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Arkansas native Mary Steenburgen embraces humor

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- She can still see him, her father, waving from the top of a boxcar, dawn filling the sky behind him, many years and miles from where she is now, sitting in a glass house near a redwood, taking stock of her latest movie, her long Hollywood career and the wondrous and scary things learned in an Arkansas childhood.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Deadpool 2' earns R rating with violence, profanity and dark humor

As a fan of the first Deadpool movie, I was alarmed when, a week before the press screening, a publicist's note indicated the sequel was "rated PG-13." But the charm of the first film lay in its "good taste be damned" attitude! Fortunately, that was just a typo.

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3 female heroes have Deadpool's back

It's not easy being a friend to Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, the costumed Marvel Comics mercenary with super-enhanced healing abilities and preternatural patter. And that's especially true for the women of the superhero sequel Deadpool 2, who have to put up with his wisecracks, not-so-wise cracks, idiotic cracks, and cracks in walls and furniture where bullets hit and knives get lodged.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, PG Filmmaker Wim Wenders examines Pope Francis' personal journey to present his work of reform and answer today's global questions. May 25

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Show Dogs

Maybe the Motion Picture Association of America should add an additional audience rating for movies. Show Dogs would make an ideal test case for this new "NG" or "No Grownups" designation.

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Avengers invincible at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Avengers: Infinity War easily retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, adding about $62 million in ticket sales. What's more, the Disney/Marvel film launched to more than $200 million in China, giving it a global haul of more than $343 million over the weekend.

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Book Club

On the surface, it seems refreshing to have a movie built around women in their 60s, 70s and 80s discovering love and other impulses that in Hollywood products often seem exclusive to the young. Setting the story around a book club is nice touch, but this new offering from co-writer-director Bill Holderman would have been more satisfying if it seemed the folks behind the movie had actually cracked open a novel or two.

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Disobedience

The phrase "May you live a long life," sounds like a blessing, but might be uttered as a curse. It isn't exactly a welcoming sound when it's pronounced by stern men in black and women in wigs to the rabbi's estranged daughter (Rachel Weisz) who, in the wake of his death, has returned to the north London Orthodox enclave she fled many years.

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Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I hate the words "as you age" or "as we get older." It makes some people feel useless or decrepit. My doctor says, "As you have another birthday." Sounds good to me!

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Success is now. It's not something that's hanging from the trophies of the future; it's a satisfaction that comes at the end of today's mile marker. Remember this and the solar return will bring you abundance beyond your childhood fantasies.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story, PG-13 Young Han Solo, always involved in a series of daring escapades, meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. With Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Linda Hunt, Jon Favreau, Joonas Suotamo; directed by Ron Howard. May 25

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