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The City of Beaumont’s Recreation Division will host “Movies in the Park” on Saturday, June 24, at the Athletic Complex at 950 Langham Road. The event is free to the public and will begin at dusk. The feature film that will be shown is the 2016 3D computer animated comedy The Angry Birds Movie, voiced by the likes of Jason Sudekis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn and Bill Hader, among others.

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Sometime back, I happened to be in the company of a CEO of a large, national food store chain. During our conversation, he spoke of the fight that was going on for majority control of the stock in the company. He had previously told me the corporation teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.

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‘Rough Night’

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell

Directed by: Lucia Aniello

Rated: R

 

My sister and I have an ongoing debate about the role of movies that revolves around art vs. entertainment. I fall into the latter fold because I have hard time seeing movies like “Booty Call” as art. But sis, a graduate of Cal Arts, holds that movies must teach us something in order to have succeeded. We rarely agree — until now.

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Words come in all shapes, sizes and languages, in caps or lower case letters, written, typed, inscribed or said. Sometimes they are spoken in a whisper and sometimes screamed from the rooftops. We often say or write things when we don’t even know for sure what the words mean. Words can help heal, and words can cause unbearable damage, wrecking homes, relationships, professions and our lives.

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Considered one of the greatest films of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey will be shown at Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 23, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, the film was released in 1968 and stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The story follows a voyage to Jupiter with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000 and deals with human evolution, artificial intelligence, existentialism, and alien life. The movie is 2 hours and 29 minutes and is Rated G. For more information, view beaumontcityevents.com or call (409) 838-3435.

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