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You know the plot: After the murder of his father, a young prince must learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. No, we’re not talking about Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” We’re discussing Disney’s “The Lion King.”

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Didn’t I see Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx do this film before, an action-packed story about a taxi driver who is commandeered by a driven gunman? “Collateral” it was called.

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On Sunday, we have the 91st Academy Awards presentation. Whether you’ll be watching it from home on the TV, or as a live podcast on the big screen at your local theater, or you’re fortunate enough to walk the red carpet in Hollywood, you probably have favorites for whom you’re rooting.

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I’m not one for cheap laughs. If you agree, look no further than Wes Anderson’s clever 1998 comedy “Rushmore,” which follows 15-year-old overachiever Max Fischer in a quest to earn his teacher’s love.

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From the cobblestone roads of Rome to the scenic beaches of Bali, “Eat Pray Love” (2010) is sure to trigger a sense of wanderlust in even the most Boone-loving viewer.

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This week’s movie review focuses on a more recent movie than any other since I overtook these locally-focused reviews. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014), was certainly a refreshing return to (very) modern cinema.

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Since it’s playing locally soon, and I surprisingly have never seen it, I decided to watch “Sixteen Candles” (1984) for the first time. I didn’t know what to think, and went into the film with relatively low expectations — somehow, I was still disappointed.

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Riddled with symbolic imagery, supernatural encounters and some rockin’ tunes, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) is an adventurous Coen Brothers epic telling the tale of three runaway convicts in for a unique journey.

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The film “Paths of Glory” (1957) is set during World War I, at a time when trench warfare had the allies and the axis at a tactical stalemate. French General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, the Ant Hill, …

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Fried green tomatoes, anyone? I know I can’t be the only one who was hungry after seeing Kathy Bates munch into some good southern fried cookin’.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, together with Appalachian State University, is bringing a worldwide movement to Blowing Rock on Saturday, March 19, with home movies.

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‘The Revenant:’ A classic tale of survival

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Man versus nature is one of the great enduring themes in filmmaking. From “The African Queen” to “127 Hours” to “Everest,” movie lovers have been treated to many a splendid battle where human survival is at the mercy of a merciless Mother Nature.

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Arthur RedCloud as Hikuc and Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in 'The Revenant.'

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A haunting farewell:

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It topped the box office for the second week in a row and it’s received raving reviews across the board, but even with that, “Straight Outta Compton” manages to greatly exceed expectations.

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“Vacation” is a worthy semblance of the Chevy Chase originals as Ed Helms (“The Hangover”) helms the doomed ship driving the next generation of Griswolds.

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Promising anything-but-romantic comedy sloppily ends in choreographed dance number

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To make a marketable animated kids’ movie, always include a rapping and/or dancing animal.

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Easily Disney Pixar’s best release since 'Up,' 'Inside Out' is a creative, hilarious and honest picture that doles out laughs, sparks some memories and tugs on the heart strings

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Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in 'Jurassic World.'

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Although engineered to meet both audience and investor expectations, the sequel is still a marvel to behold, delivering B-movie fun on an A-movie budget

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Melissa McCarthy stars in 'Spy.'

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Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham star in 'Spy.'

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Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig do some bonding, James Bonding, in their latest comic collaboration

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in 'San Andreas.'

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Although it boasts one of the more promising face-offs in disaster movie history — The Rock vs. Geology — this mundane earthquake flick is hardly groundbreaking.

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Old school stunt work such as attackers swinging on poles to board an 18-wheel tanker careening across the desert help make 'Fury Road' the best 'eye candy' thriller in years.

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From left, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson and Jeremy Renner star in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'