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Movie Review: 'Chavez' gives leader routine treatment

Diego Luna's heartfelt biographical drama, "Cesar Chavez," chronicles the five-year struggle of the United Farm Workers co-founder in the 1960s to get California grape growers to the negotiating table to hammer out fair wages and better conditions for exploited field laborers.

Music Review: 2 horns up for Dio tribute album

Various Artists, "Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" (Rhino)

One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album "Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer. Proceeds from the album go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Book Review: New John Wayne biography hits target dead center

"John Wayne: The Life and Legend" (Simon & Schuster), by Scott Eyman

Who's that on the cover of Scott Eyman's splendid biography of Hollywood's most enduring movie star? Surely that wavy-haired young fellow in the suit and tie isn't John Wayne. Where's the Stetson, the Winchester rifle, the six-shooter, the boots and spurs?

Music Review: Sage the Gemini imparts minimalist vibe

"Remember Me," Sage the Gemini (Universal Republic)

There is a distinct old school West Coast vibe to rapper Sage the Gemini's first album "Remember Me." Minimalist beat structures blend with an assured lyrical approach to make this debut memorable indeed.

Music Review: Shakira's new album should be much better

Shakira, "Shakira" (RCA Records)

"Shakira," her tenth album, features the 37-year-old taking a back seat as lead songwriter and producer, and that doesn't come off as a wise move.

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2014 brings new and popular hair styles to Mid-Missouri

Three local hair stylists opined on the hair trends of spring 2014, as well as those from last year that the fashion world has not yet relinquished.

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Movie Review: Body count out of control in 'Raid 2'

Leaving behind the original's grungy Jakarta tenement setting for the luxurious hangouts of Indonesia's organized crime overlords, "The Raid 2" pumps up its production values several notches.

Music Review: Elton John's best album sounds better than ever

Elton John, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)" (Universal Music Enterprises)

It's time to dig yet again into the Elton John archives. Ten years have passed since the release of the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition."

Book Review: Carter writes about prejudice against women

"A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" (Simon and Schuster), by Jimmy Carter

In his new book, "A Call to Action," former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who twist holy texts to assert male dominance.

Missouri couple claim $96.5M Powerball prize

Less than a week after they won a $96.5 million Powerball prize, an eastern Missouri husband and wife have already made big changes in their lives and big plans for their future.

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Look up: Tile artists' work hidden in plain view

The domes and arched ceilings — each arrayed with tiles in herringbone and basket-weave patterns — are hidden in plain sight.

Music Review: Hold Steady's latest packs plenty of punch

The Hold Steady, "Teeth Dreams" (Razor & Tie)

The Hold Steady is a garage band at heart, but it's a two-car garage in a nice neighborhood, and there might be a Mercedes inside.

Amazon says no plans to offer free video service

Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday.

How Disney films unlocked autistic boy's emotions

In his new book, "Life, Animated," Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son's emotions.

'Wildwood Chronicles' conjures a Portland fantasy

Unseen in the tree-shrouded hills overlooking downtown Portland are rifle-toting coyotes wearing Napoleonic uniforms, birds ferrying human children on their backs and an army of mole knights living underground.

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