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Movies have come a long way in 100 years. People used to pack halls to see "moving pictures" of people just walking down the street. In the early days, the sight of a gunslinger pointing a six-shooter into the camera in "The Great Train Robbery" was enough to cause a temporary panic in theaters.
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When people eat something that isn't necessarily good for them but makes them feel better, it's called "comfort food." For instance, my mom's meatloaf and mashed potatoes can put a stressful week behind me. Macaroni and cheese does it for some people.
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It appears the Grinch may have stolen some of the holiday movie joy. Several films this holiday season are exploring the darker themes.
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'Tis the season for holiday movies. While many people consider the sentimental programming that appears on American televisions after Thanksgiving to be one of the worst manifestations of holiday cheer -- I welcome it.
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• A galaxy close, close by
 
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• A galaxy close, close by
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• Far East, far out of mainstream Hollywood
 
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1
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May
18
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11
• Spending to earn?
 
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4
• What's in a name?
April
27
• Animating a success story
 
April
20
• Revenge is sweet
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13
• Let's do it again: Bad ideas turn out good
 
April
6
• DVD fanaticism: It's what's for dinner
March
30
• 'Hellboy' -- A slice of heaven for moviegoers
 
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• The personality of cult
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16
• The devil you'll never know
 
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• The icing on the cape
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