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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:14

A zombie plague on both your houses

Opera House Arts goes gory with ‘R&J&Z’

STONINGTON – No matter whether you’re a Shakespearean scholar or simply a regular consumer of pop culture, odds are good that you know a little something about “Romeo & Juliet.” Star-crossed lovers, two families both alike in dignity, yada yada yada. You also know that pretty much everybody dies in the end.

Sequel a smart and engaging action offering

Like many others, I have occasionally succumbed to the temptation to dismiss Hollywood’s recent slate of effects-laden sequels and reboots as derivative money grabs, devoid of any true meaning – more artifice than art. Sure, some of them are a lot of fun, but there isn’t much beyond that. In general, that attitude – while perhaps a bit overly broad – has merit. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:02

The brilliance of ‘Boyhood’

Linklater’s latest a beautiful, ambitious offering

Ambition can be a double-edged sword when it comes to filmmaking. Too often, a writer/director will try to fly too high too fast, making like Icarus and suffering the consequences of approaching the sun too closely. But when that ambition is well realized, the result is something powerful, magical and unforgettable.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:28

Weird National Briefs - 07/09/14

‘Merica!

NEW YORK - New York City police are searching for a man they say swiped seven American flags from homes on Independence Day.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:14

Handing out the halfway hardware

Some MLB award thoughts at the midway point

Major League Baseball has by far the longest season – at least in terms of games played – of any of our Big Four professional sports leagues. Since the All-Star Game – the unofficial halfway point of the season – is almost upon us, we’ve reached a point where we can start talking about postseason awards in earnest.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:01

Celebrity Slam - 07/09/14

Krazy Katt

In the realm of celebrity missteps, things tend to go in one of three directions.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:56

At world’s end – ‘California’

Novel explores aftermath of societal breakdown

The end of the world has always been attractive to writers, but recent years have seen a particular surge in literature dealing with that particular subject. Some sort of grand cataclysm befalls us and the remnants of humanity are left to pick up the pieces.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:28

McCarthy misfires with ‘Tammy’

One-note road comedy falls short of funny

In a cinematic world dominated by dudes – particularly when it comes to comedy – it’s nice to know that there’s someone like Melissa McCarthy out there. A fearless and gifted comedian capable of pulling off bon mots and pratfalls alike, McCarthy is an immense talent.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:25

Echoes of family films gone by

‘Earth to Echo’ a good-not-great family offering

Live-action movies aimed specifically at younger viewers are a lot more infrequent than they used to be. The ones that do get made tend to be film adaptations of popular books intended to be ongoing franchises. And even those inspired by young adult literature seem to be skewing in more grown-up directions – there’s a darkness to them. That darkness might make the movies more palatable to the adult viewer, but it comes at the expense of some of the magic.

Novel offers sad, powerful saga of love and loss

An argument could be made that the best sort of fictional narrator is the one that, despite constantly making poor and/or questionable decisions, the reader cannot help but like.

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