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Movie Review: 'Ricki and the Flash'
Aug 12 2015
Not even the storied talent of Meryl Streep can hold together the scattershot elements of the character study “Ricki and the Flash.”

Author explores how art, architecture lead us to prayer
Aug 11 2015
Art is a gift that springs from life, and thus, according to the author, is a form of giving one’s life for others.

Movie Review: 'Shaun the Sheep Movie'
Aug 06 2015
“Ewe” are bound to have fun watching “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” an endearing - and pun-filled - animated feature about the madcap adventures of a woolly English flock.

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'
Aug 02 2015
This 'Mission Impossible' delivers a steady but stylized parade of action. The result is a nifty espionage adventure that most parents will likely find acceptable for their older teens.

Movie Review: 'Vacation'
Jul 29 2015
The dog days of summer may inspire the urge to get away from it all. Wise moviegoers, however, will not seek their relief in “Vacation," a dog of a comedy that happily rolls around in all manner of muck.

Movie Review: 'Pixels'
Jul 27 2015
All those misspent hours of youth, spending quarters on mindless video games, are finally put to use in “Pixels,” a manic comedy about an alien invasion of Earth by 3-D characters from the arcade.

Movie Review: 'Southpaw'
Jul 23 2015
In the visceral boxing drama “Southpaw,” a seasoned trainer tries to convince a broken-down fighter that boxing is more mental than physical. A successful practitioner must use his head and strategize.

Movie Review: 'Trainwreck'
Jul 21 2015
The self-deprecation in the title of this raunchy romantic comedy, a vehicle for stand-up comedienne Amy Schumer, is warranted

Movie Review: Ant-Man
Jul 20 2015
Ridiculous, yes, but “Ant-Man” is nonetheless great fun, with swarms of creepy-crawlies rendered in glorious 3-D.

Movie Review: Minions
Jul 10 2015
Fillet it how you will, "Minions" (Universal) is a rare treat.

Movie Review: 'Faith of Our Fathers"
Jul 08 2015
Well-intentioned but awkwardly uneven drama about evangelical Christianity's impact on two generations of families.

Movie Review: 'Terminator: Genisys'
Jul 02 2015
Any movie plot that hangs on the ability of an adult character to journey into the past to give vital advice to himself as a child is bound to register as somewhat convoluted.