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“Where did you get all this information?” asks one of Merrimen’s henchmen after Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) magically produces the schematics for one of the tightest security banks in the country.

Merrimen stares intensely for a moment. Peculiar quips and tangential subplots are constantly taking the audience in and out of the focus of the overarching narrative. But, with a delightfully satisfying plot twist ending and a few good action sequences to lean on, “Den of Thieves” emerges from its own disorienting design as a modest success.

The film isn’t different enough from “Ocean’s Eleven” to justify an extensive summary a group of exceptionally talented criminals gather together to rob the unrobbable. The difference is this time, Gerard Butler (our second favorite celebrity who looks like Russell Crowe, the first being Russell Crowe) is chasing them, and the proclaimed “original gangster cop” pulls no punches.

There are certainly creative flairs in the film that bring unfamiliar flavors to the tried and true action movie formula. Gudegast presents his story in a series of vignettes, with each primary character being introduced in a scene specifically constructed to define them for the audience. Once we’ve met our criminals and our cops, these vignettes continue, only in a less defined sense, with scenes that are edited together in such a way that they end abruptly or blend into each other. It offers an ideal balance for a subtle yet engaging method of visual storytelling.

But there are other elements of the storytelling that are too ambitious. Gudegast attempts to craft meaningful parallels between the “regulators” and the “outlaws” by taking us into their personal family lives. The problem is, we don’t care not even a little bit about Nick Flanagan’s (Butler) marital problems or whether Levi Enson’s (50 Cent) daughter has a nice date to the dance.

We don’t care because Nick and Levi, as well as many of the other main characters, are total assholes. They’re unapologetic, brutal and angry only O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s Donnie is easy to love. It’s Jackson’s charisma that carries much of the film as it is; after appearing in “Straight Outta Compton” and “Ingrid Goes West,” the actor musician has proven that he is certainly one to watch.

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With unlikeable characters on both sides, it becomes challenging for the audience to know who to root for, so viewers are inclined to spend most of their time just waiting for the next big showdown. And these moments are worth the wait with each shootout, robbery or car chase, Gudegast cuts the theatrics and delivers a pure, intense adrenaline rush. It’s refreshing to see action sequences this raw and unrestrained, completely lacking any absurd stunts or flashy bravery.

And then, we get to the ending. It would be an overstatement to say it was an unpredictable conclusion our instincts tell us that this was inevitable way before the reveals are made. What’s exciting is that, in the blurriness of the fast paced editing, off putting dialogue and suspension of disbelief, the story was laden with clues pointing toward the twist all along. In other words, the film disguises itself as a bad action movie, but proves to be much more.

If nothing else, Gerard Butler has at least recovered any dignity he may have lost on the sets of “Geostorm” and “Gods of Egypt.” “Den of Thieves” may not make the action movie hall of fame, but it offers enough uniqueness in a genre so often plagued with familiarity that it should earn some respect.
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and Canadian ticket sales, kicking off a new franchise for “Hunger Games” producer Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Walt Disney Co family comedy “Muppets Most Wanted” finished in second place, nabbing $16.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates provided by Rentrak. Animated “Mr. Peabody Sherman,” produced by Dreamworks Animation Inc, took the No. 3 slot with $11.7 million. and Canadian) ticket sales.

Shailene Woodley stars in “Divergent” as Tris Prior, a teenager who doesn’t fit in to a faction because she has multiple dominant personality traits, making her a threat to the government. She chooses to join the Dauntless faction of warriors who defend the society’s inhabitants. British actor Theo James plays Four, Tris’ mentor and love interest.

The debut of “Divergent” fell short of the box office heights of two other young adult franchises. “Hunger Games” started with a massive $152.5 million in March 2012 while “Twilight” opened with $69.6 million in November 2008.

Lions Gate said Friday it was confident “Divergent” would become an important franchise for the company and it was moving ahead with the second film in the series, called “Insurgent,” which will reach theaters in March 2015.

Noting that the “Divergent” opening was shy of blockbusters “Hunger Games” and “Twilight,” Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co., said “$56 million is a great opening for any film, and virtually locked down the proposed trilogy.”

“This is something to build on for the series, and with the cast expected to be in high demand, the ‘Divergent’ legacy will continue to grow,” Bock added.

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said, “We’re very pleased with the outcome for the franchise launch.”

The movie’s A+ CinemaScore grade from the under 18 audience bodes well for the coming weeks as spring break and Easter school holidays approach, Fay said, noting, “The young adult audience has been underserved in the last couple of weeks.”

The company spent $85 million to produce “Divergent,” plus $40 million to $45 million on marketing, according to a person with knowledge of the film’s budget. The studio has recouped about $70 million of the cost through international licensing deals, the person said.

“Muppets Most Wanted,” a sequel to a 2011 “Muppets” movie, stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell alongside Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and other classic Muppet characters. In the new film, Kermit is imprisoned in a Russian gulag in a case of mistaken identity, while an evil impostor travels with his muppet friends on a European tour.

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” brought its global sales through three weekends to $172 million. The movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Rounding out the domestic charts, Greek warrior sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” landed in fourth place with $8.7 million, while the independent faith based new release “God’s Not Dead” pulled in $8.6 million to claim the No. 5 spot.

Warner Brothers, a unit of Time Warner, released “300: Rise of an Empire.”

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He writes that while he wasn’t aware of the rape accusations, Rosenberg was well aware of the Hollywood tycoon’s “certain pattern of overly aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful.”

But why did he stay silent?

Rosenberg goes on to accuse producers, actors, actresses, politicians, agents and many more that everyone in Hollywood was aware of Weinstein’s advances in some form or another.

“I saw you,” he writes. “All of you. God help me, I was there with you.”

Read the entire Facebook post below: So, uh, yeah.

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I was there,
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for a big part of it.

From, what, 1994 to the early 2000s?

Something like that.

Certainly The Golden Age.

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The rise of Migos has been packed with dynamism. It was composed of ostentatious Audemars Piguet watches juxtaposed with the modest recording studios of Quality Control in Atlanta. It was characterized by the discipline of creating a monstrous 24 track album set against the ever emerging stories of arrests surrounding the three members and their friends. This brand of unpredictability and lavishness, paired with their infectious, catchy lyrics, that carried the hip hop artists Offset, Quavo and Takeoff into the tops of Billboard charts. Culture, the precursor to Culture II, was jam packed with banger after banger. It was the home of “Bad and Boujee” and “Slippery,” the latter ofwhich featured trap legend, Gucci Mane.

Culture II doesn’t follow in the footsteps of its chart defining predecessor. The album is painfully long it’s a stretched out, almost two hour compendium of mumble rap and “skrrting.” The few breaks in the album come from its features, but even the impressive list of guest producers, ranging from Pharrell Williams to Kanye West, doesn’t pull enough weight to save the album from its own repetitiveness.

On multiple tracks, repeated lyrics bog down the beats, which are undoubtedly the saving grace of the album. “Walk It Talk It,” the sixth track on the album, is the first collaboration between Drake and Migos since “Versace,” the 2013 chart topper that Drake remixed and rapped over in a move that first made the Atlanta based trio turn heads. Although the song features several rapped verses, all lyricism is drowned out by Quavo’s seemingly endless loops of “Walk it, like I talk it.” Even though it was repetitive catchiness that brought so much attention to songs such as “Hannah Montana” and “Bad and Boujee,” this device is used ad nauseum in Culture II, leaving the track list stale.

Not only would the album benefit from parsing in its choruses, the amount of tracks could easily be cut in half. After so much dope and expensive jewelry and after so many bitches, the album starts to feel like one really long, generic trap song. In the end, the album is heavily supported by its impressive features from the likes of Travis Scott and Cardi B, whose verse on “Motorsport” is one of the strongest moments on the album. Ultimately, it’s not actually Migos that stands out in Culture II.

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This is the group’s third studio album, and it’s still under Coach K’s label, Quality Control an indie label that brought Gucci Mane and Jeezy to fame. Through his guidance, the group continued to make hit after hit about the culture that surrounds trap. Instead of running through what it was like to make trap music in Atlanta something the group has done routinely in the past the lyrics of Culture II talk more about the exorbitant wealth and fame that has come from the group’s insanely successful music career.

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We are pleased to announce that a digital archive presenting materials by and about R. H. Boll is now available.

Robert Henry Boll was one of the most well known evangelists and teachers in Churches of Christ in first half of the twentieth century. In an online survey conducted by Christian Chronicle at the turn of the twenty first century Chronicle readers nominated Boll appointment to the editorial staff of Gospel Advocate in 1909 as an event of its decade. His dismissal from the Advocate nearly five years later also received a similar nomination. He contributed hundreds of articles to their pages. A persistent teacher, he conducted classes in several states. Nowhere, though, did he teach and preach more than at Portland Avenue Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky. His half century of service to a single congregation is among the longest ministerial tenures in the Stone Campbell Movement. There he preached weekly, sometimes taught daily, counseled daily, conducted tent revivals, launched a primary and secondary school, hosted Bible conferences and radio programs, visited the sick, buried the dead and trained another generation of ministers.

Boll was convinced that the neglect of eschatology among Churches of Christ in his day contributed to a lack of devotion and an apathy towards missions. his teaching, writes Hans Rollmann emphasized a premillennialism similar to that of Cyrus I. Scofield and William E. Blackstone, joining to it at the center of his thought a pronounced doctrine of grace and the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Boll interest in eschatology was guided by his effort to restore to the church this vital dimension of early Christian life and thought and maintaining it as motivation for Christian spirituality and foreign missions. His views were met with enthusiasm in some quarters; in others he met vehement opposition. Boll stayed his course, however, and continued to publish, to teach and to preach.

did a Roman Catholic boy from Germany arrive at Nashville Bible School? How did that boy come to the faith that guided the remainder of his life? What was the shape and content of his preaching and teaching ministry ministry the effects of which continue to the present? What did Boll believe and teach that was so controversial? Why was it controversial? What is R. H. Boll lasting legacy to Churches of Christ? These are significant questions about a man whose chief desire was to be a simple Christian. His quest, and the controversy surrounding him, impacted the identity of Churches of Christ in the twentieth century. Now, nearly sixty years after his death, in order to answer these questions at least wrestle with them need resources at hand.

Imagine arriving in Abilene, Texas to conduct your research at the Center for Restoration Studies in Brown Library at Abilene Christian University. You settle in at the reading room and the archivist brings a wide array of books, journal articles, tracts, letters and sermons, plus photographs, biographical and congregational files. Having those items at hand will be just what you need, right?

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Four assistant coaches were arrested. They’ve been identified as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.

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Tuesday night, Pitino released a statement through his lawyer saying the allegations as a complete shock.”

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Her mother, Margaret, felt relieved to receive the gift from Academy Sports.

“It helps out tremendously,” she said. “It kind of nips the bud in the back to school shopping because my son is also here shopping. Sometimes it can be expensive, especially with two kids and one going to middle school. This is a big help.”

Browsing a row of shoes, Adaja Depriest found a pair of white Converse with a red strip near the bottom, a pair of shoes she’s wanted for a long time.

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She also bought three pairs of Nike shorts and a Nike hoodie.

“It means a lot to my family,” said Adaja’s mother, Teresa. “I think it’s a great thing they are doing for the kids and the families because everybody doesn’t have the means to get the things the kids need.”

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As the unit director, he brought in a little education during the shopping process.

“It gives them an opportunity to go back to school and get some things they need and things they want,” Nolen said. “We tie it to finances and have them make good decisions on what they need and what they don’t need.”

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At Duman Lake Park on July 22, families will learn how to canoe and test their skills with a bow and arrow. They will learn about Wood Ducks, construct duck boxes and be treated to a special Native American Indian session that will include Indian relics and dance.

Day two will be held on July 24 at the 1889 Park in St. Michael. Sessions on liquid nitrogen, the solar system and fly tying will give the families some new experiences. Attendees will end the day with a special program featuring different animals that aren normally seen in Cambria County.

Family members can sign up for one day or both. The cost is $2 per person per day.

Registration will close on July 10.

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Boscov holding in July in the Logan Town Centre, Altoona, will host in July, a fundraising event and food drive, throughout July.

The event will help collect non perishable food items to help fill the needs of the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The public is invited to help those in need by dropping off non perishable canned or boxed goods at the Altoona Boscov Courtesy Desk location.

The food drive will continue throughout the month of July. The goal is to make sure that no one goes hungry this holiday season.

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