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How do I love thee?

Let me count the (11) ways … or in the movies, anyway

Love is a many-splendored thing, as we've been told since the 1955 William Holden vehicle, but that doesn't mean every phase is without its pitfalls. Continue reading...

The Nice Guys

From the jump, Shane Black's comic gumshoe yarn makes its particular ambience manifest: There's the flat-affect "WB" logo, the pulsating beat and heavy funk bass twang of the soundtrack, and the triple-piped font of the opening credits. The camera is positioned high over a cityscape, above and slightly behind the old-school Hollywood sign. We are duly informed that we are looking at Los Angeles in 1977, but if you had any question of the time or place, you really weren't paying attention. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

The Angry Birds Movie 72 PG On an island populated almost entirely by happy, flightless birds, it's up to unlikely outcasts Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper, speedy Chuck (voice of Josh Gad) and the volatile Bomb (voice of Danny McBride) to figure out what's going on with the apparent invasion of mysterious green piggies. Animated; with voices of Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Keegan-Michael Key; directed by Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly. (97 minutes) Continue reading...

Home Movies

The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers (R, 92 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES

Alice Through the Looking Glass, PG Alice (Mia Wasikowska) comes across a magical looking glass and returns to fantastical Underland, re-encountering her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), whose Muchness requires an epic quest to restore. With Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen; directed by James Bobin. May 27 Continue reading...

The Meddler

Here we have an attractively aging woman, recently widowed and well off, who is determined to be happy. To that end, she spends her time interfering in others' lives, presumably to try to make them happy too, but mostly to bring meaning to her existence. Continue reading...

Captain America keeps up good fight

LOS ANGELES -- When Captain America and Iron Man fight it out, all others take a seat, as seen at last week's box office as Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War outperformed the two new releases, TriStar Pictures' Money Monster and The Darkness from Focus Features' High Top Releasing unit. Continue reading...

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

In the better movies Seth Rogen has starred in or written, there's plenty of heart and some traces of brain to go with all the gags that involve genitals. Neighbors 2 is oddly touching because it's about how Mac Radner (Rogen) and wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) uncomfortably realize that they aren't cool anymore. Some of the things they enjoyed in their 20s are now grossly irresponsible. Continue reading...

The Angry Birds Movie

On a cellphone or a tablet, Angry Birds is more addictive than most opioids. Every time a game ends, the defiant grunting from the pigs who've stolen eggs from flightless birds beckons a player to try again. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Homonyms

1. She has a couple of cats, and I have ——— ———. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: When we fly and use the long- or short-term parking lots, we always take our vehicle registration and insurance documents with us. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Usually you wouldn't dedicate yourself to the pursuit of pleasure, but you will come to understand how important your happiness is to others. A joy quest will continue into August. Your talent will excite fans in September. You'll cash in an ancient investment in November. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you think computers will take over the world someday? I got a smartphone for Christmas, and I'm really amazed at all the things it can do. But it also makes me worry about what the world will be like 30 or 40 years from now. Continue reading...

NW COMING MOVIES

Alice Through the Looking Glass, PG Alice (Mia Wasikowska) comes across a magical looking glass and returns to fantastical Underland, re-encountering her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), whose Muchness requires an epic quest to restore. With Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen; directed by James Bobin. May 27 Continue reading...

MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram for the King

One of the reasons people make movies is so that other people will not be required to read books. Students have long perceived this utility, reasoning that a couple of hours spent with a DVD of All Quiet on the Western Front might give them a bluffer's chance of knowing something about Erich Maria Remarque's Paul Baumer. (Hopefully they go for the Lewis Milestone Oscar-winning version from 1930 rather than the 1979 TV movie.) Continue reading...

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