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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.

State gets positive report on education

OLYMPIA — State attorneys on Monday urged the Supreme Court to dissolve a contempt order against the Legislature, arguing lawmakers are on pace to ensure the state fully funds basic education for public school students by a 2018 deadline.

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.
 

Early learning centers start expulsion in pre-K

For most adults, the idea of preschool is characterized mainly by Tonka trucks and sing-alongs. But the pre-kindergarten years can present a thicket of dilemmas for teachers facing difficult children. What to do, for example, with an aggressive 4-year-old who screams, cries and hits other kids?

Transportation tax bill passes after delays in House and Senate

OLYMPIA — A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase hit a roadblock early Wednesday morning. After being parked for much of Tuesday in the House, it was sent on a detour to the Senate for final approval where it got stuck for hours in an dispute between majority Republicans and minority Democrats.