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'Dear White People' a brilliant film with wide appeal

I love this movie. "Dear White People" is a comedy so socially serious, a drama so archly satirical, a campus story so worldly that you leave it with wild outbursts of comprehension and giggles. The provocative first-time feature directed and written by Justin Simien feels like a welcoming party ... Read more

'Whiplash' delivers with Oscar-worthy performances

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle, welcome to Oscar season. Read more

Daring and imaginative, 'Birdman' is a cinematic tour de force

When I first read the thumbnail on this one - washed-up Hollywood action hero seeks redemption by staging serious play, with most scenes transpiring backstage at a Broadway theater - I thought, what a boring excuse for a bit of meta navel-gazing that will interest no one outside the profession. C... Read more

Edward Norton was eager to work with writer/director Inarritu

Edward Norton's odd career trajectory has established him as a guy who can play offbeat leading men or memorable bit parts, anything from the reformed skinhead of "American History X" to the cartoonishly no-nonsense scoutmaster in "Moonrise Kingdom." Since he shot to prominence in 1996 with his f... Read more

'John Wick' reminds us of Reeves' action prowess

Where have you gone, Keanu Reeves? With the exception of two movies released late last year that no one saw ("47 Ronin" and "Man of Tai Chi," his directorial debut), Reeves hasn't starred in a film since 2008's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Read more

Fine cast makes for action-packed 'John Wick'

"John Wick" transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce. Read more

PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl'

Poulter Criticism Golf

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The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. Read more

Frank Mankiewicz, aide to Robert Kennedy, dies

Frank Mankiewicz

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Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90. Read more

College football: What to watch on TV on Saturday

Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping. All times eastern: Read more

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