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Tales from the Video Vault: ‘The Twelve Chairs’

Universal Pictures, 1970. Starring: Frank Langella, Ron Moody, Dom Deluise, Mel Brooks. Directed by: Mel Brooks. The plot: It’s the 1920s in the new U.S.S.R., and Ippolit Vorobyaninov (Moody), a former Czarist aristocrat, is now a penniless office worker. On her death bed, his mother-in-law reveals that she hid a fortune in family jewels in…

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‘Closely Watched Trains’

Ceskoslovensky Film, 1967. Starring: Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr, Jitka Bendova, and Vladimir Valenta. Directed by: Jiri Menzel. The plot: Young Milos (Neckar), who comes from a long line of men who avoid actual work, is thrilled to be hired as a station guard in a small town during World War II. Czechoslovakia is under German…

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’

Only in a Muppet movie is it perfectly natural for “The End” to be splayed across the screen at the very start. “Muppets Most Wanted,” the sequel to 2011’s “The Muppets,” takes advantage of the renewed popularity of Jim Henson’s madcap creations by starting the film at the literal end of the last film. Such…

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Durham dilemma: The challenge of building business downtown

When Doug Palardy opened Jenkins Quality Goods in Durham in August 2012, he thought the store, which sold contemporary clothes and accessories for men and women, would find an audience with University of New Hampshire students. But it wasn’t long before Palardy learned the difficult economic lessons that come with running a business in a…