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There is an emerging trend in the film industry of remaking and Americanizing foreign films for the U.S. market. Of course this is nothing new, it’s been happening for decades, but never in such large numbers. The level and quality of foreign films is what has changed, as seen in the 2018 Ac…

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Instead of offering up another film review for a mediocre January release, lets take a look at the 91st Oscar nominations that were unveiled Tuesday morning, what’s going to happen this Sunday at The Screen Actors Guild Awards and what insights attending this year’s Critics Choice Awards gave me.

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If you have ever watched or been that child who bangs his toys together out of pure destruction, out of boredom or just being done with those particular toys, you can imagine what “Glass” is like through an adult prism. Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan is a polarizing filmmaker whose c…

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Comedian and Oscar nominated actor John C. Reilly had a busy year: riding alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the Western; “The Sisters Brothers,” voicing the title character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet;” seen here in “Stan & Ollie;” and ending the year re-teaming with pal Will Ferrell in “Ho…

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Enjoy this one for what it is, a well-made heist flick. “Widows” is the first film from Oscar-nominated director Steve McQueen since taking best picture for “12 Years a Slave” (2013). It is also the first McQueen film without muse Michael Fassbender. From the unforgettable opening moments (t…

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Calling “Boy Erased” an emotional or powerful film doesn’t do it justice. Actor, writer, director and producer Joel Edgerton (“The Gift,” “Loving”) delivers the type of film that can permanently change lives. “Boy Erased” takes a devastating look at conversion therapy as a “cure” for homosex…

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Q: We moved into a new home this month and one of our new neighbors has several tropical-looking plants in their front yard that have been putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flowers appear in clusters and range in color from yellow to red. What is the name of this plant? Is it to…

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Meet Ikea, an affectionate and playful cat that was abandoned in an apartment and found herself in our care. With such an awesome personality, we couldn’t believe she would be considered “disposable.” Her piercing golden eyes against her white coat are absolutely stunning, and she’s “saddled…

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Sweet Nala (A013192) is a Domestic Short Hair with a brown tabby coat. She is a proper tabby girl with a Mackerel pattern and “M” on her forehead. Nala is a little over a year old and on the small side. She is friendly, outgoing and loves attention. Check out her big intense eyes and the ple…

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Martha is a female hound mix who is super sweet and friendly. She’d do great with an active family or individual. Martha would love to go for a walk or play ball with you! Look she’s ready to go! If you’re interested in adopting Martha, come on by Friendswood Animal Control at 3000 W. Parkwo…

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Q: I recently bought an older home and need help in identifying a large shrub that is producing abundant and large clusters of pea-shaped flowers that are bright red. There are small thorns on the stems. Can you identify this shrub?

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I commonly hear from gardeners who complain that grass won’t grow under a tree no matter what they do. When I mention that the shade created by the tree is the likely problem, the typical, and understandable, response is that grass always grew there before.

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June signals the start of the summer season. As I am preparing this column, rain clouds are moving into the area. While we are not in a severe drought situation, most gardeners have started to provide supplemental irrigation to plants and are hopeful for rainfall.

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Have you been looking for an easy-to-grow tropical tree that is sure to make your landscape a tropical paradise? Consider adding a plumeria tree (also known as frangipani tree) to the warmer areas of your yard. Plumeria is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and delightful plants grown in …