Philip Martin

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Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

Photo by Rick McFarland

Amy Burton, executive director of Main Street Searcy, stands last month outside the Rialto Theater on the courthouse square in Searcy. Main Street Searcy wants to restore the movie theater, built in 1923, to its former glory.


On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is meditation the same thing as prayer? I have a friend who says she meditates a lot and finds it helpful, but when I asked her if this meant she was actually praying, she wasn't able to give me a clear answer.

Super Quiz: "Me" and "U"

1. To find the exact size of something

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) The Gallows, R Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the small-town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary -- and find out that some things are better left alone.

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week Faith of Our Fathers PG-13 Two young men (David A.R. White, Kevin Downes) whose fathers went to Vietnam in 1969 meet as strangers while on a journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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The Overnight

Patrick Brice's little movie The Overnight was one of the highlights of this year's Sundance Film Festival. It has become notorious in some circles, mostly for a quick poolside scene that occurs in the film's second act. If you've read anything about the movie, it's likely you know what I'm talking about, and if you haven't I'd rather send you to Google than spoil the mild surprise for the potential audience.

MovieStyle: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

The winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival shows up in theaters this week, a couple of days after the cineplexes have been stormed by Ah-nuld and Channing Tatum.

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Ted 2: Up in smoke

For a film about a vulgar, pot-smoking teddy bear, the thrill is gone … after just 10 minutes

A recent study reveals that while marijuana isn't as dangerous as our grandparents thought it was, it's hardly a panacea. It can relieve the chronic pain associated with cancer but not the malignancy itself.

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Saint Laurent

Like an E! channel reality show or an Instagram feed from the Met Gala, Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent" beckons with the promise of an inside look at the hectic and mysterious world of fashion.

Home Movies

Wild Tales

People are capable of amazing acts of love, generosity and self-sacrifice. They can also be vain, bitter and vengeful creatures who use their intelligence in precisely calibrated ways.


Escobar: Paradise Lost, rated R: A young surfer (Josh Hutcherson), beginning a relationship with the niece of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), finds his life on the line after being pulled into the family business.


Magic Mike XXL, R: Channing Tatum returns as the title male stripper, who three years later just might be willing to be lured out of retirement when his friends, the Kings of Tampa, ready to throw in the towel, want to do a blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach.

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Director Boaz Yakin -- along with his co-writer, Sheldon Lettich -- were already halfway to a solid family film by making a boy and his dog the central theme of "Max," which tells the story of a family that takes in a military dog traumatized after a tragedy.

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Jurassic takes another big box-office bite

Inside Out may be the first Pixar film not to debut at No. 1, but its strong $90.4 million domestic launch still ranks as the second-highest opening weekend in the studio's history.

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Escobar: Paradise Lost

A fresh dramatic perspective breathes some welcome new life into the modern drug trade genre in Escobar: Paradise Lost.

Director Liz Garbus tells What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone may have died in 2003 at the age of 70, but it's hard to get away from her and her music now.