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Review: Power restored

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Twenty years after the last Power Rangers theatrical release, the sci-fi series returns with an updated visual style and reconfigured storyline, as the Saban Entertainment property moves from 20th Century Fox to Lionsgate. Unlike the TV program (still running after 24 seasons), the feature films faded away after 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the follow-up to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released two years earlier.


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CHiPs 83 R The latest recruits for the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, forced to work together and clashing instead of clicking: Jon Baker (director Dax Shepard), a professional motorbike rider trying to put his life and marriage back together, and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Michael Pena), a cocky, undercover FBI agent investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. With Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ryan Hansen, Maya Rudolph, Jessica McNamee. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

Review: Life

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An Alien-derived creature feature that would be serviceable (if underwhelming) under ordinary circumstances, Daniel Espinosa's Life faces the unenviable prospect of emerging less than two months before Ridley Scott's new chapter in that franchise.

Review: The Last Word

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I'll admit to being a fan of director Mark Pellington, who's probably best known for his music video work (which includes "Shut It Down" by Public Enemy and "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam).


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The Boss Baby, PG A new baby's (voice of Alec Baldwin) unconventional arrival in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, is only the beginning of his impact on his new family. Turns out Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot involving an epic battle between puppies and babies. Animated, with voices of Miles Christopher Bakshi, Tobey Maguire, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, ViviAnn Yee, Eric Bell Jr.; directed by Tom McGrath. March 31

Beauty is a beast at the box office

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LOS ANGELES -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast brought so many guests to movie theaters over last weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener of 2017 so far, and the seventh-best debut of all time.

Theroux trod lightly to film My Scientology Movie

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"I've said in the past that the strangest thing about strange people is how normal they are," says BBC documentarian Louis Theroux.

Review: Wilson

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If director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) were to chop up Wilson into 5- to 10-minute segments in random order and then post them to YouTube, the final result might seem like a comic masterpiece.

Stream on: 10 films from 2016 worth seeing

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Last year, more than 730 films were released in the United States, an inundation that would stymie even the most hardcore of cinephiles -- math isn't really my thing, but we can estimate you'd have to watch a minimum of two films a day for each day of the year to have a shot at watching all of them (and considering the lowest-grossing of these films, something called Pet, racked up a hefty $70 in the course of its distribution, it would appear even hardcore completism has its limits).

Super Quiz: Long Book Titles

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1. A Connecticut Yankee in ...

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: Most airplane flights these days do not have enough time between layovers for the cleaning crew to wipe down tray tables. To keep from picking up germs, I pack several antibacterial wipes and keep them in my purse to wipe down the trays and armrests. They are also handy to use in the plane's lavatory.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. You'll see more of the world this year. A change of venue brings something fresh to your personal life. In April you'll fix something that you broke. June is for stretching your emotional muscles and taking risks with your heart. August will introduce you to new income.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: I've finally had to face the fact that my main goal in life is to get other people to like me. I guess most people are like this, but sometimes I'll go overboard trying to win someone's favor, even if it means doing something that's wrong. How can I quit this?

DEAR ABBY: Mom's adult children are slow to embrace her new husband

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DEAR ABBY: I lost my husband a few years ago and am now remarried. Some of my adult children, although they did not want me to be alone and they "say" they are happy for me, have been slow in welcoming my new husband.

Inverting Expectations

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Artist Paul Rucker was in college the first time he heard of Emmett Till -- more than three decades after the 14-year-old's lynching made national news and became emblematic of the cruelty and oppression faced by African Americans. Rucker began to realize a disconnect existed between the history we are taught and the true history of our nation.

Let There Be Light

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Director Cole Wimpee says the concept for his show, "Retrograde," premiering at Backspace (541 W. Meadow St.) at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, came out of a collaboration with University of Arkansas lighting designer Emily Clarkson.

Finding The Right Note

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One can't help but wonder: How did a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator -- whose career to date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles -- a musician who has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a who's who of artists wind up teaching at the University of Arkansas?

Two Languages Better Than One

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The inspiration for the upcoming bilingual production of "Adalita y Su Caballo: A Rodeo Cinderella" was born from a bilingual production of "The Odyssey Experience," adapted and directed by Christopher Parks four years ago, says Trike Theatre's artistic director, Kassie Misiewicz.

House Of The Rising Sun

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Don Nelms will tell you he doesn't have a strong relationship with the local music scene. Sure, he has musician friends and respects what they do, but he wouldn't consider himself among Northwest Arkansas' music influencers. That may be about to change, though, with the opening of the Sunrise Stage music venue, connected to the Sunrise Guitar shop.

Dig A Little Deeper

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Husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- better known as Shovels and Rope -- brought their rocking, Southern Gothic brand of Americana/folk music to the mainstage of the Fayetteville Roots Festival in August. Now they're returning for a show at George's Majestic Lounge on Saturday, and they might just bring everything but the kitchen sink to the stage.


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TODAY (3/24)

5x5: Five Minutes, Five Questions Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels -- "The Patron Saint of Liars," "Taft," "The Magician's Assistant," "Bel Canto," "Run," "State of Wonder" and "Commonwealth" -- plus three works of nonfiction, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize and a dozen more prestigious awards and, since opening Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., in 2011, has become a spokeswoman for independent booksellers.

As Smooth As Silk

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At a recent rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" at TheatreSquared, director, actors and assorted designers are preoccupied with the minute, technical details that must be ironed out in any production so close to opening. The beautifully detailed set by scenic designer Jean Kim, which fills the T2 auditorium and offers patrons a startlingly intimate view of the performances, embodies four different spaces -- all bedrooms. Actor Britney Walker-Merritte must exit one side of the set and enter another in a short amount of time, requiring practice. The musical recording of ragtime piano music must be matched to the hand movements of the piano-playing actor on stage, and sound designer Sinan Zafar starts and stops the recording of piano playing until the coordination is perfect.

'The Janoska Style'

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Their names may be new to American audiences, but the members of the Janoska Ensemble have pedigrees far longer than this story.






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