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Style: Friday movie reviews

posted: 06/23/2016 11:06 a.m. Discuss

Yes, after 20 years, the aliens we repelled in Independence Day have regrouped. But since the makers of Independence Day: Resurgence declined to screen the movie in advance for the press we can’t tell you much about it. Except (spoiler alert) Will Smith isn’t in it. And there are probably explosions.

ON FILM: At midway point, highlights of 2016

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The calendar year is halfway over.

MOVIE REVIEW: Same fish story, different tank in 'Finding Dory'

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Pixar, the former boutique animation studio that could, began churning out modern kids masterpieces beginning in 1995 with Toy Story. In the 21 years since they started making full-length films, the studio has made 17 features. Included in that list are five sequels of their previous hits, including the other two Toy Story films (widely held as some of the studio's best work), Cars 2, Monsters University and now, Finding Dory, the sequel to one of the studio's least surprising entries, Finding Nemo. As good as Pixar's overall track record has been, the sequels, short of the Toy Story pair, have fared somewhat less well.

Review: Central Intelligence

posted: 06/17/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

At times, it's for the best that someone forgot to tell Dwayne Johnson that he's an action hero.

PREVIEWS

posted: 06/17/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Central Intelligence 73 PG-13 Dwayne Johnson plays a guy who, bullied as a teen for being overweight, shows up fit and muscular to his high school reunion, where he encounters a fast-talking, former-athlete accountant (Kevin Hart), now a lethal CIA agent, who needs his number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. With Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin; directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. (114 minutes)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/17/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

The Dark Horse, R After suffering a nervous breakdown, a chess player (Cliff Curtis) volunteers to teach a group of disadvantaged children how to play. With James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Xavier Horan, Miriama McDowell, Wayne Hapi, James Napier Robertson, Te Ahorangi Retimana-Martin; directed by Robertson. June 24

Home Movies

posted: 06/17/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

45 Years, directed by Andrew Haigh

Warcraft conjuring run at top spot

posted: 06/17/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Though Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case ghosted all of its competition at last weekend's box office, all eyes are on the performance of Universal/Legendary's Warcraft. Though the video game adaptation grossed only a modest sum in the U.S and Canada, given its hefty production budget, the picture's international numbers wildly made up for it.

COMMENTARY: Warcraft fan: Film lacks actual magic

posted: 06/17/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

If you've spent time running endgame content in Blizzard's World of Warcraft, you're familiar with the dreaded raid wipe. During these large-scale encounters, parties of multiple players fall victim to poor execution, bad timing and a lack of coordination. Frustration sets in, petty bickering ensues, and you're left wondering who to blame. But, in the end, the failure is a collective one.

Hamilton as a film? Maybe in 10 years

posted: 06/17/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has made history in numerous ways, injecting energy into the musical, populating the stage with black people and bringing young audiences to a middle-aged Broadway.

Super Quiz: Numbers

posted: 06/17/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

1. Which four numbers have the shortest names?

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/17/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I'm writing to you about using the internet for solving problems. My son, who is a homeowner, has made several videos on home and vehicle repairs to help those in need.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/17/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. The beginning of the story sets up many promises. What do you think? Will this work for you? Your wishes for the year will come true in an accelerated way through July. September and October focus on expanding your family and the business you do together. This will be among your favorite holiday seasons.

On Christianity

posted: 06/17/2016 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My friend collects all kinds of figures of angels -- porcelain, plastic, crystal, you name it. But when I asked her if she actually believes in angels, she said she wasn't sure. However, she went on to say that she thinks these figures will bring her good luck. Will they?

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/17/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Free State of Jones, R In this action-drama set during the Civil War, a defiant Southern farmer bands together with other farmers and local slaves to lead an extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones in one Mississippi county. With Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell; directed by Gary Ross. June 24

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