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New this week Far From the Madding Crowd 89 PG-13 In this latest adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic, Carey Mulligan plays independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), captivated by her fetching willfulness, a handsome and reckless soldier (Tom Sturridge) and a prosperous and mature bachelor (Michael Sheen). Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Here is my hint to keep computers running smoothly and save on storage space: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Heaven's will is carried out through your unassuming ways. You will be praised, paid and rewarded in June, but it won't matter to you nearly as much as the good that comes from your loving actions in July. Your various talents and interests beg to be explored in the fall -- follow your bliss with abandon. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm going on a mission trip with my church youth group this summer. We'll be serving in a village in a very poor country, helping to put a roof on their church and doing some Bible programs for children. Do you have any advice? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Two Male Leads

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PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week Far From the Madding Crowd 89 PG-13 In this latest adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic, Carey Mulligan plays independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), captivated by her fetching willfulness, a handsome and reckless soldier (Tom Sturridge) and a prosperous and mature bachelor (Michael Sheen). Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) Aloha, PG-13 A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to Honolulu, the site of his greatest career triumphs, and while trying to reconnect with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) unexpectedly falls for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. Continue reading...

Brawl got Gibson a nod for Mad Max

Being a bad boy can be a good career move, it turns out. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyJane Fonda is starring in a film at Cannes, but she also came to the film festival to pick up an honor. Fonda was celebrated by the Cannes Film Festival and luxury goods company Kering for her contribution to cinema Sunday as the first honoree of the "Women in Motion" program. It recognizes the work of women on the big screen. When asked about the pay divide in Hollywood, Fonda was spirited in her response. Continue reading...

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

Subscriber onlyElsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Movies in the Park Movies in the Park kicks off its 11th season with Divergent (PG-13), June 3 at the First Security Amphitheater, Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, off President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock's River Market District. Continue reading...

Vergara takes Carmen Miranda stereotype to the bank

Subscriber onlyIt has been more than 70 years since Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda rose to fame as the "Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat," becoming one of the highest-paid actresses of the 1940s and encouraging Americans to try bananas in the process. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyAn escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may be exiting The Simpsons, where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. In a pair of Twitter posts Thursday, Shearer said re-signing with the show would have denied him "what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." Continue reading...

Maximum madness

Fury Road blows screen up with crazy fun

When Aussie director George Miller made the first Mad Max film back in 1979, it wasn't necessarily to set the action-movie world ablaze, at least outside the cozy environment of the post-Armageddon desert hellscape in which the film was set. Utilizing the spare, unforgiving Outback as a backdrop, the film was exactly the kind of bloody revenge thriller that was cheap to make (a reported budget of $650,000) and popular enough so investors could expect a decent return on investment. Continue reading...

Perfect Pitch 2

Pitch Perfect 2 is less a sequel to the surprise hit that inspired it than a weak cover version. Most of the cast of the first film seem happy to return, and there are some delightful new characters, but, unfortunately, Elizabeth Banks, who makes her feature directing debut here, and screenwriter Kay Cannon, who also penned the first script, have trouble deciding where to focus the second installment. With a larger cast, more prestigious locales and a more ambitious score, the duo can be forgiven if they have trouble deciding what to cut and what to keep this time around. Continue reading...

5 Flights Up

Amiable and mild, the chief pleasures of Richard Loncraine's 5 Flights Up (which played festivals last year as Alex & Ruth) are the comfortable, unstressed performances of Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as a longtime married couple (Ruth and Alex) beginning to come to grips with new realities. Continue reading...