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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

    Sweeping and portentous shots of Mount Vesuvius towering over the quaint city of Pompeii serve as a suitable metaphor for Paul W.S. Anderson’s sword-and-sandals epic disaster love story, “Pompeii.”

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    Modesty is totally overrated.

         The pyramids weren’t built to be the second-biggest sand castle on the planet, and there’s a reason we sent TV cameras to land on the moon. Excellence deserves attention.

  • It’s easy to quickly dismiss a big-budget remake of a beloved film — it’s almost how a lot of moviegoers and critics are programmed.

  • George Clooney assembled a fine group of cinematic soldiers with a righteous cause, but I’m sad to report from the front lines of cinema that they’ve lost the battle of “The Monuments Men.”

  • I come bearing good news, parents and assorted adults who’ve grown tired of the Lego behemoth and are dreading having to endure “The Lego Movie.”

    It’s pretty good — and not just with the qualifier “for a kids movie.”

     

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    Best Picture

    “12 Years a Slave”

    “American Hustle”

    “Captain Phillips”

    “Dallas Buyers Club”

    “Gravity”

    “Her”

    “Nebraska”

    “Philomena”

    “The Wolf of Wall Street”

     

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    Consider this year’s Super Bowl ads will cost roughly $8 million for 60 seconds.

    For that much money, you could buy more than 200 specimens of the 2014 Toyota Highlander. You could buy 272, actually. That’s one Highlander for every one-fifth of one second of commercial airtime.

     

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    BMW makes a case that isolated evolution and globalization aren’t mutually exclusive. Take the 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo: Chinese-inspired chassis, German heritage, Italian name and an engine suited to meet American fuel economy restrictions — still looks like a duck-billed platypus fit for one biological niche.

     

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic


    Oe of the highlights of 2012’s horror anthology “V/H/S” was Radio Silence’s “10/31/98.” Utilizing a nanny cam in a Halloween costume, the short film follows four friends seeking out a Halloween party, only to wind up at the wrong house and in the middle of an exorcism that quickly goes awry.

  • "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is the fifth feature film exploring the world of Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and it’s easily the worst of the bunch — a tall order given how poorly received Ben Affleck was as Ryan in “The Sum of All Fears” some 12 years ago.

     

     

  • Some stories are better left the way they were originally intended.

    Every so often, a change in medium does a world of good — turning “Friday Night Lights” into a serial TV drama, for instance.

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

    It should be stated before anything else is said: Renny Harlin’s sword-and-sandals epic “The Legend of Hercules,” starring pretty boy Kellan Lutz as the titular Greek demigod, is a spectacular failure on a level that rivals almost anything you will see this year. 

     

  • Find me two actors other than Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro who would get “Grudge Match” made.

    Okay, that’s a bit unfair since I know darn well that this film would not have been made as it is without piggybacking on the “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” backgrounds of the lead duo.

     

  •   There are several points along the way when “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” could and should have felt saccharine, cloying and capable of inducing a cynical groan while I watched it.

    Yet when it was all said and done, I couldn’t help but really enjoy this earnest story of a man faced with the death of the life he’s known and the labor pains of giving birth to the kind of life he spends his days dreaming about.

  •  Director Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is, in the finest sense of the phrase, an endurance test.

    That assessment has much less to do with its three-hour running time and more to do with your tolerance for the stream of virtually nonstop debauchery that the film depicts while exploring the grotesque nature and nurturing of America’s rich in the late 1980s and early 90s.

  • Christmas came early to 64 boys and girls in Fort Lupton. On Saturday, Dec. 21, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at American Legion Post 102 in Fort Lupton.

    They handed out gifts and treats to 33 boys and 31 girls in the Legion hall. The event, “Operation Smiles for Kids,” was the brainchild of Cindy, Rudy and Royce Thomas, all members of the American Legion. They sent letters to local scchols, day cares and churches, asking for a list of families that might need a little assistance.

  • Sure, there’s the parade — and what a parade it is! But the annual Festival of Lights in downtown Brighton is more than the spirited procession of decorated cars, marching bands and — of course — Santa Claus that makes its way down Main Street.

     

  • The holiday season is synonymous with many things, including spending. Spending money is an accepted part of the season for many celebrants, who exchange gifts with loved ones, travel to see family and friends and host holiday parties this time of year.

  • Tablets are poised to grow more popular in the years to come, and many children are anxious to get their very own tablet. But many parents wonder if their kids are ready for a tablet and if such devices would make good gifts for their youngsters this holiday season.
        According to a 2012 report from Pew Research, 22 percent of American adults now own some type of tablet, while In-Stat research estimates 65 percent of Americans, or more than 200 million people, will have a smartphone and/or tablet by 2015.

  • Whether it’s for a young married couple, a recent high school grad or a beloved family member, cash has become an increasingly popular gift in recent years.
        Once considered impersonal, cash is now a go-to gift for shoppers whose foremost concerns are putting smiles on their loved ones’ faces.