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I Am Not Your Negro

Thirty pages of notes and an invisible pile of regrets were all the writer James Baldwin had in his hands when he abandoned work on a book, initiated in 1979, he called Remember This House. Continue reading...

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The Great Wall 75 PG-13 A mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) imprisoned within the Great Wall of China joins a huge army of elite warriors to battle waves of marauding beasts. With Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han; directed by Yimou Zhang. (1 hour, 43 minutes) Continue reading...

MOVIE REVIEW: Batty fun

Glaring retail ties aside, Bats and the gang deliver gaggle of giggles

More than once, I had to look up the name of the film -- was it The LEGO Batman Movie, or The Batman LEGO Movie? -- which is a pretty sure sign that we're dealing with the very corporate synergies that I usually rail against (see nearly all my writing about Disney over the last five years). In this case, we have a film from Warner Bros. using their DC ownership to create yet another Batman movie, in conjunction with the privately-owned LEGO Group, to produce a 104-minute film that is entirely built from toy product placement. Continue reading...

John Wick: Chapter 2

It's fitting that John Wick: Chapter 2 begins with a few clips of the cinema's first Great Stone Face -- Buster Keaton -- projected on a wall outside a building. Like his silent movie predecessor, star Keanu Reeves has a granite visage that hints at a torrent of emotions behind it. Continue reading...

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COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Great Wall, PG-13 A mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) imprisoned within the Great Wall of China joins a huge army of elite warriors to battle waves of marauding beasts. With Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Han Lu; directed by Zhang Yimou. Feb. 17 Continue reading...

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Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols Continue reading...

Wilson's characters thrill Fences actors

The late August Wilson turned Pittsburgh's Hill District, where he grew up, into a kind of Yoknapatawpha County, setting nine of his Century Cycle plays there. Fences, the most famous of these works, features an indelible garbage man, Troy Maxson, whose life is complicated by his myriad relationships with his wife, children and brother. One of the more famous adaptations of this Pulitzer Prize winner came in 2010, with Denzel Washington playing Troy; and Viola Davis playing his loyal wife, Rose. For the film adaptation, which Washington also directed, he kept those roles the same, but added some new faces, including young Jovan Adepo, who plays Troy's youngest son Cory, and Russell Hornsby, who plays his older son, Lyons. For those two, the opportunity to act with Washington and Davis on Wilson's most revered play, was a chance of a lifetime. They spoke with us about working with the legendary Washington, Wilson's body of work, and the difficulty of acting in front of a camera. Continue reading...

Split won't let go of No. 1 spot

LOS ANGELES -- For the third weekend in a row, Universal's Split landed in the No. 1 box-office spot, beating out new releases -- Paramount's Rings, STX Entertainment's The Space Between Us and Columbia's The Comedian. Holdovers dominated on a slow Super Bowl weekend. Continue reading...

Ring stays around with clones, sequels

This month, 12 years after The Ring movie franchise last haunted North American theaters, the vengeful ghost Samara and her cursed video are back in search of new victims. Continue reading...

1933 film autocrat similar to Trump

If our current president finds himself with a spare hour and a half, he might get an inspirational kick out of this little-known 1933 political fantasy about a leader who blows straight through his political enemies to implement a highly aggressive agenda and save the world. Gabriel Over the White House is one of the more astonishing wish-fulfillment fables to come out of Depression-era Hollywood. You can't quite believe what you're watching even as you're watching it. Walter Huston, three years after he portrayed Abraham Lincoln on screen, plays the newly elected president, Jud Hammond. He's genial, ineffectual, an easily manipulated party hack to the core. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Pluralplease

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Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Before going on road trips with my children, I give them a shoebox-size container to fill with activities, games, books or simple crafts that they want with them during the trip. Once full, nothing more can be taken, which makes them choose wisely. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. People want to know you and be a part of your team, not because of what you can do for them but because of who you are. Your talents are a match for the March agenda. There's a victory in April. August shifts the energy to your physical self, and you'll get stronger and fitter. Continue reading...

ON CHRISTIANITY

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My mother always said she never wanted us to put her in a nursing home, and she made us promise we never would. But now her Alzheimer’s is getting much worse, and it’s going to be impossible for us to take care of her. Will God hold us to our promise? Continue reading...

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