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Film shines spotlight on real journalism
Entertainment
Published in 13-11-2015
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The film, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of how a Boston Globe investigative team uncovered the sex-abuse scandal within the Catholic church, provides an accurate picture of how journalism is done at a major American newspaper. Even the audience gets ready to think of him as a meddling outsider, until he starts talking - at his very first news meeting - about going after charges of sex a ...>>
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Cast, punch lines save 'Coopers' from pedestrian holiday fare
Entertainment
Published in 13-11-2015
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[...] first is Christmas dinner, with their offspring Hank (Ed Helms), a single dad who is out of work; Eleanor (Olivia Wilde), a sharp-tongued and lonely writer; Emma (Marisa Tomei), a troubled soul who gets arrested for shoplifting early on; and assorted significant others, former spouses and children. Emma tries to analyze the psyche of the police officer who arrests her for stealing from a de ...>>
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Audience will know every sappy play in 'All-American' book
Entertainment
Published in 13-11-2015
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Every emotional moment is foreshadowed a few beats in advance by the manipulative musical score. There are entire scenes where you'll swear actor Aaron Eckhart as University of Texas coach Darrell Royal threw away the script and has started reading inspiring messages needle-pointed on throw pillows across the room. Royal is a young coach willing to take chances, also with no visible charact ...>>
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'Peanuts Movie' entertains while respecting its history
Entertainment
Published in 6-11-2015
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Seeing the 3-D computer versions of the Peanuts gang takes a few minutes to get used to; the female characters seem to adapt the best, but Linus and Pig Pen look like they have hair plugs culled from the twigs of a dead tree. There are no famous actors voicing the children - Blue Sky uses unknowns just as the producers did for the television special holy trinity "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) ...>>
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'Spectre' has it all: action, glamour, conspiracy
Entertainment
Published in 6-11-2015
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The two films in between were fine, and yet something was missing: "Quantum of Solace" had lots of action but no introspection; "Skyfall" was a moody entry, without much in the way of glamour. In a continuous shot, Bond meets a woman at the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City, where everyone is wearing grotesque masks. The government is considering eliminating the double-O spy program, ju ...>>
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'Miss You Already' lacks realistic take on illness - and friendship
Entertainment
Published in 6-11-2015
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Some will see "Miss You Already" as a beautiful story of love and death, friendship and mortality, and if people want to enjoy it in that way, why stop them? [...] Miss You Already" is something else, not a movie that inspires sympathetic reflection but one that allows audiences to experience the terrors and horrors of illness without any of the consequences. In Hollywood films, every sickness l ...>>
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Who knew 3-D sex scenes could seem so tedious?
Entertainment
Published in 6-11-2015
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Who knew 3-D sex scenes could seem so tedious? How titillating can this possibly be when even the actors look bored or, worse, morose?
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'Big Stone Gap' a gussied-up Hallmark movie
Entertainment
Published in 6-11-2015
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The Southern romance features Judd as a woman who seeks escape but decides, when presented with the opportunity, to stay home instead. The easy-breezy plot might work well in novel form but feels ill-suited for the big screen. Perhaps the movie's best quality is to act as a reminder that Judd is such an affable screen presence.
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In 'Brand,' Bullock balances drama, humor
Entertainment
Published in 30-10-2015
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Everything good about "Our Brand Is Crisis" is contained in the opening moments, in which Sandra Bullock, playing a political consultant, is interviewed as if for a documentary. The attempt is to create a reality wide enough to accommodate the extremes of absurdity and hard political truth, but the pieces never cohere, and so we end up with a rattling bag of disparate elements. From scene to sce ...>>
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'Armor of Light' presents one man's quixotic fight
Entertainment
Published in 30-10-2015
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In this documentary by Abigail Disney (Walt's grandniece), we learn that Schenck, a longtime anti-abortion activist and founder of the Washington religious outreach group Faith and Action, had an epiphany after the 2013 Navy Yard shootings: Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, for instance, angrily spouts off about the "nanny state," repeating the statistically unsupported gun-lobby mantr ...>>
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A riveting crash in 'Truth'
Entertainment
Published in 30-10-2015
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[...] if you want to do a television exposé about the sitting president of the United States (two months before a national election!), you'd better have every fact nailed down. [...] if the thought of the laid-back, blond and unflappable Redford playing the dark-haired, intense and tightly wired Rather sounds weird, in practice it's not. Months before, she had broken the Abu Ghraib to ...>>
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Little new on the menu in 'Burnt'
Entertainment
Published in 30-10-2015
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The food cooked and created by the great Adam (Bradley Cooper) - and served up to us in "Burnt" - looks like the worst fancy-phony trend cuisine: two tiny pieces of fish cut into perfect rectangles, served on a tiny bed of vegetables, with a garnish of spring flowers. Is this food or edible sculpture? I skipped dinner to see this movie, and the only time I felt a hint of missing something was dur ...>>
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'Experimenter' an inventive portrait of social psychiatrist
Entertainment
Published in 30-10-2015
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"Experimenter" is a dramatic feature about the life and work of Stanley Milgram, whose extensive Yale study is probably the 20th century's best-known psychological experiment. In 1961, Milgram, a young social psychologist, wanted to study obedience and authority, but he told his subjects he was testing something else, whether punishment helped people learn. Milgram found, to his horror and ...>>
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Houston native wins 'Chopped' on Food Network
Entertainment
Published in 20-3-2015
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Houston-raised food blogger Jackie Khanich has followed her taste buds from Texas to Japan and most places in between, but a trip to "Chopped" in New York City has finally given her ultimate foodie bragging rights.

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Tickets go on sale March 20 for Justin Yu's Outstanding in the Field dinner
Entertainment
Published in 20-3-2015
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Tickets go on sale March 20 for four Texas events in the popular Outstanding in the Field dining series.

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