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"Le Havre" is a gently offbeat story of a shoe shiner (André Wilms) who shelters an illegal immigrant (Blondin Miguel) in a French harbor town. The director, Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, delivers with a deadpan charm and deliberately flat tone that generates quiet chuckles and tears in equal measure.
Lastly, the Sundance Institute has compiled a program of seven short films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Some are better than others, of course, but the best are well worth the time.
Sean P. Means
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Two fun holiday websites » You can track Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve at http://www.noradsanta.org/en/ on the NoradSanta.org website, and leading up to Christmas, children can play a variety of online games on this popular site. At PortableNorthPole.tv, you can make a free personalized video message for your child from Santa at http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home.
Michaels 40 percent off in-store » Go to http://weeklyad.michaels.com/stores/7782/coupons to print a coupon worth 40 percent off one regularly priced item at Michaels arts and crafts stores. This coupon is good through Saturday.
Roberts Arts & Crafts closeout sale » Roberts is closing its five remaining stores in South Jordan, American Fork, Provo, Orem and Washington and is taking 30 percent off all merchandise in those stores. The company plans to close the stores by the end of January, but will continue to sell online at RobertsCrafts.com. Go to https://www.facebook.com/robertsartscrafts for updates on store closures and discounts. Next week, remaining merchandise will be discounted by 40 percent. Go to http://robertscrafts.com/default.aspx?PageID=74 for a list of Utah stores.
Free $10 Target gift card with purchase » If you’re planning a large purchase at Target, you can go to http://coupons.target.com/target-holiday-elves-coupons to print a coupon that’s good for a free $10 Target gift card when you purchase at least $50 in merchandise at one time in-store. Thanks TotallyTarget.com!
$5 off The Help movie » Go to http://thehelpmovie.com/us/ to print a coupon worth $5 off the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of the movie The Help. You can also go to http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=ylfqcgp73029750&bt=xg&o=95632&c=ZB&p=TW2ep1If to get a coupon worth $3 off Barbie: A Perfect Christmas. You’ll also find a number of movie coupons at http://www.coupons.com/ under the Home Entertainment category.
Free music » Amazon.com is offering a free holiday song to download each day through December. Go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000453281 to listen to today’s selection. Plenty of other holiday tunes are available for free on the site as well. Go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/dmusic/digital-music-track for a complete list. More than 100 albums are available to download at no cost as well. Go to http://amzn.to/tdj3GQ for those titles.
More free music » People magazine is offering a free 10-song holiday music collection by country artists at https://styleentertainment.timeinc.net/people/countryplaylist/.
The disappearance of Susan Powell takes center stage Friday night on Dateline (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). For locals who couldn’t have avoided coverage of the story if they’d tried, there’s not going to be much of anything new.
Obviously, the story isn’t as high-profile in other parts of the country. And you could certainly argue that publicizing the 2-year-old case could help solve it.
But as is so often the case with "Dateline," it takes real-life crime story and turns it into something resembling a bad TV movie. It’s almost embarrassing — the ominous music, the film footage manipulated to look sinister, the over-the-top narration.
"This began as a search for a missing woman, but there is so much more you haven’t heard," intones NBC’s Keith Morrison. "Wild allegations of abuse, of religious conspiracies, of sexual deviance."
Morrison has interviews with Susan Powell’s husband, Josh; with Josh’s father; and with investigators from the West Valley police.
Maybe you have to package the story like bad melodrama to get people to watch. But how sad — how disturbing — is that?
Elsewhere on Friday »
Frosty the Snowman (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is a holiday classic. Frosty Returns (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), not so much.Next Page >
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