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Finally, some good TV: The 2011 Denver Post fall TV preview

When life gets scary, TV lets us face our fears from a safe distance. A haunted house, rampaging dinosaurs and menacing storybook characters bow as antagonists this fall, stand ins, perhaps for a teetering economy, reigning terrorism and incendiary political climate. Escapist comedies provide relief, too, the best being Zooey Deschanel​’s endearing turn in “New […]

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"Kung Fu Panda 2" offers eye candy, wisdom for kids

***1/2 more panda-monium “Kung Fu Panda 2” makes one thing clear from the get-go: Lord Shen, he’s one angry bird. Gary Oldman voices the peacock whose pride may goeth, but not before he causes a storm of destruction in the lovely sequel to the 2008 surprise that introduced us to Po. Jack Black returns as […]

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Win Disney's GNOMEO & JULIET on DVD!

**CONTEST CLOSED–CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER ZONJA HAMILTON!** I had heard of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet but didn’t read William Shakespeare’s tragedy until high school. Talk about a letdown with that morose ending. Thankfully, GNOMEO & JULIET won’t send your kids into a lovesick depression and instead takes a fresh and funny approach to the world’s […]

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Win a Tollytots Rapunzel doll & Tangled DVD!

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER JESSICA TALSTEIN** What little girl wouldn’t love this giveaway: A Tollytots Rapunzel doll and a DVD of Disney’s hit movie Tangled. Inspired by the Disney film Tangled, this 14-inch-tall doll is the toddler version of Rapunzel with hair as long as she is tall for styling fun. The back of […]

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Rio is bright (if feathery) eye candy

*** stars (out of four) | Animated comedy. G. 1 hour 36 minutes. At area theaters. A lot of passion and personal feeling clearly went into “Rio,” the 3-D animated adventure from director Carlos Saldanha, who devised this story as a love letter to his Brazilian hometown. It’s strikingly gorgeous, bursting with big images and […]

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Movie Review: "Mars Needs Moms" a witty space rescue

You’ll want to stay through the closing credits of the new motion-capture animated adventure “Mars Needs Moms,” a film from the people who gave us “The Polar Express.” There are four minutes of clips of the real-live cast of the film, Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler among them, wearing the mo-cap suits, dots […]

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