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Review: Dragon the line

posted: 08/12/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Throughout history, the idea of dragons has made for potent enough tropes to be used to underscore nearly any theme a writer might have wanted to convey, a truism equally valid in modern pop cultural history.

Review: Anthropoid

posted: 08/12/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

In 1942, Operation Anthropoid, piloted by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile, successfully went after and killed Reinhard Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Final Solution as well as the de facto leader of Czechoslovakia. Of course, this heroic success in the face of evil speaks to the imagination; exiled auteurs Fritz Lang and Douglas Sirk made films inspired by the events that were both released barely a year later. That said, neither Lang's Hangmen Also Die! nor Sirk's Hitler's Madman were historically very accurate, because of propaganda needs and since it wasn't yet entirely clear at that time what exactly had happened.

Review: Cafe Society

updated: 08/12/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

At a recent critics screening, one fellow a few rows behind me chuckled at every name. I don't think because the allusions were especially funny -- the sentence "Adolphe Menjou is threatening to walk off the set" is not exactly a gut buster, even in context -- but because they signified a cultural awareness that the laughter in the dark wanted the rest of us to know he shared.

Review: Sausage Party

posted: 08/12/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

For an adult cartoon that prides itself on flouting any sort of good taste, Sausage Party seems curiously anemic on laughs for a movie whose villain is a feminine hygiene product (voice of Nick Kroll). Its hour and a half running time includes about 15 minutes of inspired vulgarity.

Home Movies

posted: 08/12/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

A Hologram for the King, directed by Tom Tykwer (R, 98 minutes)

Suicide Squad slays Jason Bourne

posted: 08/12/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Deadshot and his bad-guy gang hit the target this weekend as Suicide Squad notched about $134 million in the United States for the largest August opening in history.

Disney films a family affair for Howard

posted: 08/12/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Bryce Dallas Howard remembers as a child watching a video of the 1977 film Pete's Dragon on repeat until the VHS was worn out. She even hung on to her old Pete's Dragon board book to read it to her two children. So when she heard there was a script for a new take on the fantastical story of a little boy and his dragon friend, she actively sought it out.

Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

posted: 08/12/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Bad art has inspired good movies.

PREVIEWS

posted: 08/12/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

New this week Anthropoid 78 R In December 1941, two Czech soldiers (Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan) parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate a Nazi officer (Detlef Bothe).

COMING MOVIES

posted: 08/12/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Ben-Hur, PG-13 In the chariot-wheel tracks of two previous film versions (a 1925 silent and the 1959 Charlton Heston epic), based on the novel, subtitled A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace. Jack Huston plays a prince who endures years of slavery and hardship but survives to take vengeance on his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell), a Roman officer who had falsely accused him of treason.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/12/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: "Social networking" -- you hear it all the time. It can be a great platform to keep in touch with friends and family. But being knowledgeable about ways to prevent dangerous situations should be a priority for anyone, with or without children.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/12/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. What you now consider to be some of your most valuable experiences were at one time stories you didn't want to tell. Because of your open mind and embracing heart, many resplendent happenings unfold before the year is over. Take your impressive earnings and invest them in the February project.

On Christianity

posted: 08/12/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm not in good health, and I have only myself to blame. I was told repeatedly that my wild ways would catch up with me, but I didn't listen. I guess I thought I'd be the exception. I know I need God, but I don't think He likes me.

Super Quiz: Quotations

posted: 08/12/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

1. "You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!"

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

posted: 08/12/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

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