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Movie Review: Blanchett, Mara are exquisite in poetic 'Carol'

"Carol" is an overwhelmingly beautiful film. It looks like a dream, it sounds like whispered want, and it feels like falling in love in all its stomach turning terror and ecstasy. Even its title rolls elegantly off the tongue

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Game Review: Shallow shock and awe in 'Star Wars Battlefront'

"Star Wars Battlefront" (for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, $59.95)

After Electronic Arts made a deal with Disney to produce more grown-up "Star Wars" games, some felt a new hope for their future.

Music Review: Adele's '25' lives up to all of its expectations

Adele, "25" (Columbia Records)

Every track on her highly anticipated "25" sounds grand, from the piano tune "Remedy" to "Water Under the Bridge," which is layered and full of echoes and sounds as if it was created just to be performed live.

St. Louis ends contract after major music festivals didn't happen

St. Louis has officially canceled its contract for major music festivals that never got off the ground.

Musical 'The Bridges of Madison County' hits the road

"The Bridges of Madison County," with a superb score by Jason Robert Brown, starts an eight-month U.S. tour on Saturday that features both a story about a lost soul mate and a chance at musical redemption.

Mark Twain's 180th birthday celebrated in Hannibal

Mark Twain's 180th birthday is being celebrated this weekend in his boyhood hometown.

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Game Review: 'Call of Duty' cyber war still gets bloody

At the beginning of the new "Call of Duty" game, a robot tears your hands off. That should be enough trauma to send any warrior home for good.

Music Review: Squeeze returns with inventive 'Cradle to the Grave'

Squeeze, "Cradle to the Grave" (Love Records/Virgin EMI)

Squeeze, a band closely associated with the New Wave of the 1980s, is making new waves after a long layoff. Anybody tempted should check it out.

Book Review: 'Hotels of North America' offers insights into aloneness

"Hotels of North America" (Little, Brown and Co.), by Rick Moody

It's tough to categorize Rick Moody's latest literary gem as a novel. In fact, it may be best not to categorize it at all.

KC gears up for holiday lighting tradition

Author Gillian Flynn will flip the switch that lights up Kansas City's Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night.

Music Review: Chris Isaak consistent, too casual on 'Night'

Chris Isaak, "First Comes the Night" (Vanguard)

Chris Isaak's latest album, "First Comes the Night," delivers a full flight of songs directly in his Roy Orbison-esque wheelhouse, featuring Isaak's smooth voice, twangy guitar work and surf-rock-tinged melancholy.

Book Review: Rhimes embarks on life-changing journey in 'Year of Yes'

"Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person" (Simon & Schuster), by Shonda Rhimes

When you think about Thursday-night television, the term "Shondaland" probably comes to mind. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," ''Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" dominate the small screen, and Shonda Rhimes is the brain, heart and life of these successful shows.

The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch!

New Rocky story ‘Creed’ aims to show brutality and theatricality

Sylvester Stallone knows most of Rocky Balboa’s famous fights would have been stopped by a real-life referee long before the battered and bloodied fictional heavyweight champion rallies his will to win.

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Blair Oaks freshman publishes fantasy novel

Fifteen-year-old Hannah Hughes said she wanted to publish a book by age 26. She’s beaten that deadline by quite a few years.


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