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Mission: Fairly Difficult?

Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt a little tired as the super spy tackles yet another caper

The main difference between James Bond and Ethan Hunt is really in the people portraying the characters: There have been seven actors to portray Bond since his debut in 1962; since the first "Mission: Impossible" film, back in 1996, there has only been one Hunt, and that would be Tom Cruise. Continue reading...

Home Movies

"Revenge of the Mekons," directed by Joe Angio: This energetic, raucous documentary draws a sharp-edged yet affectionate portrait of the Mekons, a genre-defying British cult band that’s been creating its unique brand of punk rock since 1977. Continue reading...

Infinitely Polar Bear

I find movies like "Infinitely Polar Bear" to be highly problematic to review. This is a movie that feels very specific, the product of processed pain. Continue reading...

Aloft

Before I saw Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's film "Aloft" at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I'd heard that the film was "impenetrable." Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

"Vacation," 66, R: Billed as a "sequel" to "National Lampoon's Vacation," but pretty much a remake. Continue reading...

Pixels just blip for No. 1 Ant-Man

After receiving a Donkey Kong-style pounding from critics, "Pixels," the '80s video-game comedy starring Adam Sandler, was edged out at the box office on its opening weekend, failing to take the No. 1 spot from "Ant-Man," which added about $25 million to its take. Continue reading...

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

The quirky charm, visual wit and melancholy undertow of Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet" translate joyously to the screen in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet," a rare example of source and adaptation making a perfect match. Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES

Dark Places, R: Charlize Theron plays a woman whose testimony at age 7 sent her 16-year-old brother (Tye Sheridan) to prison for life for the murder of their mother and two sisters. Aug. 7. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. It will be a year marked by fascination. Prioritize the people, places and interests that spark your curiosity. In August, this spark will turn into a fire. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: The King

1. "The King of Swing" Continue reading...

Boyfriend reveals that his soul mate died years ago

DEAR ABBY: I have been close to my best friend for three years. A year ago we decided to date. We have a wonderful relationship on almost every level. The only issue I have is that he's reluctant to open up about his past. Continue reading...

New Vacation elicits look at laughable remakes

In Hollywood's reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements -- Bill Murray's timing, John Belushi's eyebrows -- that make up a great comedy. Continue reading...

Blanchard Springs Caverns cool in many ways

On the parking lot at Blanchard Springs Caverns, 230 feet overhead, the temperature on a sultry summer afternoon hovers in the mid-90s. Continue reading...

Fermenting vegetables

Subscriber onlyGardens and farmers markets are about to be overflowing with fresh produce, and home cooks are dusting off the Mason jars and pulling out the giant canning pot to "put up" all of this glorious food. But wait! This year, why not do something good for your gut and jump on the probiotics bandwagon by fermenting some of your bounty? Continue reading...

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