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BY BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 1, 2011
 Early estimates indicate a virtual tie for the No. 1 position at the weekend box office. With two new releases enjoying equal success, I feel it's appropriate to take a look at both of them. "Cowboys and Aliens" is the third big alien invasion movie of 2011 after "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Super 8. " We've seen aliens defeated by modern soldiers and we've seen them defeated by kids in the 1960s.   To even the playing field, director Jon Favreau sets the film in Arizona in 1873.
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October 14, 2004
Thursday, Oct. 14 10 p.m. on CBS "Without a Trace" With its season premiere on Sept. 23, "Without a Trace" became the first drama to attract more viewers than an original episode of the venerable "ER. " The battle may not be over, but the momentum seems to be with the missing-persons drama starring Anthony LaPaglia and Poppy Montgomery. Tonight, they search for a man who believed that as a child he was abducted by aliens.
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By Jason Myers | December 3, 1997
" Alien: Resurrection " has so many horrific and graphic images that any person entering the theater should be given an inoculation shot prior to viewing it. Of course, the series which spawned this, the fourth installment, has not been cherished for its discretion and resolve. While I did not go back and view the first three movies "to prepare" for "Alien: Resurrection" - sequels rarely have such fluid, linear narratives to requite this - I never will forget how unnerved I have been by each of the uniquely brutal "Alien" movies.
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By BOB GARVER / Special to The Herald-Mail | March 31, 2009
If ever I've seen a movie where the characters are designed to be toys that go with kids' meals at a fast food place, "Monsters vs. Aliens" is the one. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since it means all the characters are interesting, varied and unique. But it also means that the movie is going to spend the entire time trying to "sell" the characters to you. Also, at some point the characters are going to break dance. Kids love break dancing, apparently. The main character is a woman named Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon)
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By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 15, 2011
  If you go into "Battle: Los Angeles" expecting science fiction, you'll be in for a disappointment. Yes, the film's villains are aliens who come to Earth in a spaceship and have an arsenal of robotic weapons, but the movie isn't about them. The movie is about a group of Marines who fight an unprecedented enemy. The aliens are basically faceless villains. Come to think of it, I don't think the aliens even have faces. They are literally faceless villains.   The film begins a few hours before the invasion.
NEWS
April 2, 2009
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND HAGERSTOWN CINEMA 10 20135 Leitersburg Pike301-797-6454 Adventureland -- Fri./Sat. - 12:45, 3:05, 6:45, 9:05 p.m.; Sun. - 12:45, 3:05, 6:45 p.m. Duplicity -- Fri./Sat. - 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 p.m.; Sun. - 1:10, 3:50, 6:50 p.m. Fast and Furious -- Fri./Sat. - 1, 3:30, 7:05, 9:30 p.m.; Sun. - 1, 3:30, 7:05 p.m. The Haunting in Connecticut -- Fri./Sat.
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By BOB GAVER | March 17, 2009
"Race to Witch Mountain" What is it with movie aliens these days? The ones who speak English always speak really sophisticated English. They've mastered a language that's completely new to them, but they don't understand that we want them to say "Drive the car fast" instead of "Maximize the velocity of the transportation unit. " They're starting out at the wrong end of the spectrum. I miss the good old days of "E.T. Phone Home. " Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb play sophisticated aliens in "Race to Witch Mountain.
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July 5, 2005
'War' doesn't help the ego by STEVEN YOUNKINS The basement of an abandoned farmhouse offers two men a momentary glimmer of safety. "This isn't a war any more than it is a war between men and maggots," one says while slaughter ensues above their heads. "This is an extermination. " Director Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" is perhaps the hardest kick in the stomach that the human superiority complex might ever get. Set in present-day New England and starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, this sure ain't your grandmother's "War of the Worlds.
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October 22, 2011
A 26-year-old Mexican citizen was sentenced Thursday to serve a year and a day in federal prison for possessing a firearm as an unlawful alien in the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. After serving the prison sentence, Gilberto Alvarez-Cervantes, who has been residing in Kearneysville, W.Va., will be placed on two years of supervised release, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II's office. Alvarez-Cervantes pleaded guilty in May to one count of an indictment charging him with being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm, which was a sawed-off shotgun, on July 29, 2010, in Jefferson County, W.Va., the release said.
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BY BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 1, 2011
 Early estimates indicate a virtual tie for the No. 1 position at the weekend box office. With two new releases enjoying equal success, I feel it's appropriate to take a look at both of them. "Cowboys and Aliens" is the third big alien invasion movie of 2011 after "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Super 8. " We've seen aliens defeated by modern soldiers and we've seen them defeated by kids in the 1960s.   To even the playing field, director Jon Favreau sets the film in Arizona in 1873.
OPINION
June 16, 2011
“Hagerstown caller, you claim ‘the Democrats care about the working man.’ Sure, that’s why Obama and the Democrat Congress gave trillions of working people’s tax dollars in bailouts, stimulus, special tax cuts, etc., to greedy, incompetent Wall Street fat cats, banks and bankers, and tax-cheating corporations, and destroyed tens of thousands of working men’s jobs with their fossil-fuel-hating energy policies, and increased the federal limousine...
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By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 13, 2011
Many early reviews have likened "Super 8" to "E.T.," Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic from 1982. I suppose the comparison is inevitable. Both films star children, both films feature aliens, and Steven Spielberg is an executive producer of "Super 8. "   I feel the film has more in common with "Battle: Los Angeles," the alien invasion bomb from earlier this year. Both films were marketed with cryptic teaser trailers, the aliens in both films are devoid of any personality, and I'm not about to waste my time on either film again.
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By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 15, 2011
  If you go into "Battle: Los Angeles" expecting science fiction, you'll be in for a disappointment. Yes, the film's villains are aliens who come to Earth in a spaceship and have an arsenal of robotic weapons, but the movie isn't about them. The movie is about a group of Marines who fight an unprecedented enemy. The aliens are basically faceless villains. Come to think of it, I don't think the aliens even have faces. They are literally faceless villains.   The film begins a few hours before the invasion.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 8, 2010
In his first run for public office, Congress candidate Dennis Janda said, "I want to bring representation back to the district. I feel alienated and everyone else feels alienated. " Janda, 61, of Frederick, is one of five Republicans running for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress. The incumbent, Roscoe G. Bartlett, is seeking a 10th two-year term. The primary is Tuesday. The winner will face one of two Democrats -- Andrew Duck or J. Casey Clark -- in the Nov. 2 general election.
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August 13, 2009
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND HAGERSTOWN CINEMA 10 20135 Leitersburg Pike301-797-6454 HAGERSTOWN CINEMA 10 20135 Leitersburg Pike301-797-6454 Aliens in the Attic (PG) - Fri./Sat./Sun. - 1:05, 3:05, 5:05 p.m. District 9 (R) - Fri./Sat./Sun. - 12:45, 3:15, 6:50, 9:30 p.m. Funny People (R) - Fri./Sat./Sun. - 12:45, 3:35, 6:30, 9:20 p.m. G-Force (PG)
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