Movie review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-changer

Movie review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-changer

#MINDBLOWN. That’s how you’ll feel watching the audacious “Avengers: Infinity War,” as the masterminds at Marvel culminate 10 years and 19 films of narrative foreplay into a single over-stuffed superhero orgy. Simply put, this “Avengers” is in full-on beast mode, with the filmmakers refusing to back off the gas for 156 thrill-packed minutes. Once you pick your jaw up from the floor, there’s much to process. Except, the vow of secrecy we critics must take…

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Movie review: Charlize Theron delivers in pregnancy drama ‘Tully’

Movie review: Charlize Theron delivers in pregnancy drama ‘Tully’

Unless you’re Kate Middleton strolling out of hospital wearing spike heels and sporting a fresh blowout a mere six hours after giving birth, motherhood is messy. And so is the matriarchal madness of “Tully.” It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a cautionary tale. It’s a mental health allegory. It’s up, it’s down. It’s happy, it’s sad. It’s all over the place — just like motherhood. In it, Charlize Theron plays the ultimate oxymoron: Harried…

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Movie review: Silence is golden in ‘A Quiet Place’

Movie review: Silence is golden in ‘A Quiet Place’

“A Quiet Place” is a taut, disturbing apocalyptic thriller with one of the best premises I’ve seen in a horror movie. It’s about a family living in utter silence in order to survive a gangly praying-mantis-like monster that hunts by sound. “Stay Silent, Stay Alive,” warns the daily paper. But this movie isn’t your typical jump-scare fare. John Krasinski — pulling triple duty as director, co-writer and star — has more on his mind. In…

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Movie review:‘Rampage’ is a mindless good time

Movie review:‘Rampage’ is a mindless good time

When a genetic experiment so risky it must be conducted in outer space goes awry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hurries to save his friend, the extraordinarily intelligent silverback gorilla George, from leveling the city of Chicago. That’s the gist of “Rampage,” the new dumb-fun actioner reteaming Johnson with his “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton. It’s another save-the-world vehicle for Johnson, who again exploits a charisma as big as his biceps. The plot — a trio…

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Protesters ousted from sacred site where Elvis filmed movie

Protesters ousted from sacred site where Elvis filmed movie

State sheriffs on Thursday removed protesters from the ruins of a Hawaii hotel where they have been squatting since last year in an attempt to block redevelopment of land where Hawaiian chiefs once lived and where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the movie “Blue Hawaii.” The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said in a statement Thursday that state sheriffs arrested 23-year-old Mahealani Hanie-Grace for trespassing at Coco Palms on Kauai. The protest began when…

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie: How a Frito-Lay janitor created one of America’s most popular snacks

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie: How a Frito-Lay janitor created one of America’s most popular snacks

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos – the spicy red version of the classic cheese-flavored snack – are something of a cultural phenomenon. A group of children rapping about them racked up more than 16 million views on YouTube. Pop star Katy Perry even dressed as a Flamin’ Hot for Halloween. Although several schools banned them, saying they were unhealthy, the snacks enjoy the kind of high profile that research chefs and food scientists employed by big companies…

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