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Inside Kirk Douglas's intimate 100th birthday celebration

Kirk Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from "Rocky" blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood's last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday at an intimate gathering of friends and family.

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In praise of main characters who are, well, unlovable

Many weeks at the movies you search, fruitlessly, for protagonists with a few edges or a messy internal conflict or two. Too often the creators of those characters work from a place of commercial fear, not creative desire. They're nervous. They don't want anybody to dislike anybody for very long, especially their chief rooting interest. The function of the audience becomes simple: to root, root, root for the narrative equivalent of the home team.

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Movie review: Clever spiritual comedy 'The Brand New Testament' finds God ... in Brussels

The most powerful figure in the world is a miserable old bastard who manifests a startling contempt for humanity and an utter lack of moral qualifications and who spends each day dispensing tyranny and abuse with a few ill-advised keystrokes. It may not sound like the stuff of great escapist entertainment at the moment, but this is the basic premise of "The Brand New Testament," a clever exercise in gently heretical whimsy from Belgian writer-director Jaco Van Dormael.

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Movie review: 'Frank & Lola' is an impressive thriller

The enigmatic, low-key and slow-burn romantic thriller "Frank & Lola" is impressive on a number of levels. It's the first feature from young director/writer Matthew Ross, it's blessed with a superlative cast - including Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots and Michael Nyqvist - and it features the kind of performance from Shannon that earned him notice before the likes of "Man of Steel" and "Boardwalk Empire" came calling.

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Oakdale RB Semone tops 300-yard mark again

Oakdale H.S. Running back Will Semone topped the 300-yard mark for the third time in the postseason, helping Oakdale to a 27-10 victory over Sutter on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at The Corral in Oakdale, Calif. (jcortez@modbee.com)
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Oakdale RB Semone tops 300-yard mark again 1:04

Oakdale RB Semone tops 300-yard mark again

Krick's pick-six boosts Oakdale in NorCal title game 1:00

Krick's pick-six boosts Oakdale in NorCal title game

MJC women hold on to defeat Ohlone 1:09

MJC women hold on to defeat Ohlone

Oakdale High marching band sets mood for NorCal bowl 0:59

Oakdale High marching band sets mood for NorCal bowl