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Debut novel offers alternate take on society’s fall

The end of the world has always been a popular subject for speculative fiction, but it seems that in recent years, the trend has exploded. We see story after story about the crumbling of our society, and while the root causes may differ - zombie outbreaks or alien invasions, ancient evils or out-of-control technologies – the basic structure tends to remain familiar.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:07

Respect to a retiring rival redux

Jeter announces 2014 season to be his last

While the general sense of antipathy seems to have cooled somewhat in recent years, the fact remains that there’s some animosity between fans of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The rivalry no longer has the fevered heat that it did even just a few years ago – nothing like some championships to take the edge off – but a significant portion of that passion still exists.

Memoir celebrates life, career of Dan Jenkins

Memoirs are a hit or miss business. While there are a number of factors that go into whether or not a memoir is successful, the two biggest are fairly intuitive.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 17:44

Taken on a plane – ‘Non-Stop’

It seems appropriate that just one week after Kevin Costner inserted himself into the beaten-down, “too-old-for-this-s—t” action movie game, one of the masters of the subgenre has his own offering hit the big screen.

Ever since “Taken,” Liam Neeson has existed as the primary yin to the Stallone/Schwarzenegger/Willis yang of old-man action fare (though to be fair, Willis in particular tends to operate on a pretty wide swath of the spectrum). Whether he’s punching vaguely foreign kidnappers or wolves or different vaguely foreign kidnappers, Neeson manages to inject the proceedings with some legitimacy no matter how outsized and over-the-top the circumstances might be. With “Non-Stop,” he continues to get his Neeson on.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:28

Weird National Briefs - February 26th, 2014

Spellbound

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Missouri students who went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee aren’t quite finished after event organizers ran out of words for the contest.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:13

Celebrity Slam - February 26th, 2014

A fond farewell

This is not a Slam.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:10

‘Pompeii’ a cinematic disaster

Erstwhile epic falls flat on all fronts

When I first heard that a movie called “Pompeii” was coming, I was curious as to what kind of film it would be. Would it be a thoughtful attempt at reconstructing the last days of a doomed city? Perhaps it would be a historical take on the standard disaster movie?

Book chronicles baseball life one step away from the majors

The return of baseball is one of the highlights of the springtime. We fans of the game are all bound together by the notion that “hope springs eternal.” But that hope isn’t reserved exclusively for fans; there’s plenty of hoping coming from the players on the fields of spring training. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:37

Becoming a Beatle

Bangor man plays music icon in new film

Bangor native Joe Bearor, an actor currently working in Los Angeles, has undertaken a Herculean task.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:35

‘3 Days to Kill’ dead on arrival

Formulaic action thriller fails to deliver

Hollywood groupthink tends to come in waves. Once it is decided that an idea is a good one (“good” referring to profitability rather than quality), all of the studios tend to introduce their own ever-so-slight variations on that singular idea.

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