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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:34

Repo redux – ‘Repo Madness’

Written by Allen Adams

Comic mystery driven by quirky characters

Achieving success in one literary genre is difficult enough. There are thousands of writers out there working daily toward goals that only a scant percentage will actually achieve. And of those who achieve their goals and become published novelists, a tiny fraction will find a modicum of fame within the trappings of their chosen style.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:13

Amazon TV pilots take flight

Written by Allen Adams

Amazon Video offers up three offbeat series

The explosion of broadcast alternatives with regards to television has been something to see in the past few years. No longer is original programming beholden to the big networks or even cable outfits. Streaming services have thrown their respective hats into the ring to significant success.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:24

‘Ben-Hur’ a Biblical bore

Written by Allen Adams

Dull, disinterested remake fails to resonate

While there have been a number of successful offerings, the reality is that the summer of 2016 has been marked by a preponderance of underperforming films – particularly those that fall into the category of sequel and/or remake/reboot.

Friday, 19 August 2016 15:56

Bro-ing to war – ‘War Dogs’

Written by Allen Adams

Film elevated by strong central performances

One of the most overused phrases in the world of movie marketing is “Based on a true story.” Essentially, it gives filmmakers carte blanche to use as much – or as little – of a story’s truth in the course of making their movie.

Sunday, 14 August 2016 16:46

Streep’s perfectly imperfect pitch

Written by Allen Adams

“Florence Foster Jenkins” a tale of indefatigable passion

Just what is it with Meryl Streep and singing these days?

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:21

The soaring soul of ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Written by Allen Adams

Disney remake retains spirit of beloved original

We all have movies from our childhoods that hold a particularly special place in our hearts; movies that we might not have seen for years, yet still carry fond memories of to this day.

The 1977 Disney film “Pete’s Dragon” was one of those movies for me.

Friday, 12 August 2016 10:24

Wieners gone wild - ‘Sausage Party’

Written by Allen Adams

R-rated animated comedy effectively offensive

I have no idea how “Sausage Party” came to be released.

Evocative debut novel offers different take on the end of the world

Considering the glut of end-of-the-world stories that we’ve seen in recent years, you could be forgiven for thinking that there aren’t any new tales to be told in that vein.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:13

Novelist to speak about living with mental illness

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR - Tellis K. Coolong, the author of the acclaimed books “Walczyk” and “I Am Not Walczyk,” about a bipolar film producer named Peter Walczyk, will be giving a free talk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) at Acadia Hospital on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

Sunday, 07 August 2016 17:54

‘Nine Lives’ a cat-astrophe

Written by Allen Adams

Family “comedy” unfunny, insulting to kids and adults

One of the delightful side effects of the summer blockbuster season is the fact that every once in a while, a film comes along that is such an obvious misfire that you almost want to see it simply to find out if it could possibly be as terrible as it appears to be.

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