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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:53

One bad mother – ‘Breaking In’

While it hasn’t reached the apex of home invasion movies, the subgenre of panic room thrillers has its place in the cinematic firmament. The notion of being (relatively) safe, yet still being trapped by the bad guys – usually with something to lose – is a resonant one and can make for some engaging, albeit fairly predictable, fare.

The new movie “Breaking In” attempts to subvert that basic structure. This time, the bad guys are the ones in the safe space and it’s up to our protagonist to find their way in and save the day. It’s not bad as ideas go – in the hands of really capable filmmakers, you could imagine this working quite well.

Alas, these filmmakers don’t appear to have that kind of capability. What we actually get is a poorly-paced ramble that never bothers to justify or explain the actions, events and decisions that play out on the screen. Gabrielle Union (“The Public”) does her level best in the lead – and gives a performance far better than this movie deserves – but that’s just not enough to overcome the jumbled blandness of literally everything else.

We make our bones here at Celebrity Slam by taking aim at the various foibles of famous folks. We pride ourselves in our ability to scorn and mock these people for their questionable words and deeds. We have fun and hope that you do as well.

But there’s room in this space for the occasional foray into other celebrity spaces. The truth is that there’s a lot about being famous that could be considered less than desirable. Yes, famous people get to do a lot of things us normal folks don’t, but they also have to deal with less pleasant things far beyond what we tend to encounter.

Take Justin Theroux, for example. Now, Justin Theroux isn’t mega-famous or anything. He’s not a hugely rich household name. He’s done plenty of film and TV work over the years and has (one assumes) done well for himself, but ultimately, he’s probably best known for his relationship with Jennifer Aniston.

He also apparently has a legit neighbor from hell.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:28

Weird National Briefs (05/16/2018)

Bad call

LYONS, N.Y. - A fugitive who’s wanted in North Carolina accidentally dialed 911 while he was in upstate New York, and he’s now behind bars.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:27

Criminal Mischief (05/16/2018)

Bangor drug bust

BANGOR – A probation check has led to the arrest of a Bangor man on a number of significant drug violations.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:52

Albert Pujols joins 3,000-hit club

One of Major League Baseball’s most exclusive clubs has a new member.

With an opposite-field single off Seattle Mariners pitcher Mike Leake on May 4, Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols became just the 32nd player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. He’s the latest in a run of players to reach the mark – Alex Rodriguez in 2015, the just-released Ichiro Suzuki in 2016 and Adrian Beltre last season – though it’s likely that it’ll be a while before the club gets any bigger.

BELFAST – A multitude of Maine’s musical roads are converging once again.

The All Roads Music Festival is returning to Belfast on May 19, bringing one of the biggest collections of Maine musical talent into one place for one jam-packed day of celebration. Spread across five different stages in four different venues, All Roads is playing host to some two dozen bands and individual artists, all devoted to putting what our state’s music scene has to offer.

There will be music from across all genres – whatever you like, you’re almost certainly going to be able to find it on one festival stage or another. In addition, All Roads is playing host to the always-wildly-successful Maine Songwriters Circle, where half-a-dozen talented songwriters get together and share a little of their collected collective wisdom, and a panel discussion on Maine women in music.

For tickets, a full schedule or more information about the festival, visit the All Roads website at www.allroadsmusicfest.org.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:42

Saying sayonara to Ichiro

An MLB legend may have played his last game.

The Seattle Mariners announced that they were releasing outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, bringing to an end (at least for now) a playing career that spanned nine seasons with Japan’s Orix Blue Wave and double that number in MLB.

(Note: This means that I, an old, am now younger than exactly one MLB player. I’m dealing with it, but hey - let’s all cross our fingers for the continued good health (for a given value of good health) of the ageless Bartolo Colon.)

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:39

Mother’s milk – ‘Tully’

One of the downsides to the bounteous excess of summer blockbuster season is the fact that it’s extremely difficult for a smaller film to gain any real traction. More thoughtful fare can be drowned out by a wave of superheroes, sequels and CGI explosions.

In the case of “Tully,” the latest product of the director/writer partnership of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, that would be a real shame. This weird little funny/sad film is a lovely piece of storytelling that deserves to be seen, a meditation on motherhood that is genuine and bizarre and driven by an outstanding performance from Charlize Theron (who previously teamed with Reitman and Cody on 2011’s “Young Adult”).

Hollywood’s recent reliance on remakes and reboots has become almost a self-fulfilling prophecy as of late – people see them because that’s what available and the studios make more of them because people are going to see them and on and on. We’re in chicken/egg territory, only we’ve stopped caring which actually came first.

That line of thinking inevitably results in something like “Overboard.”

There are few bonds as close as those that exist between brothers. And some fraternal bonds transcend even the typical, creating a tight-knit relationship built on an intimacy that no outsider could possibly fully understand.

It’s that latter dynamic that impacts every page of “Like Brothers” (Ballantine, $28) by Mark and Jay Duplass. The Duplass Brothers – patron saints of bootstrap DIY indie filmmaking – have been one of the most fertile and interesting creative partnerships of the 21st century. Their considerable talents in numerous aspects of filmmaking – acting, writing, directing, producing, you name it – helped, of course, but it’s the passion, ambition and determination inherent to their partnership that truly led to their success.

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