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Taken from journalist Kim Barker’s lively account of covering the war in Afghanistan, this walks the line between comedy and drama somewhat clumsily, with comedian Tina Fey in the lead role. Kim Baker (name altered slightly for the movie version) isn’t as desperate as, say …. Elizabeth Gilbert when she wrote “Eat, Pray, Love,” but the trajectory is pretty much the same.

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The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, so let’s recap.

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The only thing the Academy Awards could take a back seat to is a crazy election year. While politics dominate the news, the whole Oscar hype has been oddly off its game. And then there was the nominations scandal that left many actors of color out of the running, a disgraceful error that this institution must address in the future.

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‘Deadpool,’ starring: Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin; directed by Tim Miller; Rated R

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An obvious fan letter to the golden age of Hollywood — or pretty close to it — this won’t go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movies, but it is a lot of silly fun. Set in the ’50s at the fictitious Capitol Pictures, all of the genres popular to the big studios during that era are represented in grand style with tongue firmly pressed against cheek.

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