Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

Photo by Sean Clancy

Spider-Man hangs around the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.


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Henderson State University professor co-curates Marvel exhibition

Perhaps you've heard of these little art films featuring characters from Marvel comic books. They are quiet releases with little fanfare and are geared mainly toward a niche audience of avid fans.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Try as she might, Cher can’t even save sequel to film based on ABBA songs

Director Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is like a pirate who follows a treasure map only to discover that other privateers have made off with most of the loot.

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30X30: Penultimate list a mishmash

We're coming to the last films of this series next week, so the grab bag of titles is dwindling. Thus, the range of films is more all over the map.

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Varied lives key to Scorsese, McCarey styles

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore from 1974 was Martin Scorsese's first studio film.

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Dracula climbs atop Skyscraper

Dwayne Johnson's burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office last weekend.

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The Equalizer 2

What made the original Equalizer special in the realm of revenge action thrillers was the imperturbable Zen attitude of Denzel Washington's Robert McCall, a retired CIA agent living simply among common people, reading worthy books and roused to action only when there were serious wrongs to be righted on behalf of people unable to help themselves.

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Home Movies

Disobedience, directed by Sebastian Lelio

Coming movies

Blindspotting, R A young man with three days left on his probation before a chance at a new beginning finds his bond with his volatile best friend tested when he sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a street chase. With Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin; directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada. July 27

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The Equalizer 2

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: The recent reader letter on an emergency road kit was informative and timely. We are planning a long road trip and will assemble a kit as outlined.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You learn to be your own cheerleader, and this makes all of the difference. You'll basically be teaching others to cheer you on as well, and with the new gumption, you'll spring over the hurdles that once kept you from your joy.

Super Quiz: Science terms plus

1. A celestial body [One who is celebrated in a field]

Coming movies Northwest Arkansas

Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, not yet rated Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), his IMF team and some familiar allies find themselves in a race against time after a mission goes wrong. With Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby; directed by Christopher McQuarrie. July 27

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'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

LOS ANGELES — "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.

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Producer delves deep into details of Whitney

The first voice you hear in the opening moments of Whitney, the searing documentary about the late superstar, is the singer herself.