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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:09

We’re not gonna take it – ‘Taken 3’

Uninspired action sequel lacks impact, coherence

When it comes to sequels, as the numbers following the titles go up, the quality of the film tends to descend. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – there are franchises that have managed to reinvigorate/reinvent themselves on the fly, but they are fairly thin on the ground.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:41

Turing tested – ‘The Imitation Game’

Well-made biopic features strong performances

History is filled with accomplished men and women – people who changed the world – that for whatever reason never achieve the recognition their efforts warrant – at least, not until long after they’re gone. And when their brilliance is finally brought to light, we’re left to wonder about what could have been.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:36

Long walk to freedom – ‘Selma’

Movie tells story of 1965 march for equal voting rights

There are defining moments in history – and defining figures. And filmmakers have been telling the stories of those moments and figures ever since the invention of film.

As last week goes to show, picking the NFL playoffs isn’t always easy. The notion of “any given Sunday” might be a cliché, but in the postseason, it’s an accurate one.

(Any given Saturday as well, I suppose.)

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:26

Weird National Briefs - (01/07/15)

One-man party

KEIZER, Ore. - Police near Salem, Oregon, say they arrested a naked man after he broke into two homes, drank booze and used a hot tub at one of them.

This Wild Card weekend wasn’t particularly wild. With the exception of the Steelers, everyone won who was supposed to win. And aside from Detroit/Dallas, none of the games felt particularly close. Other than that one upset by the Ravens, it was more or less status quo. Andy Dalton lost in the first round. Detroit is no longer in the playoffs. All is mostly right in the world.

And now the league’s best – New England; Denver; Seattle; Green Bay – are re-entering the picture after their bye weeks. They’ve had some time to nurse some injuries and recharge some batteries, though you never know whether the time off could also lead to a little rust.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:17

Four new Hall of Famers

Trio of first-time pitchers, one holdover added to Hall

It wasn’t that long ago that many people were concerned that the flow of new inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame has slowed to a trickle.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:13

Celebrity Slam - (01/07/15)

Sheen shamed

Sometimes, the new year means that things get a little quiet here at Celebrity Slam. The excitement of the holiday season has died down and our favorite famous folks take it down a notch or two and spend their time, well…not being ridiculous.

Eastport author introduces new mystery series

Author Sarah Graves is no stranger to mystery writing. Her popular “Home Repair is Homicide” series is at 16 books and counting. The author lives in Eastport, which also serves as the setting for the best-selling books; the town has become just as much a character as protagonist Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:06

No country for young men

“Against the Country” challenging and complex

It’s tempting to want our literary offerings to adhere to genre regimentation; easy answers to questions like “What kind of book is it?” make recommendations a lot simpler to make. Efficiently synopsized narratives also contribute to effortless literary discussion.

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