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Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut along side Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born.”

THE 10 BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR It may not feel like it, but “Black Panther” came out this year. And it was a lengthy and taxing 2018 where the escapist nature of the movies was needed as much as ever. While there were only a couple of truly great films, it was nonetheless still a good year spent sitting in a darkened theater and booting up the Apple TV (with the occasional intimacy of watching a movie on a laptop). We learned it’s hard to ignore loud chewers and candy wrappers during the extreme quiet of “A Quiet Place,” that disco may never die thanks to another “Mamma Mia!” and, as evidenced by “Solo,” the “Star Wars” franchise can have an off year and still make serious bank. Here are the very best films Hollywood had to offer in 2018, ranked:

10. ‘Hereditary’

Ari Aster’s completely freaky debut edges out sci-fi flick “Annihilation” as the year’s top scarefest, plus unleashes the full primal power of an awards-worthy Toni Collette. Featuring occult madness and a dramatic family implosion,

“Hereditary” is an unnerving, unshakable nightmare about not being able to trust your loved ones and a warning to maybe not dig too deep into your background, lest you risk finding out a relative totally had a thing for demon worship.

9. ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

In any other context, an opulent wedding scene with the bride walking down a water-filled aisle surrounded by abundant plant life and someone crooning “Can’t Help Falling in Love” would be eye-rolling. But by the time it arrives in Jon M. Chu’s wholly charming movie, it’s earned every tugged heartstring. Constance Wu and Henry Golding impress as leads in a film that’s both a win for Asian representation and the best romantic comedy in years. (You might also feel the need to play Mahjong afterward, but go with it.)

8. ‘Three Identical Strangers’

In a year full of excellent documentaries (“RBG,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), the one that’s truly stranger than fiction is tops. “Strangers” chronicles the story

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of three identical triplets raised separately who find each other as college-age young men and develop a close bond, but that feel-good narrative turns into a very different film as they and loved ones discover the dark truth behind their separation.

various dimensions come alive via vibrant, trippy animation and a clever plot that posits anyone is capable of being the type of hero who could wear a web slinger’s mask. Come for the OG Spider-Man, Peter Parker – in this, a schlubby guy who’s all about pizza and early super-retirement – but stay for the amazing journey of his de facto stu7. ‘Cold War’ There’s one black-and-white for- dent Miles Morales, the mixed-race eign period piece this year that’s a teenager who learns how to be Spimust-watch – and it’s not “Roma.” dey on the job. The bittersweet Polish love story tracks the post-World War II on- 5. ‘First Reformed’ again, off-again love affair between A holy warrior questions the a quiet musical director (Tomasz battles he fights in this thoughtKot) and the tempestuous young provoking effort by “Taxi Driver” singer (Joanna Kulig) he discovers screenwriter Paul Schrader. Revwhile recruiting for a folk-music erend Toller (Ethan Hawke) is the troupe. They break up often, usual- troubled, heavy-drinking priest of a ly having to do with politics or per- small church with a shrinking felsonal issues, only to find their way lowship, and his existential crisis back to each other in a gripping deepens when he meets a woman and gorgeous take on the can’t- (Amanda Seyfried) who asks him live-with-them, can’t-live-without- to help her environmentalist husthem dynamic. band. Issues of climate change and religion add extra heft to a deeply personal and affecting character 6. ‘Spider-Man: Into the study. Spider-Verse’ A parade of Spider-People from

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Former child actor testament to resilience as Soldier By Daniel P. Elkins Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command

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OINT BASE SAN ANTONIOFORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — You need not look further than the headlines of the latest tabloids in the grocery checkout line or scroll through social media viral videos that often find their way to television broadcast entertainment news to see the destructive paths often taken by child actors following stardom. Access to practically anything they want while under the spotlight of Hollywood movie sets and paparazzi tempers reality and can lead to treacherous choices when transitioning to and accepting the real-life consequences of growing up. For the Mission and Installation Contracting Command’s Joe Todd, it was a combination of the short-lived acting role along with typical boyish pursuits that contributed to a different direction after costarring with brothers Mike and Dan as the young Douglas triplets during the final two season of “My Three Sons.” As a native of San Diego, it was Todd’s grandmother in Los Angeles who spotted a newspaper ad seeking twins to join the cast of the long-running series “My

Three Sons” in 1970. And as boastful grandmothers often do, promptly informed show producers that she could do one better. “Because the show was called ‘My Three Sons,’ they thought it was cool to put triplets in the show,” said Todd, the youngest of the three brothers. “So while most people get into acting because they’re talented, we got into it more because of the novelty of being triplets than anything else.” Baby Boomers and those born on the front decade of Generation X are most likely familiar with the show. It ran an impressive 12 seasons on both ABC and CBS and starred one of Hollywood’s top paid actors of that time, Fred MacMurray. MacMurray played widower Steve Douglas raising his three sons with the aid of his father-in-law. One of those boys, Robbie, eventually left home to marry his high school sweetheart who had triplets, leading to the role as Charley Douglas for Todd from 1970 to 1972. Todd readily admits that because of his young age, he recalls little about taping the series. “We were just young kids, so everybody was real nice and friendly. There are pictures from the set that I view now that I don’t remember seeing or doing. A lot of people ask me after looking at

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the pictures on the internet, which triplet I am. I could not point myself out,” Todd said. “We didn’t put anything into context. It wasn’t until later on that I realized that show had a big impact on people because it ran for a lot of years, even though we were only on it for a couple of years.” There are few exceptions from his time on the show where certain methods, considered non-traditional by today’s standards, may have been used to achieve the desired scene response. “The show aired back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, so the techniques and procedures were a little bit odd. For instance, if they needed you to cry for a scene, they might poke you or something,” Todd said. “I remember the movie set trailers. Can you imagine three hyperactive kids bouncing around in a trailer? If it were me, I’d put concertina wire around us and say, ‘You guys stay in there.’” Following the two seasons on the show, his family remained in San Diego where the Todd triplets went on to tape a few commercials for such products as Doublemint chewing gum, the California restaurant chain Mr. Steak and others.

“There was never a strong desire to stay in the business. Hollywood always portrays itself as lollipops and rainbows, but there’s more to it. If you’re interested in that, then you’re willing to overlook some things. It’s not for everybody,” Todd said. “But if you’re kids, you just want to be outside and do normal kid stuff. (Acting) was just something to do, and again, it goes back to the talent versus the novelty of being triplets.” The Todd brothers made an appearance on “The Joan Rivers Show” in 1989 to recount their experiences on “My Three Sons,” but have since been absent from the small screen. Their father’s job relocated the family to Houston during the triplets’ senior year. All three finished high school and began college. “We realized we weren’t mature enough to handle college, and decided to join the Army. It was the best thing we could have ever done,” Todd said. “Some people believe we all joined the Army for the same reason. Well, we did, to find our own individuality. When you’re alResilience, continued on Page 7

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Churchill becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom on May 10. Three days later he would make his first address, saying, “I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” • President Roosevelt asks Congress for $900 million to build at least 50,000 airplanes a year on May 16. • Nazi concentration camp AuschwitzBirkenau, the largest German concentration camp, opens May 20 in occupied Poland. More than 1 million people will be killed there through January 1945. • The Dunkirk evacuation of British Expeditionary Forces starts May 26. Through June 4, 300,000 troops were evacuated by the British and French navies with the help of civilian vessels. • The French government flees to Bordeaux as Paris falls to the Germans on June 14. • The Battle of Britain begins July 10. • The U.S. and Britain announce an agreement Sept. 2 to use 50 U.S. destroyers as escorts for British ships. • Nazi Germany begins the first of 57 consecutive

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3. ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Proving he’s as fiery as ever, Spike Lee tackles the real-life story of African-American cop Ron Stallworth infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan with a sense of timely relevance, connecting that 1970s situation with race relations in modern America. It’s also a viciously funny take on a buddy cop comedy that positions its star John David Washington (son of Denzel), brandishing loads of charisma and a monumental Afro, as Hollywood’s next big thing.

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2. ‘A Star Is Born’

It’s about 40 minutes into the musical drama, when Lady Gaga warily walks out on stage for one of cinema’s most goosebump-inducing moments in 2018, where you say to yourself, “Wait, Bradley Cooper’s never directed a movie before? That’s crazypants.” Cooper masterfully handles duties behind the camera and in front (as a country rocker on a career downswing) while Gaga is a belting force of nature in an absolutely fabulous reimagining of the familiar Tinseltown template.

1. ‘Black Panther’

Neither its cultural importance nor financial success can be understated. It’s a wonder of technical majesty, from Afro-futuristic landscapes to impeccably designed costumes. Probably no other superhero film has the nerve to take on colonialism and global resource-sharing. But here’s the thing about “Panther”: It’s just an endlessly enjoyable film. The personality lineup is so strong, you’ll have a new favorite character every time – maybe Letitia Wright’s precociously genius Shuri, then Michael B. Jordan’s captivating antagonist Killmonger the next – with Chadwick Boseman anchoring the whole thing with winning gravitas. And need we mention the armored war rhinos? Nothing was the complete package this year quite like director Ryan Coogler’s Wakandan treasure.

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And while successfully avoiding the consequences many child actors often cope with, Todd instead teaches the value of resiliency to the members of the MICC workforce as one of his duties. “The Army has a great resiliency program for soldiers who have trouble with coping skills. If you use and implement 12 of the 14 skills, there are two soft skills, it’s got to help people. And this goes for any age,” Todd emphasized. “Even though we’re all able to manage ourselves, a lot of times we don’t focus on the simple things and simple tasks or give them the attention they need and lose sight of priorities.” His brother, Mike, retired from the Army as a combat engineer and now teaches at the Army Medical Department at nearby Camp Bullis. Dan separated from the service after eight years and went

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