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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ has punch but gets winded in finale

Any good sequel should allow a storyline come full circle, but like a pair of pants attempting to cover a gargantuan gut, “Kung Fu Panda 3” doesn’t quite get there.

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Craig Concert Association features Alaska family act Saturday

Alaska String Band will perform “A Southeast Alaskan Odyssey” Saturday night in the Moffat County High School auditorium. The group is composed of the Zahasky family, parents Paul and Melissa and children Laura, Abigail and Quinn, all using a wide variety of instruments in genres including swing, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, gospel and more.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

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Denver Film Critics name 2015 award winners

This week, Denver Film Critics Society named its annual award winners for the cinematic entries of 2015.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Big Short’ offers decent returns on investment

Society tends to take for granted the idea that the people in charge of the economy know what they’re doing and have the world’s best interests at heart. You don’t need a movie like “The Big Short” to tell you that’s not exactly the truth, but sometimes a point can’t be made enough times.

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The Bock’s Office: Lots to love about ‘The Hateful Eight’

Long stints of intensive conversation, bloodshed that’s a little too stylish to be realistic, music from movies that have little to do with the subject matter onscreen — if you didn’t already know who made “The Hateful Eight,” you could probably hazard a guess based on these traits.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Force Awakens’ and so does ‘Star Wars’ mania

There are lots of exciting stories that could be started with just 10 words, but when you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” on the screen, it’s go time for any age. And so the journey begins again with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Heart of the Sea’ — Call me impressed

One of the greats of American literature has already been captured and mimicked on film enough times that to try it again would be like taking on a beast of the briny deep in nothing but a dinghy. Still, “In the Heart of the Sea” shows us there’s more than one way to attack a huge project.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ — Is Pixar’s creativity extinct?

If you want to see a human interact with species that were gone ages ago, just check out… No, wait, “Ice Age” already did that. Well, if you want a movie about a father-son relationship… Whoops, “Finding Nemo.” Still, if you want to see Pixar and Disney create some cool prehistoric characters… Oh, yeah, “Toy Story.” And “Fantasia.” And “Dinosaur.” Remind me, why did we need “The Good Dinosaur?”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is surprisingly weak

It would be a cinematic sin to reveal too much about any mystery-themed movie. However, as “Secret in Their Eyes” shows, there are worse things than spoilers.

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The Bock’s Office: Final ‘Hunger Games’ nails it

In any fantasy or science fiction series, there are bound to be weak portions in the unfolding of a lengthy story. Fortunately, unlike the movie that preceded it, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is right on target.

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Museum to showcase Moffat County artists, photographers

Moffat County’s colorful past is rivaled perhaps only by its colorful present, captured and depicted in diverse styles by local artists featured in the Museum of Northwest Colorado’s Best of Moffat Country in Art and Photography show set to open Thursday.

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The Bock’s Office: Good grief — ‘Peanuts’ revamp is great!

At this point, we’re not unfamiliar with a world where a doghouse doubles as a Sopwith Camel, all adults sound like a trombone solo and no one questions why a child is almost completely bald. Still, a return to one of the most beloved series of the last 60 years feels like visiting old friends and finding a new reason to love them in “The Peanuts Movie.”

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CNCC President snags merlot painting to honor, support college

Local artist Israel Holloway is respected nationwide for his finely detailed and strikingly realistic watercolor paintings about the West, but only once has he ever replaced his watercolors with wine.

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Decades of Dance a fun night for all ages in Craig

Senior Social Center event sees sizable turnout in 2nd year

Music filled the air and feet filled the dance floor Saturday night at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. But, the partygoers weren’t just dancing — by purchasing tickets to the Senior Social Center’s Decade of Dance, attendees were helping fund a valuable resource for Craig’s senior citizens.

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