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If you're thinking about hitting up the Little Rock Film Festival, which kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday, you'll want to check out our extensive preview. I wrote about the festival's move downtown and this year's excellent Arkansas-made program, and joined David Koon, Leslie Peacock and David Ramsey in recommending 10 films you've gotta see (opening night film "Short Term 12" would've made the list, but we don't publish in print until tomorrow).

Elsewhere, David Koon writes about a new Efficiency Program Entergy Arkansas offers, where in some cases, contractors will do thousands in repairs to your house to make it more energy efficient at no cost to the Entergy ratepayer. The Observer remembers a man from his past who probably was in the witness protection program. The Big Picture delves further into new numbers released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that reveal the arbitrariness of hospital billing. Max relays a recent visit he had with Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Rhonda Wood as it relates to partisan activity by judges. Ernie Dumas writes that "the Benghazi hearings represent a different kind of low, the exploitation of a national tragedy for political advantage." Our editorial provides required reading for UA trustees considering any merging of UAMS with St. Vincent.

In entertainment, Eric Francis writes about the big money fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss is raising for Heifer International. Our ace movie critic Sam Eifling considers the new "Great Gatsby" adaptation as if he was writing a book report based only on watching the film adaptation.

Says our dining reviewer: "With a combination of excellent service, delicious food and shockingly low prices, E's Bistro deserves to be among the elite dining establishments in the city."

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