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  • Take an otherwise awful story about a guy failing in business, romance and family matters, and cast Kevin Costner. Make it a sports movie, because he’s good at those. Plaster it with enough logos and stars to turn it into a massive advertisement for the National Football League. Then sit back and let everything work its way out.

     

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

    Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest and its subsequent screening at SXSW this past March, Mike Flanagan’s “Oculus” has received almost universal critical acclaim.

  • As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well.

    Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a head start on the gardening season. Even if gardening season is still around the corner, completing the following projects can ensure your garden gets off on the right foot.

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  • A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners. Whether lawn care is your passion or just something you do to maintain the value of your home, dead grass can be exasperating.

  • It’s the season for home improvements, but dry weather conditions can shift priority projects this spring. Water conservation is on everyone’s mind, challenging local DIYers to get creative and inspiring The Home Depot to host a nationwide series of Water Conservation Workshops on Saturday, April 26.

    The Home Depot’s local Workshop leader can share know-how about clever ways to stay water-conscious this year, including:

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    The 2015 Chrysler 200 really starts in two places: on fingertips reaching from the driver’s seat and, perhaps more importantly, a blank sheet of paper.

     

  • What do you do with all the power and prestige that money can buy?

    While that’s the central question underpinning the story of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” it’s also a valid query for the Marvel movie universe.

     

  •  Jennifer and Justin Otting, of Broomfield, announce the birth of a daughter, Elise Sabine Otting. Elise was born March 25, 2014, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches.

    Grandparents are the late Karen Stooie, and David and Sandra Otting, of Provo, Utah. 

    Elise joins her siblings, Tanis, 12, Rowan, 10, Charlotte, 8, Accacia, 8, and Wren, 8.

     

  • Sometimes a humble and earnest attempt at chronicling the life of a historical figure will seem helplessly lacking up against the totality of that person’s legacy.

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    You get the feeling Volvo is like a new lottery winner. After years of Spartan interior details and perhaps-necessary minimalistic presentation (some of which was very pretty), the Swedish car company hung a Monet next to the black-light poster.

     

  • For the faithful who sit through “Noah” and regret their ticket purchase after bearing witness to a story that plays out more like fantasy fiction than gospel, I do not blame your reactions.

  • Ryan Alexander

    Guest Column


    No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, they can’t make highway funding magically appear. But that doesn’t stop them fiddling and flailing as they burn through the Highway Trust Fund.

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    First, a confession: I’m a bit of a Europhile. Not everything is better across the pond, but many things are. 

    Food is better in Germany. Wine is better in France. Italy does wine and food better than both. At least the Brits have soccer.

     

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    Brad McHargue

    Film Critic

     

  • Time and again, the transition from best-selling young adult book title to Hollywood feature film ensures a decent amount of trimming, re-writing and various other revisions to make it palatable to a wider audience than the kids — and assorted adults — who make the tome a hit in the first place.

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    Aaron Cole

    Auto Columnist

     

    If, in five years, the polar vortex proves us all wrong and Kissimmee, Fla. becomes the new Aspen, consider the Toyota 4Runner a contender for “Car of the New Ice Age.” Oh, and pass the whale-oil lamp. It’s cold in here.

  • If director Wes Anderson’s previous film “Moonrise Kingdom” was the dummies’ guide to his unique cinematic aesthetics and peculiarities, his latest film — “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — is a greatest hits album.

  • To deride “Need for Speed” as “just another video game movie” would be unfair.

    Most video games these days have better writing, characters and action than “Need for Speed.” While I’ve not had the pleasure of trying my controller-gripping hand at the NFS game series, I refuse to believe they’d be less enjoyable than the film that bears its name opening this week.

     

  •  If director Wes Anderson's previous film “Moonrise Kingdom” was the dummies' guide to his unique cinematic aesthetics and peculiarities, his latest film – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – is a greatest hits album.

    It's almost as though he's expected a chorus of critics to push him to explore new territory and ditch the sometimes stuffy, other times pastel but always intriguing ways he crafts his films — and "Grand Budapest" is as strong a counterpunch to those opinions as I can imagine from Anderson.

  •  Don’t let the title fool you. Director Chiemi Karasawa’s “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” is not just another star-focused documentary.

    Sure, in its opening minutes we get a sense of the usual celeb-obsessed feature: Ms. Stritch walks around New York City, being approached by fans and fellow actors alike. Her appearance — fur coat and standard Aging Star attire — is completely in line with her personality, taking no effort to avoid standing out.