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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:19

Reaching for the stars – ‘Interstellar’

Sci-fi epic visually stunning, narratively uneven

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that brings forth from me all sorts of outsized expectations. Maybe I hear a rumor about a director whose work I enjoy. Maybe it’s a screenwriter that I admire. Maybe it’s subject matter that intrigues me. Maybe it’s an actor or actors that I find particularly compelling.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:13

‘Big Hero 6’ has big heart

Animated comic adaptation fun and funny

Disney has been in the superhero movie business in a big way for a few years now. Their management of Marvel Studios has led to the creation of some of the highest-grossing movies in Hollywood history. Phase One was massive, Phase Two looks to be even bigger (and don’t even get me started on Phase Three – they’ve planned out the next five years).

John Cleese memoir focuses on comedian’s early days

Comedy fans tend to have a few common touchstones that transcend generations. These comedic performers are simply a part of the fabric of humor – something for which almost everyone who loves to laugh shares an affinity and affection.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:41

Kibbles and Picks 2014 – Week 10

And I’m slowly pulling away.

While neither Stella nor I was able to put up a massive number in Week 9, we both did okay. Unfortunately for her, my okay was slightly more okay than her okay. Thus, I add another game to my slowly, steadily increasing lead.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:33

Weird National Briefs - 11/05/14

Rocky Mountain Heist

DENVER - A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:16

Celebrity Slam - 11/05/14

Trout mouths and Muppets

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the years here at Celebrity Slam, it’s that no amount of talent can truly make up for someone being a horrible person. That isn’t to say that there aren’t people out there willing to make all manner of excuses for awful humans if they can act or sing or tell jokes – there absolutely are – but most of us can recognize the terrible folks pretty easily.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:13

Improv ME Festival to take inaugural bow

Improv comedy festival to feature groups from all over New England

BREWER – That foot of snow might have you a little down in the dumps. But you can’t let Mother Nature win. Chase away the early-onset winter blues by experiencing some of the best improv comedy that New England has to offer – right here.

National tour of author’s supernatural musical kicks off at Collins Center

ORONO – Stephen King is returning to one of his old haunts – and he’s bringing some ghosts of his own along for the ride.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:23

If it bleeds, it leads – ‘Nightcrawler’

Film offers bleak look at media’s questionable morality

There are few actors in Hollywood who inspire feelings as mixed as those brought forth in me by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Derivative thriller forgets to break new ground

It’s an accepted fact that there are only so many stories out there to be told. That’s one of the reasons that the film industry is seemingly propped up by a never-ending stream of sequels and franchises: coming up with original ideas is hard. Remakes and reboots are much simpler undertakings.

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