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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Ex Rangers manager Washington apologizes for 'breaking wife's trust'

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he is embarrassed for 'breaking his wife's trust.'

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past': What's the verdict?

Behold the massive cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The movie is based on a classic "X-Men'"storyline from the comic books. Because of the time travel element, it gathers characters from all of the previous "X-Men" movies.
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Lisa Respers France

CNN

(CNN) -- "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has stars aplenty, but does it have what it takes to make it a summer blockbuster?

The reviews are in for the film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and others -- and not everyone agrees on the latest installment of the "X-Men" series, a sequel to 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and 2011's" X-Men: First Class." The plot revolves around the group sending Wolverine (played by Jackman) into the past to try to change a calamitous future.

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers writes, "Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right.

"OK, maybe 'Days of Future Past' is merely a stopgap between 'First Class' and the upcoming 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' " Travers continues. "But it's also a movie that uses action to define character and has the skills to make you care about outcasts in a society that hews spinelessly to the norm. A rousing epic of mind and heart in a summer of craven formula."

A.O. Scott of the New York Times writes, "In the case of 'Days of Future Past,' the plot is as overelaborate and muddled as some of the effects.

"The logic of the story -- a time-travel pretzel that strains after the brain-teasing power of an old "Star Trek" episode -- requires too many variables," according to Scott. "The frantic crosscutting of the culminating battles, which take place simultaneously and also a half-century apart, requires too much thought on the part of the audience because it has received too little on the part of the filmmakers."

Chris Nashawaty of EW also references "the pretzel-logic pop fantasia" but takes a more positive view.

"I know all of this sounds like a tangled thicket of cosmically Big Ideas," Nashawaty writes. "But Simon Kinberg's marvelous script makes it all move with a Swiss jeweler's precision and hum with internal logic. It's complex without being confusing."

The Washington Post's Michael O'Sullivan cautions fans to not expect some questions from past films to be answered (like how is Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier still alive, anyway?). But, he says, " 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is, in itself, as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It's what summer movies are meant to be."

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