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Updated Nov 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM

As any veteran movie-goer knows, trailers are a lousy way to predict a movie’s success. In comedies, all the laughs might be spent in the preview. For dramas, one of the finest trailers I’ve ever seen was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and that film was a colossal disappointment. Nevertheless, the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s epic "Interstellar" had me enraptured. It was the proverbial "could-be-any-kind" movie that...

Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

People in Minnesota were allowed to begin blasting away at deer Saturday, and, once again, as usual, I didn’t join the great migration into the woods for hunting season.

Updated Nov 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

"Fury," aka the new Brad Pitt war movie, is a letdown filled with gruesome violence for the sake of shock value.

Updated Nov 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Wednesday morning, the day after Election Day, I had an interesting conversation with the manager of a business.As I paid for my things, we engaged in our usual small talk, and of course, she wanted to hear the results of our election in...

Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 8:12 AM

People often ask me: what’s the best sporting event you’ve ever seen?

Updated Oct 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Halloween isn’t officially until next Friday, but it’s understandable if you’re already fatigued.

Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 8:01 AM

David Fincher’s "Gone Girl," the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s runaway best-seller, is for people with dark hearts and deep reservoirs of cynicism...so naturally I enjoyed it immensely.

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fight against Ebola.

Updated Oct 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The search for justice in America’s criminal courtrooms can be a tortured journey. Everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty — guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Those fundamental rights are well known, but are they well...

Updated Oct 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

After a self-imposed sabbatical from the movies for most of the summer--I had no desire to see the garbage out there that passes for blockbuster entertainment--I came back to the movies in mid-September as fall brought better releases,...

Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Not all of us have lost faith in law enforcement.But it should be noted that this is a convoluted issue that will most likely be argued for as long as America remains a nation that protects the right to free speech.

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