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State of the Arts: Film Review: ‘Django Unchained’ violently long

Quentin Tarantino makes violent movies. Violence is perhaps the most basic characteristic that all of his films have in common, so moviegoers with uneasy stomachs need not apply. The violence is still ...

FAFSA filing events coming up at both Lynden and Ferndale high schools

LYNDEN — Student aid applications can be a daunting process for students preparing for college. On Thursday, Jan. 17, local students will have the chance to get some help with their Free Application ...
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State of the Arts: 2-4-6-0-Awesome describes ‘Les Miz’

Hollywood loves adaptations, so much so that there’s an entire separate Oscar category for adapted screenplays. The habit stinks of laziness, as though Tinseltown doesn’t have enough original ideas ...

Carbon monoxide alarms now required in most residences, even old homes

WHATCOM — A new law went into effect on Tuesday requiring that carbon monoxide (CO) alarm devices be installed in nearly all buildings classified as residential occupancies. This includes single-family ...
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State of the Arts: Hopkins, Mirren shine in ‘Hitchcock’ lead roles

The influence of Alfred Hitchcock on the history of cinema is undeniable. The man was a master of multiple genres, and, in many ways, he shaped them into how we see them today. The master’s classic horror ...
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Local schools react to Newtown tragedy

LYNDEN — The nation was hit with a harrowing and unfathomable tragedy on Friday when 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into a Connecticut elementary school and gunned down 26 people, 20 of whom were young ...
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State of the Arts: The Hobbit: Overlong and overstuffed

LYNDEN — I’ve been a rather vocal critic of Peter Jackson’s decision to split his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” into three movies rather than the originally planned two-parter. ...
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Turning Tolo into meaning

LYNDEN — Lynden High School students Asli Neal and Victor Gutierrez-Ho were having lunch together one day not too long ago in the LHS cafeteria, chatting about dances. “Victor has a lunch with me, ...
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At long last, Bellingham’s new theater

BELLINGHAM — Ever since my dad took my brother and me to the Langley (B.C.) Colossus theater to see Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men” back in 2000, I have longed for a new movie theater in Bellingham. ...
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Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ breaks my mind instead

BELLINGHAM — I am not in the target market for the Twilight Saga. That’s an important fact to consider when reading my review of the film. I’m a 26-year-old male who loves going to the movies but ...