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Movie Review: 'Mistress America' charms with slick dialogue

The first year of college is an anxious time for anybody. The predictable framework of high school falls away, and a teenager who lived with her parents is suddenly a free-range semi-adult with her own dorm room and infinite decisions to make about who she will become.

Book Review: Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in 'Weird'

"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" (Simon & Schuster), by Felicia Day

Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an online media mogul.

Book Review: 'In the Dark Places' has solid, multilayered plot

"In the Dark Places" (William Morrow), by Peter Robinson

In addition to its solid, multilayered plot, "In the Dark Places" also works as an adroit look at isolation.

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Game Review: 'Her Story,' 'Contradiction' revive motion games

A trio of recently released downloadable games is looking to bring the full motion video game genre back to life.

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From the Stacks: Baking book is sweet find sans sugar, gluten

I found a book that has inspired me. It is titled “The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes and Weight Loss” by Peter Reinhart.

Book Review: 'Safari' memoir from founder of Abercrombie & Kent

"Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer" (Harper), by Geoffrey Kent

Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing "the most beauteous and magnificent beast" he'd ever seen, he vows, "If I ever shoot an elephant again, it will be with a camera."

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Movie Review: 'U.N.C.L.E.' is high style, low substance

It's not until the climax of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," a colorful, Cold War-era spy thriller, that its main failing becomes clear: The plot doesn't matter.

Book Review: Son recounts his father's struggle in new Holocaust memoir

"A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz" (Other Press), by Goran Rosenberg

Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, few such memoirs are at once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature.

Missouri State Fair opens its 11-day run in Sedalia

The Missouri State Fair has started its 11-day run in Sedalia.

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Movie Review: 'Straight Outta Compton' a biopic to its own beat

The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, "Straight Outta Compton," aims to cement the legacy of the pioneering hip-hop group that brought gangsta rap to the mainstream and sparked endless culture debates.

Music Review: Dr. Dre's 'Compton' feels classic

Dr. Dre, Compton (Aftermath/Interscope)

Dr. Dre's new album "Compton" doesn't just unfold, it charges forward — a barreling mass of relentless beats and lyrical strong-arming that amounts to much more than anyone could have expected from a hip-hop legend whose last solo album hit shelves in 1999.

Music Review: Luke Bryan shows some growth on 'Kill the Lights'

Luke Bryan, "Kill the Lights" (Capitol Nashville)

On the songs "Fast" and "Way Way Back," from Luke Bryan's new album "Kill the Lights," the perpetually upbeat star takes his first steps toward acknowledging the complexities that come with maturity.

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Movie Review: 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' is strikingly intimate

In "Diary of a Teenage Girl," a bell-bottomed California 15-year-old girl comes of age in 1970s San Francisco. She documents the transition she's been craving, narrating into a tape recorder her eager plunge into sex and adulthood, and illustrating it in crude cartoons that take after R. Crumb.

Book Review: James Abel's 'Protocol Zero' disappoints

"Protocol Zero" (Berkley), by James Abel

"Protocol Zero," James Abel's follow-up to the stellar "White Plague," is intriguing, but ultimately doesn't live up to the premise or anticipation generated by the earlier novel.

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Movie Review: 'Tour' a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour."

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