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Begin Again

An old-fashioned movie musical disguised as a featherweight urban rom-com, John Carney's Begin Again is a movie you'll have to meet at least halfway. No, characters don't break into song on the streets of New York or tap-dance through the rain, but it's a movie that very much relies on its musical component to engage its audience. Continue reading...

Hellion

Aaron Paul can handle a conflicted character. His hair-trigger emotional shifts transformed a shifty, sleazy little drug dealer into an essential player in Breaking Bad. That Emmy Award-winning talent works to bring devastating honesty to Hellion, where Paul portrays Hollis Wilson, an oil refinery worker in southeast Texas who, for all practical purposes, abandons his children in favor of drinking himself into numb oblivion while mourning his dead wife. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Le Week-End, directed by Roger Michell (R, 99 minutes) In Roger Michell's Le Week-End, aging British couple Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) go to Paris to celebrate their anniversary. Continue reading...

No 1. still in Transformers' grip

Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount Pictures' summer blockbuster, dominated domestic theaters for a second week, outselling three new films opening in wide release over a lackluster Independence Day weekend. Continue reading...

FILM CLIPS

At area theaters 77 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, PG-13 Only Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), as Spidey comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Continue reading...

Gore Vidal: The Unites States of Amnesia

Martin Amis once observed that Gore Vidal's love affair with Gore Vidal was not simply infatuation -- it was the real thing. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Planes: Fire & Rescue, PG World famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, shifts gears and enters the world of aerial firefighting, joining a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire -- including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen). Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Begin Again 89 R College sweethearts and songwriting partners decamp for New York but when he lands a deal with a major label, she's at loose ends until a disgraced record label exec stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: A recent column about coupon hints brought in a bunch of comments and suggestions. Here are just a few, and they are about sending coupons to military families: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll leave a strong mark on the book of life this year. You'll enjoy and welcome contact with the world in the next 10 weeks, and then you'll enter into a more introspective period. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My favorite song is the one that says, "I did it my way," because that's what I've always done. I'm even going to have it put on my tombstone. I'm sorry if it offends you, but I don't need God or a bunch of religious fanatics telling me what to do. What's wrong with that? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Hudson Bay

1. Which strait connects the bay to the Atlantic Ocean? Continue reading...

To get 'live film,' you have to be there

I met filmmaker Sam Green three years ago. He was passing through town and our mutual friend Dave Anderson -- the photographer and filmmaker who, among other things, shoots and reports the SoLost video series under the auspices of the Oxford American -- arranged for us to have lunch together at a local barbecue place. Continue reading...

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