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2008-07-22 18:00:48

By Terrence Stutz, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 22--AUSTIN -- Texas schools with student dropout problems are getting a break in the state's performance ratings this year -- a move likely to spare dozens of school districts and campuses from being slapped with "academically unacceptable" ratings. State Education Commissioner Robert Scott has decided to excuse schools that fail to meet minimum criteria under the new federal definition for dropouts as long as their passing rates for all...

2008-07-20 12:00:30

By Jeff Vice Deseret News It's no secret that I have great love for documentary films. One of my favorite features is "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control," Errol Morris' 1997 nonfiction film. Morris, a master storyteller, took seemingly unrelated subjects - - in this case, a robotics designer, a topiary gardener and a lion tamer -- and used them to make a compelling piece about the meaning of existence. And while they may not be as heady as that film, I was impressed with two locally...

2008-07-20 06:00:27

By Bruce Dancis, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 20--21 One and two discs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $28.96/$34.95, rated PG-13 "Inspired by a true story," director Robert Luketic's film is about a math professor at M.I.T. (Kevin Spacey) who recruits a group of brilliant students (including Jim Sturgess, above, and Kate Bosworth) to master blackjack and win a bundle in Las Vegas. Both single- and two-disc editions include a commentary by Luketic and producers Dana Brunetti and...

2008-07-18 09:00:47

By Jeff Vice Deseret News OPERATION FILMMAKER -- *** -- Documentary profile of Iraqi filmmaker Muthana Mohmed; with English subtitles (Middle Eastern dialects); not rated, probable R (violence, profanity, gore, nude photos, slurs, brief drugs) The documentary "Operation Filmmaker" doesn't paint the most flattering portrait of its subject, would-be moviemaker Muthana Mohmed. But it's doubtful director Nina Davenport has done any real embellishment, doing something to make Mohmed look...

2008-07-18 09:00:47

NEW FILMS FRIDAY THE DARK KNIGHT -- ****-- As much a morality thriller and a gangster epic as it is a comic book action/adventure, this thrilling Bat-tale is definitely not for young ones. Running time: 152 minutes, PG-13 (violence, torture, drugs, profanity, brief gore, slurs, vulgarity) MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE -- ***-- Pierce Brosnan's a sour note, but Meryl Streep is terrific, and this enjoyable song-fest should appeal to audiences. Running time: 108 minutes, PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity,...

2008-07-14 09:00:43

_"21" One and two discs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $28.96/$34.95, rated PG-13 "Inspired by a true story," director Robert Luketic's movie is about a math professor at M.I.T. (Kevin Spacey) who recruits a group of brilliant students (including Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth) to master blackjack and win a bundle in Las Vegas casinos. Both single- and two-disc editions include a commentary by Luketic and producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca and three documentaries ("21 _ The...

2008-07-12 06:00:19

By Kevin Yamamura, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 12--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for his cigar-a-day habit. But that's not stopping him from putting his muscle behind the effort to curb tobacco use among minors. The state announced a deal Friday with six major movie studios to run California public service announcements through 2009 on new movie DVDs that include smoking scenes and are rated G, PG or PG-13. Hollywood has long been accused of glamorizing smoking and having a bad...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Jeff Vice Deseret News MEET DAVE -- * -- Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union; rated PG (vulgarity, violence, slurs, profanity, brief partial nudity) "Meet Dave"? Really? Do we have to? What's really baffling about this disastrously awful, science- fiction comedy is that Eddie Murphy chose it -- as well as last year's "Norbit" -- as follow-up projects to "Dreamgirls," for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Needless to say, this particular film...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

The following DVDs will be released Tuesday: -- "Asylum" (MGM, $26.98) -- Horror-thriller about coeds who move into dorm rooms located on the site of a former mental institution. R (violence, gore, profanity, brief nudity) -- "The Bank Job" (Lionsgate, $29.95) -- ** -- Allegedly based on a true story, this is a sleazy caper thriller filled with unpleasant characters. Jason Statham stars. R (profanity, violence, nudity, sex, torture, drugs, vulgarity, brief gore, slurs) --Jeff Vice,...

2008-07-01 03:00:24

By Suzanne Tobias, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 1--A reader e-mailed to say she probably won't be doing one of the summer activities I mentioned recently (and suggest again in a story Wednesday): Take kids to a drive-in movie. "I would love to take my kids to watch a movie or two at the local drive-in, just like my parents did for us while growing up here in Wichita," Linda wrote. Unfortunately, she said, the movies often are not suitable for her 10- and 8-year-old children. Last week,...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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