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There are scares aplenty in the titles leaving Netflix in the United States at the end of the month, with two contemporary horror favorites and one absolute classic departing the service. We can also recommend a handful of first-rate thrillers, one of the most quotable comedies of the 21st century and a Kevin Costner Western that’s neither “Dances With Wolves” or “Yellowstone.” (Dates reflect the final day a title is available.)

When this modestly-scaled haunted house movie hit theaters in summer of 2013, few could have imagined that it would not only become so profitable — returning $319 million worldwide on a $200 million budget — but also spawn a multi-movie “universe” of eight films and counting. But that was all to come; the pleasures of this initial entry are simple, rooted in the authenticity of its ’70s setting, the grounded performances by Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor and the confident direction from James Wan (particularly his execution of one of the single best jump-scares in recent memory).

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M. Night Shyamalan’s career was in rough shape by the mid-2010s after a series of big-budget, high-profile, major studio flops. So he performed a miraculous reinvention, stripping his style down to its bare bones and teaming up with the genre producer Jason Blum to make this low-budget yet frighteningly effective chiller. Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould star as teenage siblings who head to their long-estranged grandparents’ house for an extended visit and find much of what happens there … disturbing. Shyamalan deftly mixes elements of comedy, horror and found footage into a darkly entertaining package, and in the process, he reminded audiences of his considerable gifts.

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Clint Eastwood made a rare late-career acting-only appearance in this first-rate thriller from the director Wolfgang Petersen. Eastwood stars as the Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, one of the agents working in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. That connection catches the attention of a potential assassin (John Malkovich), who baits Horrigan into a game of cat and mouse by threatening to repeat history on his watch. Malkovich was nominated for an Academy Award for his chilling turn as the ruthlessly intelligent killer, but Eastwood’s performance is the real deal; the taciturn actor finds striking notes of vulnerability and melancholy for his guilt-ridden character.

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Will Ferrell’s breakthrough vehicle was one of the most culturally inescapable comedies of the 2000s, endlessly quoted and memed, and for good reason: It’s a screamingly funny comedy, taking an absurd concept (the 1970s-set story of a local “Action News” anchor) to its absolute limit, thanks to a spot-on turn from Ferrell as a dopey blowhard, great supporting work from the likes of Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Fred Willard, and Christina Applegate’s perfectly modulated turn as his foil turned love interest. But it was also the feature directorial debut of the future Oscar winner Adam McKay, who was already using broad comedy as cover to smuggle in headier themes (this time, of gender roles, toxic masculinity and media ineptitude).

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Few megastars have mounted as many comebacks as Sylvester Stallone (one of the many parallels between the actor-filmmaker and his most famous creation, Rocky Balboa). He was rebounding from an ill-advised attempt at comedy — remember “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot”? — when he fronted this white-knuckle thriller in 1993. The boilerplate script (which Stallone co-wrote) amounts to “Die Hard” on a Mountain, with Stallone as the rugged but desperate hero, John Lithgow as the elegant terrorist villain and the Rocky Mountains as the locale. But Stallone and Lithgow fill their roles nicely, and the director Renny Harlin (previously of, by no coincidence, “Die Hard 2”) orchestrates the mayhem with panache.

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Christopher Nolan capped his Batman trilogy — and followed up “The Dark Knight,” one of history’s most commercially and critically successful comic book films — with this 2012 action epic. It’s neither as thrilling as “The Dark Knight” nor as narratively efficient as the earlier “Batman Begins,” and it borders on bloated at nearly three hours. But there’s something boldly operatic to its ambition, to how Nolan folds in new villains, post-Occupy politics and a decidedly unheroic tone of borderline nihilism. Tom Hardy’s Bane is a true terror, and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is a gem of complex sensuality.

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It speaks to the high quality of the entire series that no clear consensus seems to exist on the best film of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. But there’s a strong case to be made for this, the fourth entry, which was the live-action directorial debut of the Pixar alum Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”). Tom Cruise returns as Agent Ethan Hunt, this time drawn into the complex, globe-trotting pursuit of a nuclear terrorist who frames Hunt and his team for a bombing at the Kremlin. Simon Pegg, back from Part 3, offers welcome comic relief, the new additions Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton add considerable spice, and two of the set pieces — the aforementioned Kremlin sequence and Cruise’s gripping climb of the Burj Khalifa — are among the franchise’s best. (The series’s first and second installments also leave Netflix at the end of the month.)

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Wes Craven went from a genre journeyman to a horror icon — and launched one of the most venerable slasher franchises ever — with this 1984 creeper. Craven wrote and directed this story of suburban teens that find their dreams haunted — often with deadly, real-life results — by the neighborhood boogieman, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Heather Langenkamp is the resourceful protagonist, while Johnny Depp, in his film debut, is one of the more memorable victims. Subsequent sequels would highlight Krueger with greater prominence but diminishing returns, effectively turning the films into horror-comedies. But this inaugural entry is a lean, mean, scare machine, filled with terrifying images and well-crafted suspense.

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Twenty-five years later, Depp was at the height of his career, starring as the Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in this crime epic from the director Michael Mann (“Heat”). Mann also co-wrote the script for this fact-based tale, which tells the parallel stories of Dillinger and Melvin Purvis, the F.B.I. agent using all of the tools of the agency to track him down. Mann’s use of contemporary digital photography was controversial at the time, but it is an inspired choice, giving the picture a contemporary sheen that keeps it from feeling like dusty, unapproachable history.

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Some good movies just suffer from rotten timing. That was certainly the case with this 1994 western epic, which re-teamed the writer and director Lawrence Kasdan with his “Silverado” star Kevin Costner. Unfortunately, their film hit theaters six months after “Tombstone,” which also told the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the OK Corral. But the two films tell the same story in a very different way: “Tombstone” is a brisk, contemporary interpretation, emphasizing action and thrills (it shared a director with “Rambo”), while “Earp” is an old-fashioned, character-driven western in the style of John Ford (who made his own Earp film, the classic “My Darling Clementine,” in 1946). But time has been kind to Kasdan’s take, and the popularity of western TV dramas like Costner’s “Yellowstone” make “Wyatt Earp” ripe for rediscovery.

Stream it here.

“Taxi Driver” (Aug. 25), “Wind River” (Aug. 27), “The Departed,” “Goodfellas,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Rise of the Guardians,”“Starship Troopers,” ‘Titanic” (all Aug. 31).

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“The Music Man” is leaving Broadway: Last-minute tickets to see Hugh Jackman

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Just like Harold Hill, “The Music Man” will be skipping town soon.

After opening in February 2022, the Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster starrer is set to close its 11-month run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Jan. 15, 2023.

That means just a few more chances to see Jackman’s con man Harold Hill manipulate small-town city folk like Foster’s kind-hearted Marian Paroo into buying band uniforms and instruments before fleeing for his next job.

“I love everything about the show,” Jackman said. “The audiences have been incredible and I’m going to be sad (when it’s over.)”

Luckily, tickets are still available for all remaining performances and you won’t have “trouble” finding them.

In fact, savvy searchers can snag seats for as low as $89 before fees on Vivid Seats.

So, if you want to catch the show that’s right for you, follow our lead.

All prices were found at the time of publication and are subject to fluctuation.

“The Music Man” schedule

Due to overwhelming demand, “The Music Man” recently extended their run two weeks from a Jan. 1 close to Jan. 15.

Up until then, shows will run from Tuesday through Sunday eight times a week.

Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays begin at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

A complete calendar of all upcoming shows including dates, start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.

“The Music Man” runs 2 hours and 45 minutes with a single intermission.

Vivid Seats is a verified secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand. 

They offer a 100% buyer guarantee that states your transaction will be safe and secure and your tickets will be delivered prior to the event.

“The Music Man” cast

Hugh Jackman, who you may also know from his role as Wolverine in a little franchise called “X Men,” leads a cast full of Broadway, stage and screen veterans.

Here’s everything to know about his castmates.

Sutton Foster (Marian Paroo) is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress for her roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” TV fans may recognize Foster from her star turn in TV Land’s “Younger” alongside Hillary Duff. She was also recognized for her work in “The Music Man” having received a nomination for Best Actress In A Musical.

Shuler Hensley (Marcellus Washburn) has been active since the early ’90s. Over the course of his career, he’s appeared onstage in “Les Miserables” and “Young Frankenstein” and on the silver screen in “The Greatest Showman” and “Van Helsing.”

Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn) works a lot. The veteran actor performed in “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You” on Broadway among many other productions on his varied resume. Of course, he’s also known for his starring role in “Perfect Strangers” as well as bit parts in “Succession” and “She Hulk.”

Jayne Houdyshell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) commands the stage or screen whenever she performs. Whether it’s her dramatic stage slash screen turn in “The Humans” or portrayal of hardened Bunny in “Only Murders In The Building,” Houdyshell is a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for her in “Causeway” alongside Jennifer Lawrence next.

Marie Mullin (Mrs. Paroo) won a Tony Award for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” She also co-founded the Druid Theatre Company, located in Galway, Ireland.

All members of the cast and creative teams can be found here.

2023 Broadway Musicals

As always, the Great White Way will offer a range of classic musicals and upstart productions this fall, winter and spring.

Here are just five of the hottest shows you won’t want to miss in the next few months.

• “& Juliet”

• “Hamilton”

• “The Book of Mormon”

• “KPOP The Musical”

• “Some Like It Hot”

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Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

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Introducing Patrick ‘Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III! Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate.

The child – his second with Matthews following daughter Sterling Skye, born in February 2021 – is named after both Patrick and his father, Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. 

Welcome: NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a 'Bronze' nameplate

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate 

The joint Instagram post from Patrick and Brittany revealed he was born on Monday, weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz.

The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon.’ 

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, 'Round 2!'

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, 'Big Sister Duties Coming Soon'

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon’

Patrick and Brittany revealed the baby will be a boy back in June with a charming gender reveal video where they shot blue water out of squirt guns. 

The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges.

Patrick attended Texas Tech University while Matthews attended the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played soccer.

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Mahomes proposed to Matthews on September 1, 2020, in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day he received his Super Bowl ring.

The couple announced later that month the were expecting their first child, with daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes born in February 2021.

They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter. 

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year.

He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter.

Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020.

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

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