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Movie review: ‘Fist Fight’ gets by on its stars’ chemistry

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Ice Cube, left, and Charlie Day in a scene from "Fist Fight." (Bob Mahoney / AP)
There’s a scene near the end of the comedy “Fist Fight” – not long before the altercation promised in the title – that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let’s just say that the combo of Big Sean’s unprintable hit rap, star Charlie Day’s nebbishy physicality and a young girl’s school talent show is comedy gold.

The Roots to perform NBA-themed musical at All-Star Game

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

The Roots will perform an original NBA-themed musical featuring former “Hamilton” actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, musician Jidenna and rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

UI’s Hampton jazz festival turns 50

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

The Lionel Hampton Festival of Jazz turns 50 this year. To celebrate the festival is bringing in four-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding to headline the Feb. 25 finale concert.

Willie Nelson to return to stage after fighting cold

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017 file photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. Nelson has postponed three California shows because of illness. Publicist Elaine Schock tells The Associated Press that Nelson will have to miss his three-night stint that had been scheduled for Monday Feb. 6, 2017, Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. Schock gave no details on Nelson's sickness, but says he plans to be back on the road again for a Feb. 16, concert at a San Antonio rodeo. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) ORG XMIT: LA121 (Mark Humphrey / AP)
SAN ANTONIO – Willie Nelson is set to return to the stage after missing several shows because of a cold. Publicist Elaine Schock says the 83-year-old country star will perform Thursday night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

10 Under $10

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons (Tony Morey)
Things to do this week that won’t break the bank.

Movie review: ‘The Great Wall’ defies expectations

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

A scene from "The Great Wall." (Photo Credit: Legendary and Univ / AP)
The buzz on “The Great Wall” has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called “The Great Wall” (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is now revealed, and “The Great Wall” defies any expectations – it’s absolutely bonkers wild.

‘Fence,’ an in-your-face, timely art piece, on display at Kendall Yards gallery

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:33 a.m.

Spokane artist Michael Dinning’s sculptural wall painting is on display at Marmot Art Gallery in Kendall Yards. (Courtesy / Marshall E. Peterson Jr.)
Border walls and immigration bans were merely campaign slogans when Spokane artist Michael Dinning first started constructing his sculptural wall painting “Fence” last year. The finished piece now hangs at Marmot Art Gallery in Kendall Yards – images of immigrants and refugees taken from a 100-year-old photograph on Ellis Island, “fenced” in behind strands of wire.

Movie review: Horror film ‘A Cure for Wellness’ is masterful, but flawed

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Dane DeHaan in a scene from "A Cure For Wellness." (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox / AP)
Though Gore Verbinski has made a name for himself with large Hollywood studio pictures like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lone Ranger,” he’s always had a weird streak; a “one for them, one for me” mentality, interspersing in films like “The Weather Man” and “Rango.” “A Cure for Wellness,” a horror film set at a spa in the Swiss Alps, is most definitely one for him.

Movie review: ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a gloriously unpredictable father-daughter comedy

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Sandra Huller as Ines, left, and and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in a scene from "Toni Erdmann." (Komplizen Film / AP)
The glorious peculiarity of the German comedy “Toni Erdmann” resists easy categorization, and you can’t really tell what’s up, or why you should see it, judging from the coming-attractions trailer put out by its domestic distributor, Sony Pictures Classics. SPC boasts some of the savviest stewards in international film, and even they can’t figure out how to sell this movie. What is it? Something about a tightly wound businesswoman and her relentlessly practical-joking father. But what?

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