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Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

La La Land is the overwhelming favorite to win the Best Picture Academy Award according to our panel of heavily invested Oscar watchers.

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MOVIE REVIEW: No need to even show up for this idiotic 'Fist Fight'

Since the dawn of cinema, violence has been a fertile basis for humor (Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were the masters of punching and kicking their way to laughter). But if you can remember any of the pranks you pulled in high school or college that didn't get you into legal trouble, you may have the start of a better movie than Fist Fight. If you're sober enough to re-enact those stunts without getting yourself or anyone else hurt, load the video to YouTube immediately so that innocent consumers won't have to waste their cash on this.

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Chiang's short story now Oscar material

"I would have probably said the story was unfilmable," Ted Chiang says.

Previews

The Great Wall

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Collide, PG-13 To pay for his girlfriend's medical emergency, a man (Nicholas Hoult) schemes to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Anthony Hopkins). With Felicity Jones, Marwan Kenzari, Ben Kingsley, Erdal Yildiz, Clemens Schick, Nadia Hilker, Aleksandar Jovanovic; directed by Eran Creevy. Feb. 24

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A Cure for Wellness

Maybe it's easy to make a scary movie about a hospital. While going there is necessary to get better, there are constant reminders of pain and mortality.

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LEGO Batman Movie flies high

LOS ANGELES -- Goofy superhero kids' toys beat kinky whips and bondage at movie theaters this weekend as The LEGO Batman Movie topped Fifty Shades Darker for the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office.

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La La Land composer has spotlight moment

LOS ANGELES -- For La La Land composer and songwriter Justin Hurwitz, it has been a long, laborious ride from dreaming up the musical with his old college roommate Damien Chazelle more than six years ago to becoming the toast of awards season. His catchy score and songs have broken through, too, securing their place in the spotlight and overshadowing the likes of Justin Timberlake and Lin Manuel-Miranda in the awards races.

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HOME MOVIES

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is relentlessly appealing in this smart, clever and insightful comedic drama as Nadine, an awkward, abrupt and none-too-popular high school junior who lives in the shadow of her sports superstar older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Even worse, Blake starts dating Nadine’s best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), leaving Nadine feeling more isolated and lonely than ever.

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall has long been talked up as a landmark of sorts: It's Matt Damon's first foray into China, Yimou Zhang's first predominantly English-language production and the first film to come out of Legendary Pictures' continent-hopping strategy. The result, however, has turned out to be much less exciting than all the hype might have suggested.

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Huppert's mettle made Elle right fit

Isabelle Huppert has long had a reputation as one of the most fearsome and fearless actresses in the world. There has always been something steely yet vulnerable about her screen presence, an ice queen willing to show her cracks.

Super Quiz: TV shows

1. Kelcy's Bar

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I take two medications, one in the morning and one at night. They come in the same size and color bottle. I would have to read the label to figure out which one to take.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll add more and more loving people to your circle. Even though you're very secure and content without certain trappings, when they come your way over the next two months, accept graciously. There will be many helped by what you are able to give in May. You will work brilliantly in a team of two in June.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've been studying the major religions of the world, but I'm puzzled about Christianity. What makes it different from the other religions? It seems different to me, but I can't figure out why.

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

Collide, PG-13 To pay for his girlfriend's medical emergency, a man (Nicholas Hoult) schemes to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Anthony Hopkins). With Felicity Jones, Marwan Kenzari, Ben Kingsley, Erdal Yildiz, Clemens Schick, Nadia Hilker, Aleksandar Jovanovic; directed by Eran Creevy. Feb. 24

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