Entertainment

Last Friday night I was intrigued to observe a dozen 9 and 10 year old boys and girls sort through a massive collection of video games and cooperatively decide to play just one – Wii Sports Resort. This game has been in our covey of CDs for several years, and it’s one of my 10-year-olds favorites. Actually, it’s one of my favorites, too, but oddly, I’ve never reviewed it. Perhaps it’s just so familiar to me that I assumed it is to everyone else, as well.

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While my little man, age 10, has mastered the portal of power and plays Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a fantasy video game that combines video playing with physical characters through a synced portal, (reviewed Oct. 27), kids a few years older are discovering another out-of-this-world “sky” game – Skyrim.

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The inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one that should have been told long before now. The only major treatment it has received was an HBO movie in 1995 called “The Tuskegee Airmen,” that was until George Lucas, the creator of the “Star Wars” series, decided to take it up as a personal cause.

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‘The Iron Lady’

Starring: Meryl Streep,

Jim Broadbent

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Rated: PG-13

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a few hours into the popular Moulin Rouge, patterned after the 2001 jukebox musical film directed, produced and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. This one-of-a-kind gala, black-tie event benefits the Baptist Cancer Center of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. The La Soiree committee is busy putting all of the finishing touches on the event planned for Jan. 28, and it’s sure to be a fashionable and fun happening.

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Believe it or not, by now most of us who made new year’s resolutions to exercise and eat right are already falling off the wagon. To pull you back on the wagon – actually, to knock you in the head – there’s Wipeout, an obstacle course game for the whole family.

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NEW THIS WEEK

17-year-old girl hides her sexuality from her parents in this strong, beautifully acted independent film

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A heartfelt honor … Randy Lombardo and Karen and Bob Wortham are the 2012 American Heart Association J.C. Crager Award recipients. This year the organization will celebrate the award’s 30th anniversary. The time-honored funder with this year’s theme “From Paris with Love,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont Plaza.

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This feature based on John Le Carre’s best-selling 1974 novel puts the chill back into the Cold War, a period of world history worth revisiting if only to put current global politics into perspective. It’s also worth a trip to the cinema to see Gary Oldman in one of the best roles he’s ever enjoyed as George Smiley, the wily MI6 operative who must ferret out the double agent on the British payroll.

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The fun and frivolity of holiday festivities has ended. Kids are back in school, seriously counting the down the days to the last big hiatus before summer – spring break.

Help them stay in serious mode with games that combine fun with education. Look no further than your Wii for games that are not just good for them but engaging, easy for you to access and cost effective.

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