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Movie review: World War Z a bust

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(115 minutes, rated PG-13 for violence, language, adult situations and scenarios)

(1 star out of 10)

There is little doubt in many critics' opinion that Brad Pitt is an exceptional actor. I have watched the vast majority of his work, including his latest film, World War Z, and there is little argument he is a truly gifted artist.

I'm hoping maybe one day he will be able...

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Movie review: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' has issues

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(6 stars out of 10)

(132 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, adult situations, and profanity.)

The second big blockbuster of the summer came warping into the theaters this past week in the form of wünderkind J.J. Abrams' second installment of the rebooted franchise "Star Trek Into Darkness."

If you are big into an edge-of-your-seat popcorn movie starring your favorite sci-fi characters,...

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The Night Hollywood Played in Peoria

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For a brief moment, on July 14, 1936, Peoria, Ill., was the center of attention for Hollywood and the movie-going public. It was on that date that the Warner Brothers’ movie, Earthworm Tractors, starring Joe E. Brown, premiered in Peoria. It was the first Hollywood movie to premiere outside of Hollywood or New York. And for good reason. The movie was not only based on Caterpillar – its tractors and salespeople – it was also...

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Knight: Logic and lying with Richard Pryor

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More and more, so many media so deftly defy logic, the smooth-talking liars on radio and cable seem like the man in the old joke by the late, great comic Richard Pryor. His wife catches him betraying her and he coos, "Who you gonna believe: me or your lyin' eyes?"

Pryor is the subject of a new documentary produced by his seventh (and fourth) wife Jennifer, Richard Pryor: Defy the Logic, scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. (Central Time) on...

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Franco-mania is coming! "Oz the Great and Powerful" to premiere at PRM's Giant Screen Theater

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The Peoria Riverfront Museum has just announced that "Oz the Great and Powerful" will be coming to the Giant Screen Theater on Friday, March 8, 2013. Here's what the movie is about:* James Franco is in some depressing place then puts on a weird hat which creates a tornado time warp sending him to a new land where he finds all kinds of weird creatures including some hot witches who've also starred...

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Movie review: "Iron Man 3" delivers

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(7 out of 10 stars)

(Rated PG-13 for violence, language and adult situations; 130 Minutes)

The 2013 summer movie season is here, and it opened with a bang — literally lots of them —with "Iron Man 3."

If big-budget, high-action, witty one-liner movies with beautiful actors, a passable plot line and lots of CGI are your thing, then "Iron Man 3" is sure to please.

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Movie review: "Django Unchained" a tale of two halves

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(165 Minutes, Rated R for graphic violence, nudity, language, and adult situations.)

(7 of 10 stars)

django2For years now, Quentin Tarantino has been lauded by friend and critic alike with many deserving and lavish terms. Brilliant.  Innovative. Pioneering. Unique.

Given...

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Movie review: '42' worth seeing for historic value

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(128 minutes, Rated PG-13 for adult situations and language.)

(6 of 10 stars)

I must admit to the reader that I generally do not like baseball movies and only see them after careful research and much discretion.

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