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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bangor man plays music icon in new film
Bangor native Joe Bearor, an actor currently working in Los Angeles, has undertaken a Herculean task.
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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