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Jason Mraz sings about the heady pleasures of romance

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MRAZ. New musings on love, faith and healing.

The rhymes and perky alliterations in Jason Mraz’s first acoustic set, “Yes!,” aren’t as tonally fanciful and lyrically flamboyant as those in, say, “Wordplay,” “Clockwatching” and “I Won’t Give Up,” in which he rhetorically asks his loved one, “How old is your soul?” But, like the record-smashing “I’m Yours” and his Grammy-winning duet with Colbie Caillat, “Lucky,” the radio-ready cuts of his fifth studio album brim with optimistic vigor.

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Twisted sci-fi thrillers get under viewers’ skin

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JOHANSSON AND THWAITES. Are humans any less dangerous than the monstrous creatures they fear?

The latest starrers of Scarlett Johansson and Brenton Thwaites aren’t just guaranteed to get under discerning viewers’ skin, they also prove why the 29-year-old actress and the hot-to-trot Australian heartthrob are among Tinseltown’s most exciting stars these days. Their bodies of work cleverly juggle commercial appeal with roles that boost their stock as serious actors.

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‘Flashy’ reboot for the Scarlet Speedster

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The 1990 TV adaptation of “The Flash” had a hard time finding a stable audience because that superhero show shared the same time slot with formidable rivals, “The Cosby Show” and “The Simpsons,” which were then on top of the ratings game.

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Sia Furler seizes the spotlight

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SIA. Feels trapped in the delicate contradictions of pop-music stardom.

Sia Furler feels trapped in the delicate contradictions of pop-music stardom. The evocative voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium”—who also happens to be the multifaceted songwriter behind Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Britney Spears’ “Perfume” and Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts”—wants her music heard, but isn’t interested in the popularity that inevitably comes with it.

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Better than the sum of its parts

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BERNARDO AND PADILLA. Evince growth in “She’s Dating The Gangster

The latest screen pairing of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, “She’s Dating The Gangster,” is weighed down by a shrill and too-eager-to-please beginning, but grows on you as it slowly finds its footing. The story that plays out onscreen is far from seamless, but the movie’s inspired sections make it greater than the sum of its disjointed parts.

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