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 Will Smith as Nicky and Margot Robbie as Jess both share an interest in grifting in "Focus."
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Will Smith as Nicky and Margot Robbie as Jess both share an interest in grifting in "Focus."

Movie review: 'Focus' entertaining, but its good pieces don't add up to a satisfying whole

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in the thriller “Focus.”


 Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew, left, and Josh Duhamel as Special Agent Milt Chamberlain in "Battle Creek." and Det. Russ Agnew go undercover as distillers to infiltrate Battle Creek's maple syrup cartels when a murder victim is found to have drowned in the gooey breakfast confection.

Tuned In: For the weekend, a good drama, a lousy mystery and slow start to 'House of Cards'

Reviewing CBS’s “Battle Creek,” ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” and the return of Netflix’s “House of Cards” for a busy TV weekend.



 John Cusack portrays Stafford Weiss, a famed TV self-help therapist, in "Maps to the Stars."

Movie review: “Maps to the Stars” gets lost in Hollywood’s cosmic depravity

“Maps to the Stars“ director and screenwriter lose their way in trying to depict ”Hollywood types.“



 Siovhan Christensen, left, and Karen Baum are part of the cast of the PICT Classic Theatre play "For the Tree to Drop."

Stage review: 'Tree to Drop' looks at brutality physical and otherwise

PICT Classic Theatre’s “For the Tree to Drop” explores themes of power, domination and rebellion set in the 1860s Old South.


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    The crazy world of Saul Goodman and “Better Call Saul” is online; Web video re-creates Oscar-winning films using stock film footage.



    TV preview: 'Motown 25' makes its moves again on WQED

    Local producer TJ Lubinsky brings an iconic special to television after a 31-year absence.


     

    Books


    'Fallen Leaves': A posthumous Will Durant tome was better off undiscovered

    The granddaughter of the “Story of Civilization” creator found his long-lost manuscript of reflections on life. He comes off as a crank.



    'The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry': top-notch

    Attention to ordinary American speech is what allows this anthology to maneuver readers gracefully through the work of singular poets.


     


    Breakfast With


    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Tim Daly

    Acting was a natural choice for Tim Daly as he followed in the footsteps of his late father, James, and sister Tyne.



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Richard Blanco

    Inaugural poet and engineer Richard Blanco finds intersections in diverse careers and life as a gay man raised in a machocentric culture.


     

    Celebrities


    PEOPLE: Lupita Nyong'o, Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer and more!

    Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-adorned Academy Awards dress was stolen from her West Hollywood hotel room late Wednesday.



    People: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Derek Hough, Pee-wee Herman, Nicki Minaj, Brian Williams and more!

    Fox Searchlight will release the filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” on July 1 in a limited release, Variety reports.


     

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