Entertainment

Oh, where to begin? Using the same formula as he did in “Valentine’s Day,” director Garry Marshall tries to recreate the same zeitgeist with another holiday. Let’s hope he skips the rest of them and moves on to another theme because I can tell you now there is no way I’m paying money to see “Labor Day.”

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It’s too premature to pick Oscar winners, with most of the major contenders just now reaching theaters. But the list is beginning to take shape and already there are frontrunners in the major categories. Two words: “The Artist.” But I’ll get to that later.

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‘My Week with Marilyn’

Starring: Michelle Williams,

Eddie Redmayne

Director: Simon Curtis

Rated: R

Based on the memoir of Colin Clark, who was a 23-year old production assistant on a movie when he met Marilyn Monroe in 1956, this is faithful recreation of the era and the iconic star, thanks to a stunning portrayal by Michelle Williams.

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Establishing a sense of place is as important to an Alexander Payne movie as the complex characters he crafts. Five years ago it was the wine country of “Sideways,” and before that the plain-spoken Midwest in “About Schmidt.” For his latest film, Payne uses the backdrop of Hawaii, with all its lush landscapes and island sensibilities, but as the main character Matt King (George Clooney) narrates in the beginning, just because it seems like paradise doesn’t mean its residents don’t have problems.

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‘J. Edgar’

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio,

Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts

Director: Clinet Eastwood

Rated: PG-13

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Forget your notion of a circus. Erase memories of three rings with elephants and tigers, swinging trapeze artists, tightrope walkers and especially jugglers.

Enter the world of Cirque du Soleil, the circus of the 21st century, a magical combination of the world’s most talented artisans, original musical score, elaborate, custom-made costumes, enriching story line and exotic performances that defy the laws of nature.

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Boys want combat. Look no further than video gaming entertainment for proof that battling sells. Call of Duty, Halo, Resident Evil, Dead Island – these are games of warfare and survival. Add to this list the physical combat game WWE All Stars.

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The last two months of the year are the best for movie lovers. It’s not that summer movies don’t have their place, but I’ve had enough of super heroes for one year. So bring on the holidays filled with movies of every kind, from comedies to dramas and those important Oscar contenders, and did someone say puppets?

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Just dance and you’ll just laugh, especially if you get the whole family to just play the latest in the Ubisoft’s Just Dance video game series, Just Dance 3.

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If you only have 60 seconds to go green, you need a lot of help from your friends. Just ask Liz Shivener.

Shivener knows what it takes to be transformed from a fair-skinned, radiant princess to a startling troll-ish green, the kind that only the world’s favorite ogre, Shrek, can love — and she does it in just under a minute.

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