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Jungle fever

Protagonist’s obsession with finding Lost City of Z in the Amazon is as dangerous as lush, trackless wilderness

In The Lost City of Z, a lush, melancholic story of discovery and mystery, a mesmerizing Charlie Hunnam plays a British adventurer in the Amazon who is consumed by "all the glories of exploration," as Joseph Conrad once wrote of a different journey. Enveloped by the forest, the explorer and his crew face snakes, piranhas, insects and that most terrifying of threats: other people, who at times bombard the strangers with arrows. Continue reading...

The Promise

Like its stylistic first-cousin, the bio-pic, sweeping epics very often suffer from their inflated scope, attempting to condense an enormous amount of information and story down to a small, finite series of stilted and obligatory scenes in which every point is telegraphed, and every detail is in direct service to the sprawling plot. Continue reading...

Free Fire

If Quentin Tarantino has taught us anything (debatable), it's that restraint is a front for less committed artists to hide behind, separating them from true genius. In other words, if you're going to all the trouble to make an outrageous, amoral shoot'em-up, you might as well take it all the way. In any event, Ben Wheatley certainly got the memo. His gonzo action epic plays like Reservoir Dumbasses: It dances like no one's watching, and covers the muddy tarmac in spent bullet casings. Continue reading...

Home movies

The Founder directed by John Lee Hancock Continue reading...

It's Fate that rules the cineplexes

Fate has spoken. Universal's latest addition to The Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, is what audiences worldwide want to see as the film's weekend debut is projected to be the biggest global opening of all time. Continue reading...

Born in China

Capitalizing on the annual observance of Earth Day on Saturday, the seventh film in Disneynature's documentary series features a principal cast consisting of three iconic species of bears, wildcats and monkeys native to western China. Continue reading...

Gifted

Watching Gifted, it was easy to imagine the performers practicing award speeches while waiting to deliver their next line. These speeches -- that none of them will ever get to make -- might have made better listening than the movie's dialogue. Continue reading...

Previews

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Coming movies

The Circle, PG-13 Emma Watson plays a young woman who lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company, where, encouraged by the company founder (Tom Hanks), she joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. With John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton; directed by James Ponsoldt. April 28 Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Are you thinking about going on a cruise? Here are some Heloise hints for smooth sailing: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Wanting well is an art. You want the highest and best for all involved, not just yourself. The year is marked by an attitude of flexibility that will allow you to make the most of circumstances and use the energy available instead of fighting against it. New work comes in July. Romantic love plays out like a dream. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm graduating from high school in a couple of months, and I don't have any idea what to do next. My parents are pressuring me to go to college, but I can't get excited about it. I know you'll tell me to seek God's will, but how will I know it? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Largest countries

1. The largest country wholly south of the equator Continue reading...

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

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COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

The Circle, PG-13 Emma Watson plays a young woman who lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company, where, encouraged by the company founder (Tom Hanks), she joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. With John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton; directed by James Ponsoldt. April 28 Continue reading...

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