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‘The Big Short’ uncovers big banking’s underbelly

Playing at Stadium 9

Rating: R

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Adam McKay

Written by: Michael Lewis, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Runtime: 2 hr. 10 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 86%

Synopsis: When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global...

Hang on for a wild family story in ‘Joy’

Playing at Stadium 9

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Directed by: David O. Russell

Written by: Annie Mumolo, David O. Russell

Runtime: 2 hr.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 63%

Synopsis: The wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds...

CTE the name of the game in ’Concussion’

Playing at the Gaslight

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Written by: Peter Landesman

Runtime: 2 hr. 18 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 61%

Synopsis: Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy in football players, and...

Will Ferrell’s back in ‘Daddy’s Home’

Playing at Stadium 9

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy

Directed by: Sean Anders

Written by: Etan Cohen, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Brian Burns, Sean Anders

Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 33%

Synopsis: An affable radio executive finds himself competing for the affections...

Review: ‘Point Break’: Where’s the (great) cheese?

It takes a very special director to make scenes of sky-diving, free climbing, big-wave surfing and BASE jumping something to yawn at. Yet Ericson Core must be that kind of miracle worker, because “Point Break,” his update of the 1991 cult classic, is basically a cavalcade of extreme sports, but with less drama than a...

What’s new: “Ork Records: New York, New York

Various Artists, “Ork Records: New York, New York”

Available: now as a double CD or a four LP collection

Label: Numero Group

The Numero Group is a record label based out of Chicago that has dedicated its time, energy and resources to reissue music ... often in the form of expansive compilations to the many...

Maria’s Bookshop top sellers: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19

Dec. 13 to Dec. 19

1. “Durango: A Silver Past,” A Golden Future by Susan Dalton (Hardcover)

2. “Close to Heaven: 50 Years of Purgatory” (Hardcover)

3. “Gratitude,” by Oliver Sacks (Hardcover)

4. “Real Magic,” by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Paperback)

5. “Tolkien: An Illustrated Atlas,” by David Day ...

Jewelry designer Janine Gibbons: ‘Everything inspires me’

When you walk into No Place Like Home, the first table you see is filled with beautiful, brightly-colored necklaces and earrings. The colors pull you in, telling stories from mountain hikes to fields of grain to fishing trips on salty seas.

Janine Gibbons was born in Alaska and has traveled the world in search of her...

Maria’s staff pick: “The Universal Tone,” by Carlos Santana

The Universal Tone, by Carlos Santana

It seems that these days, everyone’s favorite artist or band from the ’60s through the ’90s has a biography out. Patti Smith, John Fogarty, Keith Richards – lots of well-written bios. Another Neil Young and several Grateful Dead books are now out and available to music-loving...

Comedy Night at the Strater: You could probably use a laugh now

If you’ve finally cracked under the stress of the holidays, get yourself down to the Henry Strater Theatre on Saturday night for December Comedy Nights at the Strater. There, you will find that laughing is allowed; unlike laughing at Uncle Harry when he’s passed out in the recliner Christmas afternoon, soaked in whiskey,...

Maria’s staff pick: “Reading Lolita in Tehran”

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi

Fiction is important. It’s a fundamental way to make sense of reality and practice empathy. The story of Iran in the past 40 years is not one that we experience often in the U.S., let alone that story from a woman’s perspective. In Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi tells of...

Maria’s Bookshop top sellers: Dec. 6 to Dec. 12

Dec. 6 to Dec. 12

1. “Durango: A Silver Past, A Golden Future,” by Susan Dalton (Hardcover)

2. “Close to heaven: 50 Years of Purgatory” (Hardcover)

3. “Santa is Coming to Durango,” by Steve Smallman (Hardcover)

4. “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado,” by Linda Ashman (Hardcover)

5. “All...

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