Netflix’s shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

This Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, photo, shows Netflix on a tablet, in North Andover, Mass. Netflix reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SAN FRANCISCO — Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix’s original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service.

Fun performances aren’t enough to save ‘Split’

This image released by Universal Pictures shows James McAvoy in a scene from, "Split." (John Baer/Universal Pictures via AP)

“Split ” is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some of them are kind. Some are strange. Some are talented. Some are deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one of them likes to kidnap teenage girls, lock them in a basement and make them dance naked. As with any thriller, of course, this one from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan chooses to focus on the increasingly scantily clad teenage girls in peril. Forgive me if I’m a little bored already, but not even McAvoy sporting a tight turtleneck and pleated midi skirt while affecting a posh accent as one of the personalities, Miss Patricia, is enough to really save this film.

What to watch for in 2017

The hit Broadway show ‘Annie’ will be performed twice on Jan. 28.

The entertainment schedule in eastern Idaho is full as the calendar flips from 2016 to 2017. With help from the Idaho Falls Arts Council, here are some of the monthly highlights through the summer:

Affleck’s stylish ‘Live by Night’ is by the numbers

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Ben Affeck in a scene from "Live By Night." (Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he’s gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic “Live by Night .” It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin’, two-timin’ moll, crooked cops, and a sweaty loyal partner. There’s the one-last-job-gone-awry, some rum-running, a few epic shootouts and the big questions about whether or not our man has become everything he swore he wouldn’t. It seems like enough to hold audience interest for a few hours, but somehow even with all that going for it (not to mention a parade of recognizable faces), “Live by Night” is dull as sin.

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