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People with pets

Movies | Dogs bring people together in Dog Days
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 8/16/18, 10:14 am

Do we love our pets more than we love people? Are canines and felines more important to 21st-century North Americans than fellow humans, created in God’s image? The previews for Dog Days had me worried that this would be yet another movie where dogs and cats are portrayed as so much worthier than their masters.

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Comedy Dynamics

Long-winded comedy

Television | Jim Gaffigan is funny, but Noble Ape meanders
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/18/18, 04:20 pm

Jim Gaffigan has been married 15 years and has five kids: not the typical profile for a popular comedian. His wife, Jeannie, recently survived a brain tumor. Gaffigan drew on their medical experiences for his new special, Noble Ape, available on cable and streaming services.

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Violence on the prairie

Television | Corruption dominates in Paramount's Yellowstone
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/05/18, 10:28 am

Violence and death follow rancher John Dutton (Kevin Costner) everywhere he goes in Paramount’s new TV series, Yellowstone. From episode 1’s opening scene, in which Dutton shoots a horse injured by a bullying land developer’s truck, to his order to get rid of a witness whose testimony could harm his son, killing and mayhem abound. 

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