Entertainment

This was the year of a lot of worsts, some pretty goods and a spare few bests in the bunch. In fact, the entire summer of 2014 may go down as one of the overall worst years for movies in quite some time. A slew of superheroes dominated screens and numbed audiences. One of the later entries, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” literally saved the day — and the season.

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New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past 12 months and to celebrate all the new opportunities and possibilities of the future. Traditionally, a Champagne toast is given when the clock strikes midnight, but before you top off your glass, do you know which type is best for your party and tastiest for your guest?

Basics of Bubbly

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Baked potato skins, sugared cranberries and individual seven-layer dip

Finger foods and delicious drinks are a perfect way to get through the holiday party season between large feasts. Whether entertaining several people on Christmas Eve or looking to find something to nibble on (besides leftovers) a few days after Santa’s visit, these easy appetizers make any table beautiful, and keep every tummy full.

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Bag of Donuts

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve? Concerts? Casino? Stay at home and watch the ball drop? Well, you have plenty of options.

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‘Top Five’

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris Rock

Rated: R

 

From a comedian who has tried writing and directing a couple of times before (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), this is Chris Rock’s best effort yet. The keen observations of pop culture that fuel his comedy are used here to craft a wickedly funny movie that has a surprising undercurrent of pathos to it.

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