Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman


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MOVIE REVIEW: Tomb Raider remake is an exhausting workout — and full of plot holes

Less a film than a two-hour P90X infomercial, Tomb Raider allows us to watch as super-fit Alicia Vikander goes at breakneck pace through her various fitness stations.

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Love, Simon

Love, Simon is a movie aimed at teens, with the simple message that it's best to be honest with yourself and others.

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7 Days in Entebbe

A dance piece by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin opens 7 Days in Entebbe and resurfaces in rehearsal or performance interludes throughout. Batsheva Dance Company members are arranged on chairs in a semicircle, gradually casting off their Haredi Jewish garments in convulsive movements that suggest a tortured liberation, one not without pain or fear.

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Thiedeman's short Alex to be shown with Park

I don't know if filmmaker Mark Thiedeman is familiar with Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings," but his new 29-minute film Alex in the Morning put me in mind of that remarkable no-fault breakup song from 1964. Maybe it has something do with lead actor Harrison Trigg's woolly aimlessness, or the fact that the song and the film are about departure.

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Home Movies

I, Tonya,

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New Wrinkle in Panther's path

Two Disney pictures with black directors dominated at the box office over the weekend, with newcomer A Wrinkle in Time finishing second behind the juggernaut that is Black Panther.

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I Can Only Imagine

Coming movies

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, R Annette Bening plays actress Gloria Grahame, who finds romance and happiness with a younger man but whose life changes when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s. With Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber, Leanne Best; directed by Paul McGuigan. March 23

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: You never know who has touched the TV remote in a hotel/motel room, so I take the sanitary wrap from the drinking glasses, turn it inside out and use it to cover the remote for the TV when we travel.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. The travel will give you a lucky start. Then you'll begin with your team. Whether assembled by design or the product of organic convergence, the result will be the same -- working and succeeding at a common purpose. You'll love and internalize some of what you learn for your super solo jaunt in July.

On Christianity

Christian evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham died Feb. 21. He wrote several weeks worth of columns before his death. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will continue to run his words in this space through his final column, which will run March 20.

Super Quiz: Anagrams

1. "Sale" into an ocean mammal

Coming movies Northwest Arkansas

Midnight Sun, PG-13 A 17-year-old with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight -- and who ventures out after dark to play her guitar -- must try to hide her condition from her unsuspecting new beau. With Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle, Quinn Shephard, Ken Tremblett, Jenn Griffin, Nicholas Coombe, Tiera Skovbye; directed by Scott Speer. March 23

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Little wonder

Wrinkle relies on CGI at expense of character

Much of the reason Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 book A Wrinkle in Time is still being read is because it wrestles with ideas that are still relevant. It taps into the insecurities all children and most adults face. It may also be the only novel that begins with "It was a dark and stormy night" without coming off as a parody.

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