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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Invisible Woman’

Ralph Fiennes stars in, directs movie about Charles Dickens and a secret lover.

Movie trivia contest: Jan. 24

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Blue Jasmine’ Blu-ray

“Blue Jasmine” on Blu-ray

MOVIE REVIEW: Vanessa Hudgens sheds squeaky-clean, girl-next-door image in ‘Gimme Shelter’

The “High School Musical” star is joined by Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser in this drama.

Movie trivia contest: Jan. 17

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nut Job’ does almost everthing right

The 3-D artwork is pristine, the characters are varied and superbly developed, the plot is full of twists and it comes with a wonderfully unpredictable yet thoroughly satisfying stand-alone ending that could lead to a sequel.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Short Term 12’

Writer/director Destin Cretton pulls off the near impossible task of making all of it seem eminently believable while steadfastly avoiding the types of hackneyed clichés that usually cripple productions of this ilk.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'August: Osage County' best experienced as live performance, not feature film

The screenplay for the film was written by Tracy Letts and is based on his own stage play.

MOVIE REVIEW: Spike Jonze flick 'her' is 'kind of out there'

Joaquin Phoenix stars in this sci-fi movie.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Lone Survivor' fails to win uphill battle

Director Peter Berg generally goes the route of overkill, and “Lone Survivor” is easily his most visceral and in-your-face effort to date.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Enough Said'

The film is wry, bone dry, bittersweet and entirely original.

Movie trivia contest: Jan. 10

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The best — and worse — of 2013’s movies

Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at the good, bad and the ugly of this year’s movie selection.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Love, Marilyn’

This docudrama about the late sex symbol is worth your time

Movie Critic Michael Clark spotlights “Love, Marilyn” on DVD.

Movie trivia contest — Jan. 3

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Movie trivia contest — Dec. 27

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Don Jon'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt dominates in this racy, blunt movie

This week, movie critic Michael Clark spotlights “Don Jon” on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is the weakest film of Scorsese's career

This Leonardo DiCaprio’s fifth film with Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the title character Jordan Belfort, the real-life whizz-kid whose first day on Wall Street was Black Monday in 1987.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' mostly just navel-gazing

Ben Stiller has some funny moments in the flick

You’ll find more meaning of life advice inside of a greeting card or a fortune cookie than in this movie.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Hustle’ director’s finest film so far

It is loosely based on the “Abscam” sting operation of the late ’70s

There’s twisted humor, thick drama, multiple love triangles, sex, greed, intrigue, crime, temptation, retribution and brilliant observations of human behavior with style and attitude to burn.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ not Coens’ best effort

This is Ethan and Joel Coen’s first bust

True Coen fans will enjoy this movie, since the brother beat to their own drum.

Movie trivia contest — Dec. 20

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Despicable Me 2'

This animated movie rose to the top of charts

This week, Michael Clark spotlights “Despicable Me 2” on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mr. Banks’ Disneyfies making of ‘Poppins’

Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney

It’s hard to fathom why anyone at Disney ever wanted this movie to see the light of day.

MOVIE REVIEW: Will Ferrell and crew return for 'Anchorman 2'

This time, Ron Burgundy takes a job with GNN

This being a Will Ferrell movie, it’s all delivered with the soft touch of a sledgehammer but is effective nonetheless.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Big' 25th Anniversary Edition

Some say this is Tom Hanks’ purest performance ever

This week, movie critic Michael Clark spotlights “Big” 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

This is the second movie in the trilogy

While an improvement on the first installment, “Smaug” still falls into the “weak middle/bridge” category of movie that almost always besets cinematic trilogies.

Movie trivia contest — Dec. 13

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Good Ol’ Freda’

The story of Freda Kelly, office secretary for The Beatles.

This week, Michael Clark spotlights “Good Ol’ Freda” on DVD.

Movie trivia contest — Dec. 6

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Go For Sisters’

Not writer, director John Sayles’ best film

The new flick has a kind of “Thelma & Louise” vibe percolating.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me'

This rock-doc follows a band who never made it big

This week, Michael Clark spotlights “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 29

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Philomena' is a heartfelt (but not sappy) uplifting drama

Producer Harvey Weinstein releases a low-key British movie

It is a heartfelt uplift drama with a side of order of dry English humor and just enough mystery and intrigue to make it appealing to those who don’t usually like British films.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: '2 Guns'

The movie stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

This week, Michael Clark spotlights “2 Guns” on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: Radcliffe shines in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg

“Kill Your Darlings” is the third movie in two years to take on the Beat origins and the third to fall short of expectations.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Spinning Plates' a foodie doc with interesting flavor

This feels like a foodie documentary

This movie manage to present something that doesn’t usually take place in documentaries and in the end, that’s probably a good thing.

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 22

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' just as good as first movie

The short verdict for “Catching Fire” is: if you liked the first installment, you’ll like this one just as much; maybe even a little more.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Book Thief' falls short of potential

It is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Markus Zusak

It’s hard to slam a film with such noble intent but when making a movie about death and war, you can’t sugarcoat it to such a degree and expect anyone to take it or its message seriously.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Delivery Man' doesn't quite deliver

Vince Vaughn plays the well-intended nice guy

It is a movie that covers all of the fast/comfort food cinematic bases that tastes great going down and fills you up but provides next-to-no actual sustenance.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

This flick does a magnificent job of putting the spotlight on a medical issue that sparked the nation’s attention for a short time and has never gone away.

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 15

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: ‘Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin”

This documentary was originally aired on PBS

This week, movie critic Michael Clark spotlights “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’” on Blu-ray disc.

2013 Holiday movie preview

After Thanksgiving, movies boom in theaters

Movie Critic Michael Clark takes a look at the films to be released through December.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Three Faces of Eve'

When released, it was considered film about mental illness

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights “The Three Faces of Eve” on Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 8

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Thor: The Dark World' loses the energy, fun of first installment

Lacking the relative light touch of its predecessor, “Thor: The Dark World” is a lumbering, incoherent, heavy-handed monstrosity of a film.

Movie trivia contest — Nov. 1

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Last Vegas' a surprising good, light, funny comedy

“Last Vegas” has been billed as “The Hangover” for the AARP crowd which is easy to understand based on the somewhat misleading trailers.