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Draft Day about people, not football

“If you want to make a good sports movie you’ve got to cut down on the sports, you’ve got to make it about people.” — Kevin Costner That’s what Draft Day is about: people whose lives are centered on sports, not about the sport itself. Continue reading...

50 to 1 filmmakers in town

The 50 to 1 “bus tour,” consisting of cast members and the producer of the film about a Kentucky Derby-winning racehorse, will be at the Regal Breckenridge Stadium 12, 1200 Breckenridge Drive in Little Rock, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Continue reading...

The Raid 2

While it may be reasonable to ask what our enjoyment of viciously violent movies says about us (and whether we might be harming our souls by watching them), it’s hard to imagine anyone being left unimpressed by the sheer ingenuity of Welsh director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the inevitable sequel to his similarly beautiful, similarly savage but far lower budget 2011 film The Raid: Redemption. Continue reading...

Captain America sequel soars

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the superhero sequel to the 2011 movie, generated an estimated $95 million in its weekend debut for Walt Disney Co., a record for an April release. Continue reading...

Film clips

At area theaters 86 BAD WORDS, R Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut and plays a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole in the rules to hijack a national spelling bee. (89 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Heaven Is for Real, PG A small-town father (Greg Kinnear) must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Draft Day 88 PG-13 The general manager of an NFL team (Kevin Costner) must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection — while negotiating a trade for the No. 1 pick. Continue reading...

HELPFUL HINTS

DEAR READERS: We can do a lot with our smartphones these days — access the Internet, social media, email, bank accounts, etc. But there is a lot of personal information stored on your phone — banking, credit cards, etc. — that can make losing your phone really scary, as well as a possible identity theft threat. Continue reading...

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Happy birthday. You’ll know which sacrifices are necessary. The next seven weeks see you accomplishing a fitness- or image-related goal, and someone notices in May. Continue reading...

ON CHRISTIANITY

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have a friend who doesn’t bother with God or church most of the year, but as Easter approaches she suddenly gets religious — goes to church, observes Lent and so forth. Do you think she’s a real Christian, or is it all fake? — V.G. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: New Zealand

1. What is the largest city? 2. What is the name of the native people? 3. Name the two main islands. 4. What nickname is used internationally for people from New Zealand? 5. What is a kiwi? Continue reading...

Oculus

Subscriber onlyMirrors have been as much of a fixture in horror movies as knives and cats that suddenly jump from the shadows. But they’re best in cameos, as in the ending of Dressed to Kill or the bathroom scene in The Shining. Oculus revolves entirely around an ornate mirror that is, what, a gateway to hell? A summoning force for evil spirits? A really ugly piece of furniture from a medieval Pottery Barn? Continue reading...

Rio 2

Subscriber onlyRio 2 75 Cast: With the voices of Kristin Chenoweth, Jemaine Clement, Jesse Eisenberg, Miguel Ferrer, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Rita Moreno, Tracy Morgan Director: Carlos Saldanha Rating: G Running time: 101 minutes For an animated movie that’s loaded with color and frenetic activity, Rio 2 manages the feat of becoming numbingly dull. Dentists eager to save money on anesthetics should have this playing as patients enter. They’ll remember neither the oral surgery nor the images that preceded it. Continue reading...

HOME MOVIES

Subscriber onlyAugust: Osage County, directed by John Wells (R, 121 minutes) The opening scene of August: Osage County features a frightful introduction of the Weston family of Pawhuska Okla., with vitriol-spewing Violet (Meryl Streep) interrupting a conversation between her husband, once-renowned poet Beverly (Sam Shepard), and a potential live-in domestic worker (Misty Upham) that will cause audience members to squirm in their seats. And that’s only the beginning. Continue reading...

MovieStyle: Back in the game

While Kevin Costner’s career has had its ups and downs, you’d be hard-pressed to think of an actor who has has more success with movies set in the world of sports. So it might be fair to wonder why it took him so long to make a football movie like Draft Day, which opens this week. Continue reading...

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