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‘LEGO Brickumentary’ documents the building of an empire, brick by brick

If there’s one idea that “A LEGO Brickumentary” wants to express, it’s that those little plastic bricks aren’t just child’s play. The documentary about everyone’s favorite construction block toy seeks to educate audiences about the limitless possibilities contained within the very simple design. Just add imagination and see what happens. Directed by documentary vets Keif Davidson and Daniel Junge, with narration by Jason Bateman, “A LEGO Brickumentary” opens up the world of LEGO, along with the people and mini-figurines that populate it.

Movie review — ‘Mission: Impossible’ is a thrill ride, thanks to Cruise

One of the many talents of Tom Cruise is the ability to elevate a ho-hum movie format into a goodie box of creative surprises. To me, that’s a skill that even tops doing his own stunts. Cruise has sometimes been a cocky 7 out of 10 as a performer, but as a movie-developing producer he’s dependably a 9.5. His “Mission: Impossible” series has transformed traditional action espionage into high-concept team stories with a crew of clever protagonists, snappy dialogue and gravity-defying stunts.

Kaitlyn spoiled ‘The Bachelorette’ finale results weeks ago

On the season finale of “The Bachelorette” Monday night, 29-year-old dancer Kaitlyn Bristowe accepted a marriage proposal from 28-year-old personal trainer Shawn Booth, naming him the winner of the season. Minutes earlier, she dumped the runner-up, 34-year-old software sales executive Nick Viall, who angrily left in a limo ride of shame.

Summer TV: How every new show is made up of old shows

Every summer, with the sunshine beckoning outside, our TV has to try a little harder to win our attention. That’s probably why this summer’s new shows sound a lot like shows we already like, mashed together in surprising ways. We did the math to find the inspiration for these summer hopefuls. See if any of these new shows are worth skipping some pool time for.
 

In the heat of summer, think of fall

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall — vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it’s time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall crops, to be transplanted later.

Ken Burns delves into a dynasty

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen.