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‘Grabbers’

A small fishing community off the Irish coast is the scene for an alien invasion of giant, bloodsucking space squids in this throwback to those creature features of the 1950s.This flick announces its intentions with authority via the opening. A fishing boat spots a meteor falling to earth. They are almost immediately set upon by an off-screen beast that appears to have many tentacles. The boat, suffice to say, doesn’t make it back home.

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Preschool Easter lessons

There are so many things I can’t tell my preschoolers at church.We have had lots of tears lately when I’ve mentioned “blood.” (We just finished Moses and the plagues.) I wasn’t being gory, but they were scared at the very word!We are preparing for lessons about Jesus’ death and resurrection. They will learn it all when they are older, but for now, there are things I can’t tell them.My “littles” know that Je...

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Rental Central

A few gems hit the rental shelves this week, but beware of the stinkers that will be sitting right next to them with colorful packaging.“Philomena” — This little seen comedy/drama deserves some attention. The story finds a jaded political reporter getting downsized and stooping to writing a human interest story. His subject is a woman with a touching story about giving up her child for adoption 50 years earlier. He helps her seek her grown offspri...

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The smell of Easter

Years ago, when my kids were younger, they always got Easter baskets. They weren’t life-changing, but a lot of fun. My husband and I always made sure we got the candy we liked, too, just in case our son and daughter didn’t eat it.Just like at Christmas, it was hard to buy treats and keep them hidden with kids around.One year, my husband made a dash to Food City for a few things. He picked up milk and bread and while he was there he purchased goodies for the k...

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‘Scarecrow’

“The Breakfast Club” gets into a mashup with “The Children of the Corn,” when the titular creature goes after a group of high school kids serving out a detention in this horror effort from the SyFy Channel.

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Rental Central

A quartet of highly entertaining releases offered plenty of variety to renters this week.

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‘And God Said to Cain’

Horror movies get blended with Spaghetti Westerns in this revenge tale from Europe’s boot.The film begins with convicted thief, Gary Hamilton, working a rock pile in the scorching desert sun. A rattlesnake turns up and almost puts the bite on him, but this guy is cool as ice and dispatches the serpent by mashing its head to a pulp with his county-issued pickaxe. Good thing, too, as he is promptly released by a judicial order thanking him for his prior military service. Too ba...

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Rental Central

Two big theatrical releases shared shelf space with a pair of European crime dramas and offered quality entertainment for renters this week.“47 Ronin” — Big dumb action movies are even better when they have multiple influences, like this effort from last summer. The film balances swordplay, epic battles and sorcery. The film plays like a Kinji Fukasaku epic filtered through an installment of “The Matrix.” Keanu Reeves ...

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Everybody needs some-BUNNY

The UPS guy had been coming to the office almost every day for weeks. When I asked his name one day he was startled. (That usually means something’s wrong.) With big eyes, he asked why I wanted to know. “I would like to be able to say ‘Hello!’ and call you by name,” I said. He told me and left bewildered.Every day after that I called the guy in brown by name. He laughed every time.

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The fire, the snake and the blood

Some Bible stories are super easy to teach. Like Baby Jesus being born … there’s a stable, animals, shepherds and sheep. It’s exciting and surprising. Kids love it! And the stories of when Jesus healed people, and that He loves the little children … easy stuff.Some stories are not so easy to teach because I’m afraid of what the kids will try at home.

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‘Exorcist III’

In 1973, William Friedkin stunned audiences with his adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s popular novel, “The Exorcist.” It was a major achievement that put horror back on the map and dragged it out of the drive-ins and into the hands of major studios. The big wigs knew they had a winner.Sequels were green-lit (four so far) and each one was second-guessed by the bone-headed studio executives who took control of the films, ordered changes, and proc...

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Rental Central

A mixed bag this week saw a more morality on display in a horror movie than any of the other releases.

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