Philip Martin

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Jennifer Christman

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Well played

Jessica Chastain hits the jackpot with Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue in Molly’s Game

In an industry notorious for marginalizing writers, Aaron Sorkin has achieved a lot. Maybe the ultimate. He has made himself a brand.

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Guest critics pick best films of 2017

Every year we get through the coldest part of winter by remembering the best films of the past year. Today we're presenting the first installment of our annual lists from critics and film buffs. There will likely be more next week and maybe the week after.

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Jedi, Jumanji hold top two spots

Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi is giving movie-theater chains a new hope for 2018.

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Home Movies


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Originals only: Best bets in film for 2018

There's nothing wrong with caped crusaders, and there will be plenty of options to watch some save the planet from complete destruction in 2018 if you so choose. But there are times when you may want something a little different from your cinematic entertainment -- something that isn't a sequel or reboot or part of some shared universe. In that case, read on for a sampling of promising original films set for the year ahead, conveniently broken down into categories.

Gamers, robbers, heroes and Abba

Here's a look at new and notable trailers that recently hit screens.

Coming movies

The Commuter, PG-13 Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman whose daily home commute on the train becomes anything but routine when he must uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the last stop. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill, Dean-Charles Chapman, Roland Moller; directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Jan. 12

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Insidious: The Last Key

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Please warn your readers about additional charges when flying. Some airlines charge for a carry-on piece. If the carry-on is too big, travelers might be required to check baggage, and that could cost $25. Flyers need to keep abreast of the fees.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. The big, beautiful life that's unfolding is something you couldn't have predicted or controlled. Your interests will multiply, which will have a similar impact on your social life. In February, your trust and friendship change a life. Your work will be immersive and fascinating in April beginning a financially bountiful trend.

On Christianity

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Do you think Jesus might come again during this year? I know we aren't supposed to make predictions, but the world is in such bad shape that I don't see how it can last much longer, unless He intervenes.

Super Quiz: Science

1. Provide the seven colors of the rainbow.

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Previews Northwest Arkansas

Insidious: The Last Key

Wonder Wheel

As the somewhat unreliable narrator -- he informs us early on that he has a tendency to indulge melodrama -- of the latest issue of Woody Allen, Justin Timberlake breaks the fourth wall to speak to us, in a way that seems somehow old-fashioned, more like the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's Our Town than characters in more modern productions such as Adam McKay's The Big Short or the (fantastic, coming soon) I, Tonya.