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Review: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' a ho-hum sequel

Despite offering Robin Williams' last big-screen appearance, the franchise's final film doesn't offer anything new. 
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Chef Guillaume Bienamie, who worked at Marché in Menlo Park before its closure four years ago, finally has a restaurant of his own. Zola, in Palo Alto, showcases his talent, creativity and attention to detail with a winning menu of French starters and main courses, built on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.  
 
Plus, 'White Collar' bids 'Au Revoir' after six seasons.  
 
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A fascinating season of superb blindsides and random acts of kindness comes to a close.  
 
From John Adams to Domenico Scarlatti and Maria Callas, here is our 2014 Top 10 list of classical recordings.  
 
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Group that rescues poodles and poodle mixes wants you to know more about them.  
 
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Diamond Comics reveals the full list of 50 book titles available at participating shops during annual event in May.  
 
From newcomers Mario Castro and Marquis Hill to legends Chick Corea and Sonny Rollins, here is our list of the year's best jazz recordings.  
 
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Spot straddles line between fine dining and party central  
 
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From the harrowing 'New Electric Ballroom' to a vivid adaptation the Bard's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' to the strange and campy Meow Meow, the Bay Area crackled with compelling stage performances.  
 
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'The Colbert Report' calls it quits, and so does its famous fake pundit.  
 
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ScHoolboy Q, Taylor Swift and, yes, Judas Priest also among the Top 10 albums of 2014.  
 
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Winner chosen on 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'? Plus, Michael Buble serves up a Christmas special in New York.  
 
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It's definitely a shock to see one, but this imposing looking spider is no threat to humans and animals.  
 
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'Silicon Valley' among the year's best comedies  
 
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Some of the year's strongest films -- 'Selma,' 'A Most Violent Year' and 'Mommy' -- won't have opened in the Bay Area before Dec. 31, which disqualified them from this list.
 
 
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Will it be Craig Boyd, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, or wild-card entrant Damien Lawson who takes crown on 'The Voice' finale?  
 
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The beloved Southern Italian tradition of a seafood-centric feast gets an update from Bay Area chefs.  
 
Based loosely on Mercury News reporter Gary Webb's 1996 investigative series on the ties between the C.I.A. and drug traffickers, the play is bold and energetic, if occasionally muddled.  
 
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Reader offers tips on getting cats that don't like to be touched to the vet.  
 
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Touristy? Sure. But the holiday tinsel-festooned Pier 39 is festive enough to banish any humbug.  
 
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From sorbet and celery to bread and a specially designed sparkling water, palate cleansers are just as personal as your wine preference.  
 
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Plus, American Country Countdown Awards honor top stars based on album sales and radio airplay.  
 
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Jackson's final bit of Tolkien tinkering ends on a high enough note, giving fans of the author and director what they want: Middle-earth showdowns, sweeping spectacles and distressing deaths.  
 
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San Francisco critics group honors 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman' four times each, including Michael Keaton for best actor.  
 
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It's definitely a shock to see one, but this imposing looking spider is no threat to humans and animals.  
 
Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson among Walters' picks for people of the year. Genevieve Gorder gives viewers peak inside White House for the holidays.  
 
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Readers share recipes for perfect sugar cookies.  
 
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One Direction rocks 'SNL'; 'Colbert' calls it a wrap and 'Survivor' finishes its latest season  
 
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A new cooking show revolves around the glories of tacos. And, Tim Federle pens a new cocktail picture book for new parents.