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Dracula ? from villain to hero

...stature has been inevitable. In this latest incarnation of the legend, this week's "Dracula Untold," Universal has upped the ante, going from a villain with some positive characteristics to full-on hero mode. Tragic hero, sure, but hero nonetheless...
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Unhinged Alaska: DISH doldrums

...sitting on a down pillow.Anyway, things went back to being cool until all hell broke loose when the opposing factions upped the ante and the local FOX channel was thrown into the dispute Dumpster.Not cool. We're talking the loss of NFL playoff games, regular...
Reeling it in: 'Fury' a grim but effective war film

...other and it was hell. This week's "Fury," brought to us by David Ayer, better known for gritty police thrillers, ups the ante on the grim and bloody, but still manages to make an effective, entertaining look at the final days of the war through the...
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Rich Lowry: #HillaryAccomplishments

...counterterrorism apparatus. Who knew that the most effective way to fight terrorists is to ignore them as they steadily up the ante of their violence, as Boko Haram has through the years?Former Bush-administration Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell said...
Movie review: Still fast, still furious this movie has to be seen to be believed, and this ups the ante with some of the best hand to hand fights I've seen all year...and the surprise reveal during the credits promises to up the ante. I'm confidant, however, that Dom and his super team of...
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Time to stand up against corporate interests

...the ballot proposition in order to save the billions they were just given by our governor and legislature. They will up the ante. Perhaps steak and beer at the next event? Eventually champagne and caviar? Thanks to their friends in our legislature, multinational...

...but because of partnerships with local farmers it spends only $175,000 for it.Now the Sacramento Food Bank is upping the ante as Young and his crew set out to create one of the nation's first farm-to-fork food banks by using 100 percent local growers...
Movie review: 'Lone Ranger' a little odd and flawed, but still fun

...What begins as typical action movie suspension of disbelief rapidly becomes a Wile E. Coyote adventure in an attempt to up the ante on adventure.Director Gore Verbinski, the man who also brought us the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, is...
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Movie review: An exciting return to Middle Earth

...Especially since I was enjoying it rather than enduring it. "Smaug" is better than "Unexpected Journey" because it ups the ante on interesting characters, and keeps the pace at a brisker clip. The dragon Smaug, for instance, is a great character, and...
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Melodramatic meant to be fun: Will the world end on the winter solstice of 2012? the mix. The worst play it for laughs, too self-aware of the inherent silliness of the plot, and often want to up the ante by throwing in a serial killer or the like. "2012," this week's end-of-the-world epic, isn't the best I've ever...


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