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Movie Review: 'Infinitely Polar Bear' a love letter to sick dad

In 1978, when writer-director Maya Forbes was 10 years old, her mother went away to graduate school, leaving Forbes and her little sister in the care of their mentally ill dad. The girls, and even their mom, didn't fully understand his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Doctors still called it manic-depression in those days.

Music Review: Country singer Kacey Musgraves wows on 2nd album

Kacey Musgraves, "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville)

Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic '60s country sound on her second album, "Pageant Material."

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Movie Review: Sundance hit 'Me and Earl' melds tragedy with wit

If you've heard of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" already, it's probably because it had the unique misfortune of being the favorite of many at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it also won the top prizes.

Book Review: Dick Wolf delivers exciting new thriller

"The Ultimatum" (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf

Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the "Law & Order" TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, "The Ultimatum," is the third thriller to feature New York police Detective Jeremy Fisk, and it's Wolf's best yet.

Music Review: Hudson Mohawke's 'Lantern' illuminates nicely

Hudson Mohawke, "Lantern" (Warp)

Scottish electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke is out with his sophomore album, "Lantern," a lush blend of edgy vocals and smartly managed mixes that are ripe for hip lounge listening.

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From the Stacks: ‘The Walls Around Us’ is dark tale of friendship, guilt and justice

“The Walls Around Us,” by author Nova Ren Suma, is a dark and lyrical tale of friendship, guilt and justice.

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Local military historian publishes sixth book

The personal stories of Cole County soldiers are pieced together with historic context in the latest book by local military historian Jeremy Amick.

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Game Review: An epic final flight for Batman in 'Arkham Knight'

Rocksteady Studios proved with 2009's "Batman: Arkham Asylum" that a video game inspired by superhero mythology could be an impeccably cerebral affair, not just another name association money grab.

Music Review: Third Eye Blind is back with solid 'Dopamine'

Third Eye Blind, "Dopamine" (Mega Collider)

It's been a few years since Stephan Jenkins pulled together some new musicians to call themselves Third Eye Blind. But regardless of what the band was during its megahit heyday and what it is now, Jenkins remains a consistent and capable leader on the latest album, "Dopamine."

Music Review: Maria Schneider's jazz orchestra evokes rural America

Maria Schneider Orchestra, "The Thompson Fields" (ArtistShare)

Maria Schneider's big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans.

Book Review: Lots of twists and turns in 'The President's Shadow'

"The President's Shadow" by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)

A visit to the Rose Garden by the first lady opens "The President's Shadow," the latest historical thriller from Brad Meltzer, and the twists and turns that follow will keep even the most jaded reader up all night.

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Movie Review: Overstuffed plot spoils irreverent, silly 'Ted 2'

"Ted 2" asks a question that we never needed, or particularly wanted, to know the answer to: Is Ted, the magical, foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, a person in the eyes of the law?

Book Review: 'The Fixer' is another worthwhile novel from Joseph Finder

"The Fixer" (Dutton), by Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, "The Fixer."

Ham radio exercise open to public this weekend

From 1 p.m. Saturday through 12:59 p.m. on Sunday in Jefferson City, amateur radio operators will hold a Field Day exercise operated by volunteers.

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Garden tour on tap for Sunday

The 16th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour has five distinctive Jefferson City area sites lined up for the 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday event.

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