Entertainment

A gripping drama that addresses the “what if” of an unidentified flu pandemic with no known vaccine, “Contagion” boasts an impressive cast in a variety of roles that give perspective to every facet of such an event. Written by Scott Z.

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Conquer the world, free and online. In August, Microsoft Studios and Gas Powered Games launched a new free-to-play format of the historical Age of Empires (originally released in 1997) utilizing Games for Windows Live.

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An average thriller elevated by casting choices, this is actually a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie “Ha-Hov, meaning “the debt.” Putting the pieces together differently might have made for a more interesting movie, but director John Madden tells a solid story with the same basic elements, although the younger counterparts have the better story than their older selves.

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mance she crafted for “An Education,” Lone Scherfig takes on this best selling book by Brit David Nicholls, who also adapted the screenplay. Unfortunately, lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place.

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Grade school trends include the sockless look for boys, hair feathers for girls, use of the phrase “epic fail” and fighting zombies on the playground and in video games. Zombies seem to be the choicest of enemies.

Therefore, without a doubt, a video game titled “Plants vs. Zombies” attracts 4-footers. Surprisingly this gruesomely goofy game, where players actually manage warring plants, has more strategy than the name portrays. It even has some pretty nice music.

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A long-term plan to bring world-class entertainment to the Lutcher Theater culminates this September when the curtain goes up on a new season that includes two tribute performances, five musicals, a comedic musical, a story ballet, a serious drama, a concert, a high-tech, music comedy and four children’s performances.

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Get a double shot of nostalgia with Wii’s Pac-Man Party. One CD ($19.99) hosts ’80s arcade games and Millennial play that looks and feels a lot like Candy Land and Monopoly board games.

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‘The Change-Up’Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan ReynoldsDirector: Dave DobkinRated: R

The appeal of an R-rated comedy is it tends to be geared more to an adult audience (even if a healthy streak of immaturity is needed to truly enjoy it). The downside is once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all.

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Webster’s dictionary defines the word “burlesque” as theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts. The term actually dates back to the 16th century when Italian poet Francesco Berni used it in the title of a work called Opere burlesche.

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