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The title of ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ tells you everything you need to know

Everything about "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is so generic, it's basically the supermarket knockoff of another, better product - the "Bourne" movies, perhaps...

‘Author: The JT LeRoy Story’: a literary hoax explained – sort of

JT LeRoy became a literary sensation overnight in the early 2000s. His rapturously received writing drew from his well-publicized backstory: Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy was...

‘Girl Asleep’ is a strange coming-of-age story: Surreal, amusing and poignant

"Girl Asleep" opens on Greta Driscoll's first day at a new school. With a worried brow and a freckled face, the 14-year-old sits alone...

Ringo was secret ingredient and other revelations from Ron Howard’s Beatles movie

Are there any surprises left when it comes to the Beatles? Their music and history has been so thoroughly mined that superfans would argue...

‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’: A spirited look at the Fab Four

With hindsight, it's hard to see the Beatles as anything other than the prolific legends they became. But Ron Howard's documentary "The Beatles: Eight...

Have you ever wanted to leave your life behind and start over? Then watch this movie

Leaving everything behind and starting over from scratch is a typical fantasy. But most people wouldn't actually do it. Aside from a paralyzing fear...

Fast food and booze spike the stress of motherhood

"Bad Moms" doesn't kick into gear until three mothers, fed up with the stress of helicopter parenting and the unrealistic expectations of a draconian...

‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’: Light on story, heavy on cameos and slapstick

You think millennials are resistant to growing up? Get a load of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. The British fashion scenesters and kindred juvenile...

‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ is a stupid – and funny – raunch-fest

Mike and Dave Stangle put the "bro" in brothers. Twenty-something liquor salesmen, they're the life of the party - but also the death of...

Blast it all, they’re back: The ‘Independence Day’ sequel is hard on the planet – and even harder on the audience

Have we made any progress in the last two decades? Not compared with the world of "Independence Day: Resurgence," where global peace has reigned...

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The rise and fall of Tab – after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned

Tab, the Coca-Cola company’s original diet soda brand, is headed to the soda graveyard, joining retired brands such as Like, Leed and Limette. Coca-Cola has...

Texas shut down bars to slow the spread of coronavirus — but allowed thousands to open through a restaurant loophole

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates. Sign...

Bill Thompson: Love ’em or hate ’em, Happy Holidays!

For a lot of people, “holiday depression” begins around Thanksgiving, or maybe around the time Christmas songs start blaring on the radio and retail...

Robert Francis: Thanksgiving 1954

If, god forbid, my home ever catches on fire, I would make sure my family was safe, then the pets (my wife might say...