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Updated at 8:32 AM

It’s hard to beat the new “Ben-Hur” for historical accuracy. The teeth, perfectly straight, gleaming white. The dreadlocks, gray and magnificent. Bob Marley would be proud. The Limey accents, pristine and offering indisputable proof that British Imperialism was alive and well in Jerusalem in century one. And best of all, a hunky, Hispanic Jesus. To whom do we owe these lush riches? Well, it’s none other than “The Apprentice”...

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It’s scientifically proven that the best way to make an audience at a horror film all scream at the same time, preferably in a quiet scene with low lighting, is to suddenly throw a yowling cat in front of the camera. That cheap shock works...

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Boxing movies are made for boxing fans. But there are also people who need a good story or character study to go along with that. Hollywood has produced plenty of films with both ingredients, from much lauded ones such as “Raging...

Updated Aug 25, 2016 at 8:45 PM

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Rogue Valley Symphony Association each received cultural development grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust for fiscal year 2016-17, the OCT announced Aug.

Posted Aug 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Indignation; 110min; Rated R   “Indignation,” an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel, is set initially in Newark, New Jersey, and finally Winesburg, Ohio. The year is 1951, and Marcus...

Updated Aug 21, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Free screenings of a series of six film noir classics in the garden at Hearsay Restaurant in Ashland kick off Tuesday, Aug. 23, with "Scarlet Street," a 1945 film directed by Fritz Lang starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan...

Posted Aug 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The fact-based “War Dogs” is all bark and no bite. Director Todd Phillips (the “Hangover” movies) wastes a golden opportunity to make an “Argo”-like gem out of a “can’t miss” story...

Posted Aug 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Here’s a film that gets into the idea of opposites attracting. It’s a “based-on-fact” story that’s been highly fictionalized. It’s a serious, tension-filled drama that’s at times, laugh-out-loud...

Posted Aug 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

With their newest feature “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Oregon-based Laika, the studio that made, among other gems, “Coraline” and “The Boxtrolls,” takes a major step up in the field of stop-motion...

Posted Aug 17, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Pete’s Dragon; Rated PG; 95min   “Pete’s Dragon” is a movie aimed squarely at the 10-year-old demographic and never wavers, avoiding inside jokes or frenetic, over-the-top chase scenes...

Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 11:53 AM

Varsity Theatre Aug. 19-25 See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. Don't Think Twice NEW  Daily showtimes: 12:10, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05,...

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