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DEAR ABBY: Man drains family savings to fund failing enterprise

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 23 years, "Gerald," quit his job to start his own law firm. He told me about it only after he had quit. I have tried to be supportive, but seven months down the line, he has spent all our "rainy day" cash and earned only one paycheck. We have two teenagers, one who will be going to college in a year.

ON FILM: Watching for the magic

posted: 12/02/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

There were only a couple of people in the theater when we went to see Bad Santa 2 the day before Thanksgiving. And maybe that's what the film deserves -- I was happy not to have to review it, for if I had I would have probably concentrated on its narrative laziness and the odd sense I received that Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates somehow knew they were trapped in a movie far beneath their superlative talents and were simply trying to amuse each other.

Previews

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Believe PG A small-town business owner and a boy who believes in miracles save the annual Christmas pageant. With Ryan O'Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Kevin Sizemore, David DeLuise; directed by Billy Dickson. (2 hours)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 12/02/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Office Christmas Party, R When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's (T.J. Miller) branch office, he and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) rally their co-workers to host an epic office Christmas party that will impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. With Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Vanessa Bayer, Jamie Chung; directed by Will Speck, Josh Gordon. Dec. 9

Review: Moonlight

updated: 12/02/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Immediately after screening Barry Jenkins' remarkable, poetic coming-of-age drama Moonlight, I began worrying about how I might write about it without making this brooding film sound like any number of other stories about lost kids growing up on mean streets strewn with the glass and foil paraphernalia of American drug culture.

Box office: Moana bests Beasts for No. 1 slot

posted: 12/02/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's Moana sailed to No. 1 at the box office over the long holiday weekend, with estimated ticket sales of $82 million -- more than enough to bump last week's chart-topper, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to second place.

Commentary: Hacksaw Ridge tale: Risking all for rights

posted: 12/02/2016 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

It was the great cataclysm of the 20th century -- World War II. America was fighting for its life. Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, totalitarian nightmares bent on world conquest, had to be defeated.

REVIEW: The Eyes of My Mother

posted: 12/02/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The virtues of writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature are readily apparent. The Eyes of My Mother looks fantastic, shot in a shadowy black-and-white that evokes the nightmare-inducing TV shows of the late ’50s and early ’60s (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits) as much as Ingmar Bergman. It doesn’t get bogged down in dialogue or make any sort of attempt to explain the cruel pathology of its characters. For an arty, brutal arthouse project it’s admirably lean and brisk.

'Princess' Moana not easy to create

posted: 12/02/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall and Chris Williams made sure that everything in their new animated film, Moana, was as near perfection as possible. From the smallest blade of grass to a mountain of lava, it had to be right.

Home Movies

posted: 12/02/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, directed by Mandie Fletcher

Super Quiz: All in the family

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1. A personification of the U.S. government

Helpful Hints

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DEAR READERS: With the internet becoming our "go-to source" for education, solutions, ideas, hints, etc., consider educating yourself on some of the most common fraud schemes you could fall victim to.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/02/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Professional adventures are so thrilling you may put key parts of your life on the back burner while you pursue ambitions in this regard. Reward the loyal loved ones who support you through this. You'll love what comes from it in May.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A man I work with says Jesus never claimed to be God or divine or anything like that. I don't know much about the Bible, but is he right? If so, why bother celebrating Christmas?

Tiny Art, Big Impact

posted: 12/02/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Eve Smith, director of visual arts at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, promises that the nonprofit's annual 5x5 Soiree on Thursday will offer not only the charming 5-by-5 inch canvases created by area artists, creatives and local businesses, but it will also include a special nod to Springdale's history. A hallway in the art gallery will be dedicated to photos of historic Emma Avenue and artwork created by the businesses located there.

Nothing Like Normal

posted: 12/02/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Anyone who knows the comedy of David Sedaris will almost certainly recognize "The Santaland Diaries," the tale of the Christmas season he spent as a Macy's elf. "Season's Greetings," another Sedaris monologue presented in the form of a holiday letter to friends, is less well known. The first is likely to elicit snickers, groans and nods of recognition. The second will probably produce gasps and guffaws, along with the shaking of heads in disbelief.

'Blown Out of Their Chairs'

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"That's maybe been my greatest asset in my music. People say, 'I'm sitting in the audience bawling my head off.' And that happens all the time. That emotion of being moved to where they have tears all the time -- it's much more difficult to do it with an instrument than with a lyric."

Fans Asked, He Sang

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Irish singer Eamonn McCrystal is crisscrossing the country right now with Chloe Agnew -- a member of the Celtic Woman ensemble -- to play 15 cities in 18 days. But it's not 15 shows of Celtic music. The duo will perform Christmas songs, some songs from McCrystal's latest album and a few tunes audiences may not realize have Irish roots.

Prime Time For Singing

posted: 12/02/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Stephen Caldwell is excited about Christmas -- not just because he and wife Maura have a new baby boy to share it with. The holiday season, says Caldwell, is prime time for groups like Schola Cantorum, the premiere choral ensemble he directs at the University of Arkansas.

Deck The Halls

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Creating A Christmas Custom

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Nicole Cotton fondly remembers her childhood holidays, with dinner on Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents and dinner on Christmas Day with the other, waiting until dark to open gifts and caroling around the neighborhood for hours.

Best Bets: December

posted: 12/02/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

A new calendar, "Best Bets" will look at the most exciting events of the coming month. It will appear on the first Friday of every month in What's Up!

LIVE! in NWA

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An Inspired Homecoming

posted: 12/02/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Camden Shaw figures he must have been about 7 years old when he watched his father conduct influential cellist David Finckel in a small orchestra. Sure, his family had already hoped to play together as a quartet with Camden at the cello, but it was from that moment he says he knew he really wanted to pursue the instrument. Fast forward a few years and now Shaw, still just in his late 20s, is the cellist for what is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand quartets in the world.

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