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5 takeaways from a disco-dancing episode of "Big Little Lies"

Published July 1, 2019

"She Knows." You don't get much more ominous than the title of Sunday night's new episode of "Big Little Lies." But who is the "she"? And what does she know? Well, here's what we know after passing the halfway mark of the second season last night.

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5 takeaways from the "Big Little Lies" season premiere

Published June 10, 2019

Get ready for second grade - season two of "Big Little Lies" is here. So without further ado, let's fire up those retro needle drops and talk about the big - or little - takeaways from the season premiere.

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Witherspoon keeps buddy comedy "Hot Pursuit" from going cold

Published May 10, 2015

"Hot Pursuit" isn't a particularly strong film, and admittedly there's not much of a rousing defense to be made for it (get that pull quote ready for the ad campaign!). But there is one element - and a fairly significant one at that - in the movie's corner: Reese Witherspoon. I will go to bat for her delightfully bright eyed performance here, one that serves as just enough of a sparkplug to almost single-handedly get this tired comedic vehicle where it's going.

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"Inherent Vice" gives off one great, groovy second-hand high

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's been called a lot of things over his prodigious career. Light and cartoonish, however, would not likely be two of them. Yet here we are with "Inherent Vice," which goes down satisfyingly like a late night pizza on 4/20.

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"Wild" is a rich, wonderfully natural trek into the woods

Published Dec. 21, 2014

The bad news for "Wild": Director Jean-Marc Vallée, at least three films into his career this side of the Canadian border, specializes in making Oscar bait. No, wait; don't run away quite yet, because the flip side is that Vallée has mastered the art of making Oscar bait that doesn't feel like it. And now he's pulling off the same trick with "Wild."

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Video of the Day: "Monsters vs. Aliens"

Published March 27, 2009

The new DreamWorks animated film opens in theaters today. Early word has it that the movie is animated in a retro style, with an assist from the latest in 3-D technology. It's aimed at the under-12 demo, but adults should enjoy the voice work of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and others. There also is a feminist undertone as Witherspoon's character crashes through a glass ceiling to help a band of misfits save the world.

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"Walk the Line" traces Carter/Cash relationship

Published Nov. 18, 2005

"Walk The Line" shows the rise of a musical icon, and the many crashes and burns it took to get there. From Johnny Cash's humble beginnings singing along to his mother's hymns in the field to a childhood tragedy and abusive, alcoholic father helped shape the backbone of Cash's personal obstacles.