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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:04

Time warps and sweet transvestites

PTC brings ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ to life

BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre Company is bringing its 40th anniversary season to a close with a show that only recently celebrated a ruby anniversary of its own. The cult classic musical “The Rocky Horror Show,” with book, music and lyrics by Richard O’Brien, has landed at the Bangor Opera House and is running through June 28.

Animated sequel a more than worthwhile follow-up 

In the realm of cinematic animation, DreamWorks has settled into the role of eternal bridesmaid. It’s not that they don’t produce high-quality, well-received work – they absolutely do – but it seems that they’re continually being overshadowed by the Disney/Pixar behemoth.

Buddy-cop sequel exceeds the original

The notion of self-referential self-awareness is nothing new in the cinema. Over the past 20 years especially, we’ve seen occasional wink-and-nod genre send-ups hit the big screen. Films like “Scream” and “Austin Powers” opened the door, but it seems like more and more moviemakers are perfectly happy to walk through it – to varying degrees of success.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:09

Weird National Briefs - 06/11/14

There can be only one

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick police say a man attacked an acquaintance with a sword, hitting the victim in the hand.

“Kibbles and Picks” to tackle a different sort of football

I’m generally fairly comfortable with my status as a sports fan. Most of the time, I feel reasonably confident about my depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to competitive sports. Even when it comes to the sports I don’t follow closely, my general interest level is high enough that I still wind up with a modicum of understanding.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:57

Celebrity Slam - 06/11/14

Bieber in the bathtub

We’ve spent a lot of time in this space taking Justin Bieber to task for the many many MANY unfortunate things that he has said and done over the years. And there’s no doubt that he’s an entitled snot who can’t seem to get out of his own way long enough to behave like a human being for any length of time. This space is reserved for deriding and mocking the rich and famous for their misdeeds – Bieber has certainly earned the attention that we have given him.

Love story wrought with sweetness and sadness

It seems like every summer, in among the sequels and superheroes and CGI, there will be one or two movies that don’t quite fit the typical summer blockbuster mode. Maybe it’s a romantic comedy or a literary adaptation or a message-laden drama, but it’s almost always there.

Novel offers compelling narrative, unsympathetic characters

There are a lot of things that can sometimes be taken for granted when reading a book. There’s often an expectation that stories need to have heroes and villains – good guys and bad guys. But just as the real world is made up of various permutations of gray, so too can literature offer up circumstances in which the answer to the question “Who is the good guy?” can be “Nobody.”

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:06

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ first-rate summer cinema

As we have progressed into the 21st century, it has become clearer with each passing year that the age of the capital-M Movie Star is slowly fading into memory. Gone are the days when there were a double handful of Hollywood names whose mere presence guaranteed a film a robust box office take both domestically and abroad. 

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 22:50

Weird National Briefs - June 4th, 2014

With friends like these…

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.

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