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Bag of Donuts

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve? Concerts? Casino? Stay at home and watch the ball drop? Well, you have plenty of options.

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‘Top Five’

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris Rock

Rated: R

 

From a comedian who has tried writing and directing a couple of times before (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), this is Chris Rock’s best effort yet. The keen observations of pop culture that fuel his comedy are used here to craft a wickedly funny movie that has a surprising undercurrent of pathos to it.

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Photo by Kevin King

Las Vegas just got a little bit closer to Southeast Texas. The Golden Nugget casino, known throughout Sin City for its saucy shows, five-star lodging, top-notch table games, the best in entertainment, and the hottest slot action in town, has finally made its long-awaited Lake Charles debut. The 290-acre casino and resort is owner Tilman Fertitta’s fifth. He purchased the Las Vegas Golden Nugget in 2005.

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Ron White

It’s Mr. Tater Salad himself, Ron White, back in Beaumont on Thursday, April 23, with the “Nutcracker Tour” at the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the mature-audience show are $59.75-$46.75 and can be purchased beginning Friday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.

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Flashdance The Musical

Let’s take a trip back to the 80s, 1983 to be exact. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage.

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‘Horrible Bosses 2’

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

Directed by: Sean Anders

Rated: R

 

The three amigos of mayhem are together again, and it’s a second verse same as the first scenario with the same kind of ribald, adult humor that brought attention to the 2011 opener — and not in a good way.

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I recently received a frantic phone call from a distraught individual. He had a fairly new Windows 7-64 desktop PC not covered by warranty, and it would not properly boot up. It would briefly show that manufacturer’s splash screen, and then nothing else; the screen was black. After a period of time, the power saving feature appeared on the otherwise black screen and stated that the computer was going into hibernate mode. Nothing could bring the computer back to life; a full repeat of the “power on” cycle only produced a repetitive black screen and shutdown.

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I just recently finished a judging “blitz” of several local contests and had some darn fine examples of competition style barbecue with only a few that were below par. I wanted to give a little love to the folks at the Winnie Rice Festival for really putting on a fine event and treating the judges well and making sure everyone had a great time. If you ever get the opportunity or have the desire to go judge a contest, the Rice Festival is a great place to start.

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‘The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 1’

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Rated: PG-13

 

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Birdman movie poster

‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton

Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Rated: R

 

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