Philip Martin

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MOVIE REVIEW: Just 'Jackie'

Natalie Portman brings widowed first lady to life in powerful performance

Jackie Kennedy was one of the first icons I can remember.

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ON FILM: Critics' range wide in 2016 top 10 lists

For the third week in a row, notable moviegoers tell us the best movies they saw last year. We'll have at least one more of these in the newspaper -- after that we'll run some lists on the blood, dirt & angels (blooddirtangels.com) blog.

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Live By Night

It's easy to forgive Ben Affleck, who plays a Prohibition-era gangster in Live by Night, for wanting too much. After all, the Dennis Lehane novel that provides source material for the actor-screenwriter-director's latest movie is loaded with:

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Home Movies

The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker

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Figures blasts off at box office

LOS ANGELES -- The new movie Hidden Figures tells the uplifting true story of a trio of women who defied expectations as they helped the U.S. space program. Now the tale is also beating the odds at the box office.

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Patriots Day

Like the heroic Bostonians it celebrates, civilians and law enforcement both, Peter Berg's Patriots Day gets the job done. The director's second big-screen release of the year -- and his third portrait of front-line heroism starring Mark Wahlberg, after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon -- the movie is, for Berg, a characteristically high-powered rendition of a real-world disaster that's still fresh in the collective memory. If nothing else, Berg proves himself a master of filmmaking efficiency; he made this technically complex action piece in a matter of months.

Coming movies

Elle, R A video game-company CEO (Isabelle Huppert) tries to learn the identity of the man who raped her. With Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Judith Magre, Jonas Bloquet; directed by Paul Verhoeven. Jan. 20

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Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Here's a hint to consider when flying: Try putting any and all things you plan on using during the flight inside a resealable gallon-size bag.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. It's not enough for you to have a good experience, because you want epic. You'll get that, too, especially when you make an effort in March (and again in June). Hard workers inspire you to work harder in the hot months. You'll sock away money to focus on an August opportunity. Taurus and Gemini adore you.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I suddenly realized this Christmas that my faith was very shallow, and that I needed to become like the shepherds and the wise men, and actually come to Jesus and worship Him. But what do I do now?

Super Quiz: Facts about Germany

1. Germany's largest airline

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

The Founder, PG-13 Michael Keaton plays McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, who created a billion-dollar fast-food empire out of a small-time burger operation he bought in the 1950s. With Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, Justin Randell Brooke; directed by John Hancock. Jan. 20

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

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