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Philip Martin

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Jennifer Christman

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Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is a ship’s captain who must return to Wonderland and travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter in James Bobin’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to the 2010 Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland.

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Depp: Dog fight, then divorce

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of Rum Diary, a 2011 movie based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel. In the film, Depp plays a clumsy journalist in Puerto Rico who immediately becomes infatuated with Heard's character, the fiancee of an unscrupulous businessman.

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How do I love thee?

Let me count the (11) ways … or in the movies, anyway

Love is a many-splendored thing, as we've been told since the 1955 William Holden vehicle, but that doesn't mean every phase is without its pitfalls.

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The Nice Guys

From the jump, Shane Black's comic gumshoe yarn makes its particular ambience manifest: There's the flat-affect "WB" logo, the pulsating beat and heavy funk bass twang of the soundtrack, and the triple-piped font of the opening credits. The camera is positioned high over a cityscape, above and slightly behind the old-school Hollywood sign. We are duly informed that we are looking at Los Angeles in 1977, but if you had any question of the time or place, you really weren't paying attention.

PREVIEWS

The Angry Birds Movie 72 PG On an island populated almost entirely by happy, flightless birds, it's up to unlikely outcasts Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper, speedy Chuck (voice of Josh Gad) and the volatile Bomb (voice of Danny McBride) to figure out what's going on with the apparent invasion of mysterious green piggies. Animated; with voices of Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Keegan-Michael Key; directed by Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly. (97 minutes)

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Home Movies

The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers (R, 92 minutes)

COMING MOVIES

Alice Through the Looking Glass, PG Alice (Mia Wasikowska) comes across a magical looking glass and returns to fantastical Underland, re-encountering her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), whose Muchness requires an epic quest to restore. With Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen; directed by James Bobin. May 27

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The Meddler

Here we have an attractively aging woman, recently widowed and well off, who is determined to be happy. To that end, she spends her time interfering in others' lives, presumably to try to make them happy too, but mostly to bring meaning to her existence.

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Captain America keeps up good fight

LOS ANGELES -- When Captain America and Iron Man fight it out, all others take a seat, as seen at last week's box office as Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War outperformed the two new releases, TriStar Pictures' Money Monster and The Darkness from Focus Features' High Top Releasing unit.

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

In the better movies Seth Rogen has starred in or written, there's plenty of heart and some traces of brain to go with all the gags that involve genitals. Neighbors 2 is oddly touching because it's about how Mac Radner (Rogen) and wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) uncomfortably realize that they aren't cool anymore. Some of the things they enjoyed in their 20s are now grossly irresponsible.

The Angry Birds Movie

On a cellphone or a tablet, Angry Birds is more addictive than most opioids. Every time a game ends, the defiant grunting from the pigs who've stolen eggs from flightless birds beckons a player to try again.

Super Quiz: Homonyms

1. She has a couple of cats, and I have ——— ———.

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: When we fly and use the long- or short-term parking lots, we always take our vehicle registration and insurance documents with us.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Usually you wouldn't dedicate yourself to the pursuit of pleasure, but you will come to understand how important your happiness is to others. A joy quest will continue into August. Your talent will excite fans in September. You'll cash in an ancient investment in November.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you think computers will take over the world someday? I got a smartphone for Christmas, and I'm really amazed at all the things it can do. But it also makes me worry about what the world will be like 30 or 40 years from now.

NW COMING MOVIES

Alice Through the Looking Glass, PG Alice (Mia Wasikowska) comes across a magical looking glass and returns to fantastical Underland, re-encountering her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), whose Muchness requires an epic quest to restore. With Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen; directed by James Bobin. May 27

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