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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:34

Gangster Squad' looks better than it is

Film puts style over substance

There's a lot of fun to be had with period pieces especially when you've got an enthusiastic cast. It's interesting to see that even the most well-regarded movie star can get a little giddy when you tell him to put on a fedora, brandish a tommy gun and talk tough.

That's the new movie 'Gangster Squad' at its core. It's an undeniably stylish film visually striking with a cast that can't help but delight in the movie that they're making. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of substance here; the characterizations are weak and the story is thin. It's all sizzle and no steak.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:31

Zero Dark Thirty' on target

Film recounts the hunt for Osama Bin Laden

It's a sign of a gifted filmmaker when a director can find a way to tell a story whose ending is already known and still instill it with urgency and intensity. It was actually a good year for those sorts of films 'Argo' and 'Lincoln' both told tales whose conclusions we already knew.

However, those stories both exist very much in the past, in worlds that are different than the one in which we currently live. That isn't the case with 'Zero Dark Thirty,' the latest film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. This film is drawn from the past, yes, but from the very recent past a past that is close enough to burn bright in the memory of everyone who sees the film.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:07

Her Majesty's Cabaret opens up

Local group to present Ferme La Bouche'

BANGOR Local performance collaborative Her Majesty's Cabaret is once more bringing their unique brand of entertainment to area audiences.

This newest show called 'Ferme La Bouche' is scheduled for two performances at the newly opened Coespace, located on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor, on Jan. 19. Performance times are set for 7:30 and 10 p.m.; tickets are $7. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available for presale at the Rock and Art Shop on Central Street.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:41

NFL Playoff Preview Conference Championships

And then there were four.

After the grueling four month season and two weeks of high-intensity playoff games, we are left with four NFL teams that still have a chance to make their way to the Super Bowl and compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

2012's postseason attrition continued this weekend as four more very good teams were proved to be not quite good enough. The Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans all find themselves on the outside looking in as the playoff dance continues. Each team fought the good fight the Broncos and Seahawks were especially dogged in their pursuits but in the end, they came up short.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:34

Kimball named Maine Sportscaster of the Year

Broadcast veteran honored for third time in four years

BANGOR Local sportscaster Rich Kimball has been named the Maine Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (NSSA).

Kimball is the radio play-by-play voice of the University of Maine Black Bear football team. He also hosts the 'Downtown with Rich Kimball' radio show Monday through Friday from 4-6 PM. This is the third time in the last four years that Kimball has received this honor, and his fifth win overall.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:29

Celebrity Slam - Jan. 16, 2013

LiLo's big week

It has been a big week for Celebrity Slam favorite Lindsay Lohan.

We'll start with the recent New York Times story by Stephen Rodrick. Rodrick was given access to LiLo's latest film project 'The Canyons' and chronicled the movie's progress and process in an article straightforwardly titled 'Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie.'

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:21

Promised Land' less than promising

Film offers heavy-handed message, not much else

It's always intriguing when a number of Hollywood's heavy hitters get together to work on something especially a pet project. Sometimes, it's a story that they have always wanted to tell. Sometimes, it's just an excuse to go on a working vacation with their buddies. And sometimes, they just want to remind you that they care about stuff.

The first one usually bears positive fruit; if nothing else, the superstar got to prove his or her mettle. The second one is hit ('Ocean's 11') or miss ('Couples Retreat'). And the third one? The third is almost never a good idea. That's when they're looking to impart a 'message.'

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:20

Texas Chainsaw Massacre' gets a requel'

Film tries and fails to reinvigorate classic franchise

Few genres inspire multiple franchise offerings quite like horror. There are the big ones, of course series such as 'Friday the 13th,' 'Halloween' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street' but almost every horror film that has experienced even a modicum of success has produced a number of increasingly terrible sequels/prequels/reboots.

For instances, we have the new 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' film; did you know that this is the seventh (!) installment of everybody's favorite chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface?

Maine author's second historical mystery an even stronger offering

Last year, Maine author Kieran Shields blew me away with his debut novel 'The Truth of All Things;' I even included it in my 'Best Reads of 2012.' It was a wonderfully constructed historical mystery populated by a cast of fascinating characters.

His latest book is 'A Study in Revenge' (Crown, $25). In it, we once again pay a visit to the turn-of-the-century Portland that Shields has meticulously created. We also get to become reacquainted with his notable creations - Portland policeman Archie Lean and the indefatigable detective Perceval Grey.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:36

NFL Playoff Preview Divisional Round

The road to Super Bowl XLVII is paved with four fewer teams as the list of playoff teams has been pared from 12 down to eight. And so we bid a fond farewell to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Minnesota Vikings, the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins; each of these teams had an exceptional year, but their respective seasons have come to an end.

Moving on to the Divisional Round, the path is about to get a good deal rockier for the Wild Card survivors each one of the first round winners now has a daunting matchup ahead, going on the road against a higher seeded team that has had an extra week of rest and recovery. Even so, the Lombardi Trophy is still very much up for grabs.

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