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Night Before: Christmas, for guys

posted: 11/20/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

'Twas seven weeks before Christmas and, sitting down in a Beverly Hills hotel suite to talk about their new holiday comedy The Night Before, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie were feeling suitably jolly.

Names and faces

updated: 11/13/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Why did actor Shia LaBeouf invite fans to watch all the movies he's ever made with him during a three-day (and two-night) marathon at a Manhattan theater? Or to watch him watching via livestream, witnessing the drama of him occasionally stroking his beard, sipping from a cup or scratching his nose? Probably the best explanation is: Just because.

Review: History of horror

posted: 11/13/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Americans are famously forward-looking people, to the extent that we are stereotyped as being unconcerned with -- or ignorant of -- history. It's fashionable for would-be entrepreneurs to believe that prior outcomes have no bearing on future ones, that -- as Raul Julia's Italian racer declares in the The Gumball Rally -- what's behind us is "not important."


posted: 11/13/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Love the Coopers 74 PG-13 Four generations of the extended Cooper clan come together for the annual Christmas Eve celebration, at which a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn things upside down.

Review: Love the Coopers

posted: 11/13/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

As welcome as Christmas decorations before Halloween, Love the Coopers is an astonishingly lazy tale of holiday dysfunction that ineptly follows in the footsteps of a host of better movies.

Review: The 33

posted: 11/13/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Harrowing, suspenseful, pitting hope against despair and culminating in a triumph of can-do spirit -- the story of the 2010 collapse of a century-old Chilean mine is, for good and bad, the stuff of Hollywood dreams. Director Patricia Riggen finds a rigorous and affecting visual language for The 33, but she and her international cast are hampered by a screenplay that too often gets in the way of a powerful story.


posted: 11/13/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, PG-13 Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival -- they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, she and her closest friends (Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Josh Hutcherson) confront President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. With Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore; directed by Francis Lawrence. Nov. 20

ON FILM: Walking With Enemy back for another look

posted: 11/13/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Mark Schmidt's Walking With the Enemy is an oddly endearing movie -- and one that simply won't go away. The film played some film festivals two years ago and had a brief theatrical run in Arkansas in 2014. Now it's back in Little Rock and Hot Springs for another week or so. After the 4:20 p.m. screening Saturday at Little Rock's Riverdale 10, I'll conduct a question and answer session with the film's executive producer, Randy Williams.

Bond wins weekend with Spectre

posted: 11/13/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Secret agent James Bond rescued the box office after a string of October flops and propelled Spectre, the latest in the 007 franchise, to a $70.4 million first-place finish for the weekend, followed by a solid showing for The Peanuts Movie.

Lampoon displays aptitude of alumni

posted: 11/13/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Despite the fact that readers can no longer find a copy of National Lampoon on a newsstand, the humor magazine, which ran from 1970 to 1998, ended up launching a seemingly endless number of careers for writers like P.J. O'Rourke, John Hughes (the writer behind the Vacation movies, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone), Larry David and Al Jean (one of the brains behind The Simpsons). The rag also gave a boost to a radio show and a touring stage company (The Lemmings) and movies, which introduced the world to Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Meat Loaf (who was Belushi's understudy), Gilda Radner, "Don't Cry Out Loud" singer Melissa Manchester, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis and other comedy pioneers.

Review: My All American

posted: 11/13/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Freddie Steinmark certainly deserves to have a movie made about him.

Review: Suffragette

posted: 11/13/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

An earnest, melodramatic and probably necessary history lesson, Sarah Gavron's Suffragette is a grim and grimy period piece about the struggle for women's suffrage in England in the early 20th century. Perhaps that sounds like a subject worthy of some twee and tasteful public television dramatization -- if so, prepare to be unnerved by the righteous anger and seriousness of this movie about women in soft blouses and pinned hair under elaborate hats. (There was a reason that Britain passed a law in 1908 limiting the length of hat pins women could legally wear -- anything over nine inches was prohibited as a potential lethal weapon).

Super Quiz: Toe Quiz

posted: 11/13/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

1. What is your hallux?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 11/13/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year you're a fix-it expert in relationships as well as career matters. You'll let go of one job to pour your heart into another for the rest of this year. January brings a prize. A renovation begins in February. You'll travel in the spring and your options will expand because of this. Virgo and Libra adore you.

Helpful Hints

posted: 11/13/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Here is a hint for those who use a lot of mustard, mayo and ketchup in squeeze bottles. I save easy-pour spout tops off bottles (jelly, too) when we are done. I clean them and stick them in a drawer. When I get a new bottle that has only a twist cap, I find a lid that fits the new bottle. I can't always find a match, but the majority of the time I can.




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