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Wes Craven is shown in this October 2010 file photo.

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Super Quiz: Money Lyrics

1. "Put another ---------- in, in the nickelodeon"

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I believe in Jesus and go to church sometimes and all that, but I don't think we can know if we're going to get to heaven until we actually die. I think we just have to do the best we can, and hope everything will turn out OK in the end.

Springfield keeps renewing his career

Rocker-actor-writer Rick Springfield was already onto his second phase of American stardom when his 1981 single "Jessie's Girl" went into heavy radio rotation and a craze emerged for "General Hospital," featuring Springfield as the dreamy Dr. Noah Drake.

Film festival to return in 2016

The second Bentonville Film Festival will be May 3-8 next year, officials announced Thursday.

MovieStyle: Anticipation

Nobody ever sees the same movie as anyone else because we all bring our own special set of assumptions and expectations to the theater with us.

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Kill it, quick!

Hitman: Agent 47 aims, shoots … and completely misses the target

Like its title character, Hitman: Agent 47 has been specially engineered to be quick, strong and lethal. Somehow, the mad scientists behind the character and the film have inadvertently created an entity that's guaranteed to remove any trace of excitement from the screen for its entire running time.

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American Ultra

Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is an introverted, spacey stoner, content to live a simple, unassuming life living with his beautiful girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), in a small, dead-end town in West Virginia, working at a local convenience store, drawing comics about an astronaut ape and smoking copious weed whenever possible. But once his former handler, a CIA operative named Lasseter (Connie Britton), pops in the store to "activate" him, the small, meek proto-hippie turns into a very dangerous assassin, instantly killing a pair of agents sent to terminate him.

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When interviewer becomes the story

The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt's film about an interview conducted with novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky over five days in 1996, has just hit the theaters. A talky, largely two-man show that makes for curious counter-programming to the exploding inevitable seasonal blockbusters, The End of the Tour is being hailed by critics, with Jason Segel earning near unanimous praise for his portrayal of Wallace, who hanged himself in 2008.

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Home Movies

Lambert & Stamp, directed by James D. Cooper (R, 117 minutes) James D. Cooper's Lambert & Stamp is a documentary about Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, two mismatched impresarios who oversaw the first stage of The Who's astonishing rock-star career.

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Compton hits record high notes

Straight Outta Compton lifted the box office out of its August funk, debuting at No. 1 in U.S. and Canadian theaters with about $60 million.

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The Standford Prison Experiment

Philip Zimbardo's infamous 1971 experiment on prison life and power dynamics is dramatized straightforwardly, and surprisingly effectively, in Kyle Patrick Alvarez's crisply directed and at times difficult-to-watch The Stanford Prison Experience.

1971 Experiment 'hard to believe'

"Nothing like this had ever really happened before," says director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. "No one knew it would go this way, and that's why nothing like this will ever happen again. You have this really specific moment in time where the events could collude in a way to create a scary situation."

PREVIEWS

New this week American Ultra 80 R Jesse Eisenberg plays a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) is turned upside down when he discovers that he's actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation, forcing him to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

COMING MOVIES

(opening dates are tentative) No Escape, R An American family living in Southeast Asia gets caught in the middle of a violent revolution and is being hunted by a murderous rebel leader. With Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Lake Bell; directed by John Erick Dowdle. Opens Wednesday

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll invent and reinvent this year. One of your past creations will be used in a new way, and you'll make more money this time. October business ventures introduce opportunities for romance and excitement. In November, you'll realize what a good job you did in choosing your inner circle. Pisces and Scorpio people adore you.

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