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Names and faces

posted: 06/21/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

After visiting a camp for Syrian refugees in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, actress Angelina Jolie said the world is living through an era of mass displacement.

Names and Faces

posted: 06/19/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

NBC said Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his job as Nightly News anchorman after his suspension for misrepresenting himself but will be given a second chance with the company as a breaking-news anchorman at the cable channel MSNBC.

Review: Angels and demons

posted: 06/19/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Brian Wilson is sui generis -- a preternaturally gifted composer who apparently can hold symphonies in his head, a reluctant rock star who at the height of the Beach Boys' fame removed himself from the spotlight to brew up remarkable music in a lab. And for a long time, he felt like an American tragedy, one of those holy ones we lost to drugs or madness -- a bath-robed Leviathan playing piano in his living room sandbox.

Review: Inside Out

posted: 06/19/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

The balance of Pixar's best and most storied work has all more or less revolved around a single, supremely significant concept: Simply put, as we grow older, all sorts of changes happen that we are powerless to prevent, even when we desperately don't want them. Our lives are a series of changes and adaptations we're forced to make, for better or worse, and a fight to retain enough of our original selves so we don't feel completely lost to the riptides of our aging. This happens when we move from childhood to adulthood (the Toy Story saga); from vigorous youth to slouching middle age (The Incredibles); and from maturity to senility (Up). The potent emotional power of the best Pixar films all comes from this simple fact of recognition, and the truly brilliant element of this concept is the way it equally affects children and their parents, albeit in notably different ways.

Home Movies

posted: 06/19/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Chappie, directed by Neill Blomkamp (R, 114 minutes) Good-looking cinematography and the intriguing idea of combining artificial-intelligence science fiction with a law enforcement adventure can't overcome the fact that Chappie veers wildly from one genre to the other, ultimately succeeding at neither.

Jurassic World devours box office

posted: 06/19/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Who says dinosaurs don't still rule the Earth?

Review: Seymour: An Introduction

posted: 06/19/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Let us now praise Ethan Hawke. A little bit.

Review: Dope

posted: 06/19/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

"Dope" has a few meanings. The opening credits of Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance Film Festival hit provide three different definitions of the word.

Director shows women can carry film

posted: 06/19/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

I don't know about you, but normally a movie that trades heavily on jokes pegged to hemorrhoid wipes, stool softeners and anti-fungal cream doesn't prompt me to leave the theater thinking I've seen something that significantly advances the cause of women in film.

Review: Sunshine Superman

posted: 06/19/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

What if video recorders had been available to Roman chariot racers? Greek marathoners? Medieval jousters? What astonishing footage they would have produced, not only for each period's fans, but for those in the future who yearned to know about each sport's early days.

COMING MOVIES

posted: 06/19/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Escobar: Paradise Lost, R A young surfer (Josh Hutcherson), beginning a relationship with the niece of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), finds his life on the line after being pulled into the family business.

PREVIEWS

posted: 06/19/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

New this week Dope 87 R A young Angeleno (Shameik Moore) tries to survive life in a tough neighborhood while juggling college applications, academic interviews and the SAT when a chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could change his life.

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/19/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: We do a lot of traveling between southern Texas and Ohio. We always check the coupon books at the rest areas, as they have some great money-savers on all types of motels. Only once have we had them refuse to honor a coupon, and it usually is a better discount than other companies.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/19/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll be an important addition to a company. The venture you give your energy to in July will grow if you invest fully. In September, you'll work on improving your environment, and good things will happen. Your love life blossoms in October. You'll be paid well to solve a problem in November. Scorpio and Aquarius people adore you.

On Christianity

posted: 06/19/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Recently, our teacher asked us to write an essay on what we wanted to do in life, and I didn't know what to say. What would you have said you wanted to be when you were my age (I'm in eighth grade)?

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