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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Skyscraper

Halfway through the summer movie season, there are clear winners and losers at the box office and with critics. Superheroes and dinosaurs are at the top, but there, is a plethora of movies that have underperformed in what is already a season that has offered less to movie fans.

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Jet ski racers compete in what has been called 'motocross on water'

The Sabine River in Orange has been a very busy body of water, from recent Bassmaster fishing tournaments to thundering tunnel boat racing. Now for the first time, the waterway will see a “Rumble on the River” as TxH20 Racing presents jet ski racing Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the Orange Boat Ramp (408 Pier Road).

“This is something new that everyone will enjoy,” said Brandy Judice, Orange CVB coordinator. “There will be no charge to attend this family-friendly event. Concessions and kids activities onsite will also be available.”

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The Houston Symphony will perform the music of Final Fantasy

The official symphony concert world-tour Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy comes to Jones Hall (3910 Yoakum Blvd.) in downtown Houston on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Launched in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of fantasy role-playing video game Final Fantasy, this concert tour features the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth.

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The Preacher's Cake at Hard Bean Lumberton

In a world of Starbucks franchises and energy drink startups, there stands a coffee shop in Lumberton that is changing up the rulebook for coffee in Southeast Texas. That coffee shop is Hard Bean Coffee, a much-needed respite for the area and a great alternative to big chain coffee shops.

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Benicio Del Toro in Sicario: Day of the Soldado

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

Rated: R

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Bolivar Peninsula

The Bolivar Peninsula is a 27-mile stretch of beautiful coastal land with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Intracoastal Waterway extending the peninsula’s entire length to its north.

The peninsula, which is rich in history, is named after South American hero Simon Bolivar, who led South and Central Americans to fight for their freedom against Spanish rule. Natives once inhibited the area as Bolivar explored the land, as did Cabeza de Vaca and pirate Jean Lafitte.

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Albert Nolen

Musical weekend … Starting Thursday evening at the Event Center, the City of Beaumont once again hosted Jazz at the Lake with Jimmy Simmons followed by The Flava Band. Several hours of magical music was enjoyed by a large group of jazz lovers. Swaying to the sounds of the talented musicians were Virginia and Ralph Jordan, Nancy Cook and Randy Heydenburg, Rozanne and Brian Blount, Scott Holtmyer, Velma Martin, Susan Simmons, Dean Cornwell, Lenny Caballero, Bobbi Wied, Catherine Armstrong and Kit Ohmstede, to name a few.

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Incredibles 2 cast photo

‘Incredibles 2’

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by: Brad Bird

Rated: PG

In the pantheon of animated studios, Pixar remains the best, not only for the high-quality graphics, but for the storylines and characters as well. It’s been almost 15 years since the first “Incredibles” premiered in 2004. It was a huge hit then and outshined such luminaries as “Toy Story 2” and “Shrek.” So my only complaint about this movie is why did it take so long to get here?

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Beaumont with fireworks

It’s a long-standing event like no other as the City of Beaumont presents its 32nd annual Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Wednesday, July 4, but with a brand new location. The Downtown Event Centre (700 Crockett St.) will become the hub of activity for the yearly tradition, which will include live entertainment, food trucks, a Budweiser beer garden and an unforgettable fireworks display. This year marks the addition of a spectacular laser light show on the lake, presented by JK Subaru, to kick off the fireworks presentation.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” — Anne Roiphe

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