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The Mercury’s Summer Wrap-up

MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH17 CRASHES On July 17, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Ukrainian air...

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‘Lucy’ underwhelms with predictable plot, unimpressive action

SPOILER ALERT Scarlett Johansson escapes from the Marvel universe and gets to play her own superhero in “Lucy.” Unfortunately, the result is unintentionally...

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‘Purge’ sequel disappoints

“The Purge: Anarchy” is a surprising step forward in the franchise but only because the first one was so poor. James DeMonaco returns...

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‘Dragon’ sequel delights with vibrant visuals, heartfelt story

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” could easily rest on its stunning visuals, but the film combines 3D with a touching story that...

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Summer Pop Review

Neon Trees electrifies at House of Blues  Marcelo Yates Keeping the crowd out late on June 1, pop rock band Neon Trees performed...

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Macfarlane’s Western comedy misses the mark

Most known for his work on “Family Guy,” Seth MacFarlane’s presence has blown up recently. He has expanded his voice work on “Family...

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‘Neighbors’ a comedy with heart

“Neighbors” asks millennials what is cool after having a child. How does this generation transition from young adulthood to adulthood. Are late night...

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‘Under the Skin’ flick offers art house sci-fi

When a nude Scarlett Johansson starts undressing another woman, it should be titillating and exciting. In the context of “Under the Skin,” the...


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