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There are simply not enough films with Oscar winner Emma Thompson at the forefront. Director Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal” and “Iris”) has crafted a rousing performance vehicle that could land Thompson back in awards consideration. The Children Act is written by Ian McEwan (“Atonement”)…

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Former Google employee Aneesh Chaganty’s first film “Searching” has an uphill battle, thanks to disposable horror film “Unfriended.” The latest disposable feature film trend moves from iPhone-shot movies, to having everything displayed on a computer screen, webcam, FaceTime or security foota…

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Galveston Island has had its fair share of appearances in movies over the years. “Evening Star” the 1996 sequel to acclaimed “Terms of Endearment” being the most notable. “Tree of Life” (2011) featured the west side of the island while 2016’s shark attack film “The Shallows” mentioned Galves…

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"Galveston 1900, Indignities, Book Six: The Altercation," by N.E. Brown, N.E. Brown Publisher, Copyright 2017, paperback, 320 pages, $12.95

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“Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich,” by Norman Ohler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 304 pages, hardcover, $28

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The ‘Fate’ of the series is secure. There will always be an audience for these films regardless of what implausibility they launch on screen or how poorly the actors deliver their lines. Universal’s mammoth franchise has even started to pull in Oscar winners like Charlize Theron (“Mad Max”) …

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At the rate Hollywood is turning out space films, there isn’t much left to discover in the genre it seems. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44”) certainly makes a run at it though, re-teaming with his “Safe House” star Ryan Reynolds.

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Disney’s third live action remake continues their quest to update the beloved cartoons for modern audiences. Oscar winner Bill Condon (“Chicago,” “The Twilight Saga”) returns to the world of the musical, introducing new songs in the fairy tale and more information on the characters.