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After struggling with advanced muscular dystrophy for years, a 16-year-old Queen Creek girl found out she won't be able to walk soon.
LOS ANGELES — In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
This photo provided by DreamWorks shows the DVD for Rise of the Guardians: Holiday Edition with a marching toy elf. (AP Photo/DreamWorks)
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
Outfitted with delicious wit and a forbearing tone, the charm of screenwriter Bob Nelson's Midwest-set dramedy, "Nebraska," is rooted in its clever dialogue and novel approach to small-town dynamics.
The best parts of "Dallas Buyers Club" are of Matthew McConaughey, as HIV-positive Texas man Ron Woodroof, bucking like a bull in a Dallas hospital he refuses to let hold him.
Gilbert School Board President Stacy Burk recently made a proposal sure to generate discussion. On a Facebook site, “Gilbert Schools Rabid Fringe,” she’s floating the following:
Is it possible to convey, through the experience of just one man, the sweep and enormity of the horror that was American slavery?
Officials: Nearly half of teens drink; 20 percent get alcohol from parents
Ripped from headlines that still feel wet, "The Fifth Estate" dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its figurehead, Julian Assange.
"You will know her name," scream the posters for the new big-screen version of "Carrie," as if anyone could forget it after seeing Brian De Palma's brilliant 1976 movie or reading the original Stephen King novel.
A Mesa woman wants to say thank you to the Good Samaritan who returned her wallet with something much more valuable than cash inside.
Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" is a sequel based on an end-credits joke from a film that was itself based on a joke trailer contained within a half-joke grindhouse homage. Exactly how many degrees such an endeavor is removed from anything resembling serious cinema would require Jean Baudrillard to calculate, yet for more immediate filmgoing purposes, all there is to see here is a surprisingly long-lived gag finally running out of gas. As violent as its predecessor yet noticeably duller and less outrageous, "Machete Kills" is dragged to the finish line entirely by its director's madcap energy and an absurd cast of major stars in strange cameos.
A story like that at the heart of "Runner Runner," about a young American gambler who gets sucked way above his head into the criminal doings of a big-time offshore operator, would have found its ideal life as a tough, punchy, black-and-white programmer back in the 1950s. Today, it would have been most viable as a grandiose character study done on an operatic scale by a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann. What's actually up onscreen in this vaguely ambitious but tawdry melodrama falls into an in-between no man's land that endows it with no distinction whatsoever, a work lacking both style and insight into the netherworld it seeks to reveal. Despite an intriguing setup and Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake heading the cast, this Fox release holds a losing box-office hand.
Jon Martello's relentless libido has a comic math to it.
Maybe, just maybe, Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan are perfect opposites: one a swinging playboy, the other a cold calculator.
Mesa High School senior Karina Rivera remembered the moment when she realized her school was special.
Mesa's United Food Bank will offer families a chance to volunteer together in September.
Parents, guardians and grandparents will all find useful classes offered through Mesa Unified School District's Parent University.
Chandler's Hamilton High School has been recognized as one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education, part of the department's Excellence in Civic Engagement Program launched in October.
A recent study conducted by Business Insider has the City of Chandler ranked as the ninth safest city in the country.
Slow down, drivers. School is in session.
Back in the early ‘90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.
Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor's office, the jury's verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation's stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department offers a free immunization clinic every month. The next clinic - just in time for school to start - will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Fiesta Mall in the lower level near Macy's.