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New on DVD Aug. 22

“Little Boy”: 2 stars. The film is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster’s heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from World War II, it would have been a touching tale.

TV on DVD: ‘The Royals,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

THE ROYALS: Sex, drugs and scandal vex (fictional) modern U.K. monarchy in E!’s delish new soap hit. Elizabeth Hurley steals scenes as the scheming queen-on-wheels, with Vincent Regan the king who’s had enough, William Moseley and Alexandra Park their tabloid-bait heirs. Plus: Joan Collins! (Season 2 starts in November.)

2015 cherry harvest third largest in 20 years

YAKIMA — Northwest cherry growers ended up harvesting 20.25 million boxes of cherries, just 2 percent more than what they predicted in May, according to a news release from the Northwest Cherry Growers association, which represents orchardists in five Northwest states.
 

‘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.