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‘Swiss Army Man’ imaginative but tonally imbalanced

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A24

Flatulence is a key element of Swiss Army Man but the film isn’t exactly a comedy. Read more

KRLD-AM adds Melissa Harrison to morning-news anchor team

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CBS Radio Dallas/KRLD

Melissa Harrison, a veteran journalist with a TV-news background, will jump to the radio side on July 1, when she joins Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as a co-anchor of KRLD/1080 AM’s 5 to 9 a.m. newscast. Read more

‘Dead of Summer’ filled with ’80s nostalgia, spooky stuff

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Freeform

Elizabeth Mitchell’s summer camp experiences were never like this. Read more

Sink your teeth into eight days of ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery Channel

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Discovery Channel

Here’s a story that illustrates the persuasive power of television. Read more

Documentary about Brian De Palma puts the director in focus

The way Jake Paltrow describes them, the films of Brian De Palma were a gateway drug, the entry point in his transformation from movie fan to serious cinephile. Read more

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is more sleep aid than cinema

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20th Century Fox

From the metallic shell of the 1996 smash Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich has pulled a seriously lousy sequel, dripping with alien goo and incoherence. Read more

‘The Neon Demon’ is all heat and no light

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Broad Green Pictures

The Neon Demon, the latest mind-bender from out-there director Nicolas Winding Refn, is a two-hour fever dream about back-stabbing models with paper-thin bodies — and personalities. Sometimes it’s bizarre in a good, David Lynch kind of way; other times, ... Read more

‘The Shallows' is the perfect summer splash

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Columbia Pictures

Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as The Shallows, the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark. On a triple digit day, you won’t be sorry to duck into this quick 87-minute caper of bikini-clad aquatic peril that’s... Read more

Movie ‘The Wait’ dares to go big

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Alberto Novelli

L’Attesa — also known as The Wait — is atmospheric and moody, serious and full of portent, and if it weren’t so good, it would probably be unbearable. Read more

‘Free State of Jones’ is burdened by too much story, detail

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There’s an intriguing, if not widely known, series of events at the center of the Civil War movie Free State of Jones. It’s one of those wartime curiosities that slips through the pages of American history, becoming a mere asterisk amid a larger story of bat... Read more

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