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Movie Review: 'Get Hard' plays with stereotypes with mixed success

While the stereotypes in "Get Hard" may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing; where black men are disproportionately jailed and white-collar criminals often evade punishment.

Music Review: 'Balas y Chocolate' equal parts emotion, style

Lila Downs, "Balas y Chocolate" (Sony Music)

Fluency in Spanish isn't necessary to understand Lila Downs' shape-shifting voice: It transcends language, carrying pure emotion.

Music Review: Van Morrison breaks mold in diverse duets album

Van Morrison -- "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue," RCA Records

The duets format can be a lazy way to go, a predictable romp that showcases familiar old songs. Not so with Van Morrison's new collection "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" which skips obvious hits like "Moondance" and "Brown-Eyed Girl" for overlooked, sometimes eccentric tracks from memorable albums like "The Healing Game" and "A Period of Transition."

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Movie Review: Animated alien adventure 'Home' lands with a thud

In "Home," the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh ("The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons) simply because that's the resigned reaction everyone has when he's around.

Music Review: 2 gospel quartets are inextricably linked

The Fairfield Four, "Still Rockin' My Soul" (Fairfield Four Records) / McCrary Sisters, "Let's Go" (MCC Records)

The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters are Nashville, Tennessee, gospel quartets that are inextricably linked.

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Solve the crime from your seat during mystery theater

The audience is able to play sleuth at the dinner mystery theater “Murder at the Half Moon Club” by naming the murderer.

Facebook’s Messenger app adding more ways to connect

Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company’s ubiquitous social network.

‘Stand by Me’ among 25 records being preserved at US library

One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.

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Movie Review: Pacino, a strong ensemble charm in 'Danny Collins'

"I was the real thing once," opines Al Pacino's rock star protagonist Danny Collins in a moment of late-in-life crisis.

Music Review: Kendrick returns with an impressive sophomore album

Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp a Butterfly" (Interscope Records)

Rapper Kendrick Lamar went three years without releasing an album, taking his time to craft an impressive sophomore effort in "To Pimp a Butterfly."

Streaming TV services: What you get, what it costs

Sony jumped into the pay-television business last week with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It’s the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.

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Movie Review: An urban myth lives in 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter'

In 2001, a stranger-than-fiction "true story" emerged in local papers about a 28-year-old Japanese woman who flew from Japan to Minnesota and bussed to North Dakota to search for the buried money from Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film "Fargo." Her dead body was discovered in the snowy wilderness, making the tale even more intriguing.

Music Review: Modest Mouse ramp up the weird on new album

Modest Mouse, "Strangers to Ourselves" (Epic Records)

It's been eight years since Modest Mouse's album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" smashed onto the U.S. charts at No. 1. Will lightning strike twice for frontman Isaac Brock with the long-gestating "Strangers to Ourselves"?

Music Review: Richie Furay in strong return after 8 years

Richie Furay, "Hand in Hand" (Entertainment One)

Richie Furay's first solo release in eight years is suffused in nostalgia and contentment, a recipe that could fall short were it not for the ringing guitar work and the soulful, occasionally exuberant vocals.

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Lace them up: it’s time for the ice show

Jefferson City area skaters are lacing up their boots to perform in the 53rd Annual Washington Park Ice Show Friday through Sunday.


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