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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

MOVIES



TOP 10 MOVIES FOR THE WEEKEND OF FEB.8, 2019
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - $35,000,000
2. What Men Want - $19,000,000
3. Cold Pursuit - $10,800,000
4. The Upside - $7,220,000
5. Glass - $6,422,000
6. The Prodigy - $6,004,003
7. Green Book - $3,567,000
8. Aquaman - $3,300,000
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - $3,040,000
10. Miss Bala - $2,725,000
(From comScore, Inc.)




Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns takes place 20-something years after the first movie. Jane and Michael are now all grown up. Jane (a delightful Emily Mortimer) has followed her mother’s footsteps becoming a progressive female (she wears pants!) and works to help those less fortunate. She hasn’t married and assumes “that ship has sailed.” Grown up Michael has also followed his father’s footsteps somewhat working part time at the same bank his dad did as a teller but longing to be an artist. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is a fairly new widower and father of three kids of his own: Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson). He and the kids live in his childhood home – at least they do at the beginning of the movie. Lawyers tell him that he is about to lose the home if he doesn’t pay the remainder of the loan by the end of the week. And just like that, Mary Poppins arrives! Strangely, Mary doesn’t look any older but she’s the same old Mary and still practically perfect. Read More >>>



First Man

In 2016, director Damien Chazelle set out to create a modern musical movie that paid tribute to the classic ones who came before it in La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. That film won six Academy Awards. This weekend, his epic Neil Armstrong picture, First Man opens in theaters and also stars Gosling in yet another winning performance. Based on the book by James R. Hansen and written by Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post) First Man aims to show the struggles and costs associated when dealing with one of the most dangerous missions on earth and in the heavens with much of it from Armstrong’s point of view … and a lot of close-ups. Read More >>>


Aquaman
While clocking in just under two and half hours, Aquaman feels a lot longer. While it is one of DC Comics better movies, it still doesn’t measure up to Marvel even though it is basically an equivalent to Thor. Comic book nerds will love this, but eyes might glaze over for the causal comic book movie fan. There is a lot to take in and even though they added some humor for levity, it stills feels a bit too serious. The film goes to great lengths to explain every bit of history about Atlantis, features a large cast including two different villains, and two sets of romance stories. The only thing missing here is Momoa’s shirt. Read More>>>

Ralph Breaks the Internet
I didn’t have high hopes for Wreck-It Ralph when it came out in 2012, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope wasn’t overshadowed by the numerous video game jokes. Ralph wasn’t a bad guy, but he played one for the game Fix-It Felix and Vanellope had glitches in the Sugar Rush game. Both were misunderstood, but this odd couple became friends and became better people because of it, which is a lot more than many were expecting to find in the animated tale. Now the pair is back for Ralph Breaks the Internet and we pick up shortly where we left them. Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) meet up “after work” outside of their own games to jump into other games and goof around and tell silly jokes. Read More>>>

Glass
I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try. Read More>>>






33, The  /  45 Years  /  90 Minutes in Heaven  /  99 Homes  / 

A  A Good Day to Die Hard  /  A Hundred Foot Journey  /  Admission  /  Adrift  /  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  /  Alice Through the Looking Glass  / Amazing Spider-Man, The  /  Aquaman  /  Armstrong Lie, The  /  Avengers, The  /  Avengers: Age of Ultron, The  /  Avengers: Infinity War

Bad Times at the El Royale  /  Batkid Begins  /  Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders  /  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  /  Battleship  /  Beauty and the Beast  /  Beatriz at Dinner  /  Believe Me  /  Ben-Hur  /  Big Hero 6  /  Big Year, The  Black Nativity  /  Black or White  /  Black Panther  /  Blue Like Jazz  /  Book Thief, The  /  Bourne Legacy, The  /  Boss Baby, The   /  Boxtrolls, The  /  Boyhood  /  Brave  /  Brickumentary  /  Bully  /  Butter

C  Captain America: Civil War  /  Captain America: Winter Soldier, The  /  Captain Underpants: The First Epic movie  / Captive  /  Cars 3  /  Christmas Eve  /  Christmas With a Capital C  /  Christopher Robin  /  Chronicle  /  Cinderella  /  Code Black  /  Cold in July  /  Confessions of a Prodigal Son  /  Coco  /  Cold November  /  Commuter, The  /  Courageous  /  Crimson Peak  / 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  /  Death of Stalin, The  /  Deliver Us From Evil  /  Descendants, The  /  Despicable Me 3  /  Details, The  /  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days  Divergent  /    Dolphin Tale  /  Dr. Seuss' The Grinch  /  Dunkirk

Ender's Game  /  Exodus  /  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  /

Fight Church  /  Finding Dory  /  Finest Hours, The  /  First Man  /  Florence Foster Jenkins  /  The Founder  /  FrankenweenieFrozen  /

Geostorm  /  Gifted  /  Gimme Shelter  /  Glass  /  God Bless the Broken Road  /  Godzilla  /  Golden Shoes  /  Gone Girl  /  Good Dinosaur, The  Goodbye Christopher Robin  /  Gravity  /  Greatest Showman, The /  Guardians of the Galaxy  /  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  /  Guest, The  /  Guilt Trip, The 

H Hacksaw Ridge  / Hail Caesar  Heart of the Sea  /  Heaven is Real  /  Hell or High Water  /  Hello. My Name is Doris  /  Hero, The  /  Holy Rollers  /  Hotel Transylvania  /  Hotel Transylvania 2  /  House with a Clock in Its Walls, The  /  How to Train Your Dragon 2  /  Hunger Games, The  /  Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The  /  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

Identical, The  /  In Darkness  /  Incredibles 2  /  Inside Out  /  Instant Family  /  Insurgent  /  Internship, TheIntersteller  /  Is Genesis History?  /

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  / Jeff Who Lives at Home  /  Jobs  /  John Carter  /  Johnny English Reborn  /  Johnny English Strikes Again  /  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island  /  Joyful Noise  /  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  /  Jungle Book, The  / Jurassic Park 3D  /  Jurassic World  /  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  /  Justice League

K  Kelly and Cal  /  Kidnap

L  LEGO Batman Movie   /   LEGO Movie, The  /  Les Miserables  /  Life, Animated  /  Little Hope Was Arson  /  Little Rascals  /  Little Women  /  Lorax, The  /

Machine Gun Preacher  /  Maleficent  / Man on a Ledge  /  Man of Steel  /  Man Who Invented Christmas, The  /  Mansome  /  Marriage Retreat  /  Mary Poppins Returns  /  McFarland, USA  /  Me Again  /  Meg, The  Mighty Macs, The  /  Million Dollar Arm  /  Minions  /  Miracles From Heaven  /  Mirror Mirror  /  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol  /  Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation  /  Mission Impossible: Fallout  /  Monuments Men  /  Moms Night Out  /  Monsters University  / Mother India  /  Mother's Day  /  Mummy, The  /  Muppets, The  /  Muppets Most Wanted  /  Murder on the Orient Express

Need for Speed  /  Night at the Museum 3  /  Now You See Me  /  Now You See Me 2

Ocean's 8  /  October Baby  /  Oculus  /  Odd Life of Timothy Green  /  Only the Brave  /  Oz, The Great and Powerful  

P  Paranorman  /  Passengers  /  Patterns of Evidence: Exodus  /  Peanuts Movie, The  /  People Like Us  /  Pete's Dragon  /  Pirates! Band of Misfits, The  Pixels  /  Pope Francis: A Man of His Word  /  Post, The  /  Prisoners  /  Private Life  /  Pursuit of Happyness  /  Puss in Boots  /  Puzzle

Q  Quartet  /  Queen of Katwe  /

Ralph Breaks the Internet  / Raven, The  /  Real Steel  /  RED 2  /  Resurrection of Gavin Stone, The  /  Rise of the Guardians  /  Robocop  /  Rock of Ages /  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  /

S  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  /  Saving Mr. Banks  /  Saving Winston  /  Secret Life of Pets, The  /  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  /  Shot  /  Skyscraper  /  Spectre  /  Spider-Man 2  /  Spy  /  Stanford Prison Experiment, The  /  Star Trek Into Darkness  /  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  /  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  /  Step Up Revolution  /  Stonehearst Asylum  /  Suicide Squad

Tag  /  Taken 2  /  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  /  Thor: Ragnarok  /  Tower Heist  /  Transcendence  /  Trouble With the Curve

U

V

W  War for the Planet of the Apes  /  What to Expect When You Are Expecting  /  What We Do In The Shadows  /  When the Game Stands Tall  /  Why Him?  /  Wonder Woman  /  Woman in Black  /  Woodlawn  /   Words, The  /  Wreck-It Ralph 

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First Man
Available on DVD and Blu-ray on January 22

In 2016, director Damien Chazelle set out to create a modern musical movie that paid tribute to the classic ones who came before it in La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. That film won six Academy Awards. This weekend, his epic Neil Armstrong picture, First Man opens in theaters and also stars Gosling in yet another winning performance. Based on the book by James R. Hansen and written by Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post) First Man aims to show the struggles and costs associated when dealing with one of the most dangerous missions on earth and in the heavens with much of it from Armstrong’s point of view … and a lot of close-ups. Read my review>>>

Johnny English Strikes Again
Available on DVD and Blu-ray on January 22

There are two kinds of people in the world: those you like Rowan Atkinson and those you do not. If you are the later, there is no sense reading any further as it will nearly impossible to convince you to go see Johnny English Strikes Again. Though Atkinson has been featured in a number of films (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Rat Race, The Lion King) he still isn’t well-known to American audiences except for those who have seen the British star’s other character, Mr. Bean on PBS. The two characters are completely different, but the humor of the two franchises are similar in tone complete with pratfalls and embarrassing situations. Read my review>>>


Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Available on DVD and Blu-ray on February 5

Honestly, I didn’t know how Illumination was going to pull this one off. For years we enjoyed Chuck Jones’ 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Then in 2000, Universal came out with the brilliant idea of creating a live action version of the story starring Jim Carrey, and at times, the Ron Howard-directed film was brilliant, but probably would have made for a better short. A little Carrey can go a long way and though the film meant well, it was too full of pratfalls and chaos that it didn’t leave enough room for any heart. Eighteen years later Universal is trying it again, only this time going back to the animated route. And guess what? It’s fantastic. Read my review>>>

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