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Beatty likes to let ideas linger longer

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was finally time.

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Move over, Moana: Sidekick Dwayne Johnson steals the show from Disney princess

Sometimes a single character can make a conventional story seem anything but routine.

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BOX OFFICE: 'Beasts' flies lower than expected

Casting a spell over the box office, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took the top spot -- besting fellow new releases Bleed for This and The Edge of Seventeen.

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Johnson not out of character as cartoon

Dwayne Johnson knows how moviegoers want to see him.

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Bad Santa 2

Q: When is a nihilist no longer a nihilist?

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Home Movies

Finding Dory, directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane

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Allied

At one point in Allied, Robert Zemeckis' would-be World War II thriller, a protagonist is seen lying in bed, reading a Graham Greene novel. The association is anything but random: Greene, one of the great spy novelists of all time, was known for his twisty, convoluted plotlines, and noir-esque touches. You can certainly imagine all the ways Zemeckis' film yearns to echo Greene's sophisticated flim-flammery, but sadly, inserting the book's cover in that scene is as close as the film ever comes.

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Rules Don't Apply

At this point, Warren Beatty has been off the big screen for 15 years -- or five years longer than Howard Hughes, the man he plays in his new serio-comedy Rules Don't Apply, a recluse so mysteriously out of the public eye. At once an amusingly eccentric take on a billionaire fixated with controlling other people's lives and a romance about a young couple constrained by the conservative religious and social sexual mores of the 1950s, this is a fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way midflight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.

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Allied

Coming movies

Incarnate, PG-13 An exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) taps into the subconscious mind of a tormented boy (David Mazouz) possessed by a demon. With Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Keir O'Donnell, Matt Nable; directed by Brad Peyton. Dec. 2

Helpful Hints

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Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. If you absolutely had to distill the meaning of life into one word, your word would be "love." You'll live, give and have so much of it this year, you'll be pinching yourself to make sure you're not in a dream.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our father says he is a Christian and believes in Jesus, and he tells my sisters and me to stop worrying about whether or not he's going to heaven. But when we try to get him to talk about his faith, he just clams up and won't say anything. What can we do?

Super Quiz: Rhyme Time

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COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

Incarnate, PG-13 An exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) taps into the subconscious mind of a tormented boy (David Mazouz) possessed by a demon.