Irish rock band to play Empire on Oct. 3
PORTLAND - Two years ago, I saw one of the greatest concerts of my life when Ireland’s Pugwash played Portland’s Empire during their first American tour. It was an unforgettable night.
Bangor Escape Rooms opens its doors
BANGOR – You’re in an unfamiliar room. You might be with friends or family or even perfect strangers. The door shuts behind you and a clock starts running.
You have 60 minutes to make your escape.
Animated film offers laughs for the whole family
One of the best aspects of 21st century Hollywood’s affinity for animated films is that you not only get a wide variety of films, but a wide variety of talented filmmakers – filmmakers who might not have otherwise involved themselves with animation – coming on board to make movies.
Western remake features engaging action, talented ensemble
The cinematic Western has been making a bit of a comeback in recent years. There have been some critically-lauded offerings - last year’s Best Picture-nominated “The Revenant,” for example, or this year’s celebrated “Hell or High Water” – that have helped the genre regain some of its once-massive cachet.
Norm Macdonald’s “Based on a True Story” weird, wildly entertaining
Be honest – whenever you see the words “based on a true story,” you immediately start wondering just how much of what you’re about to read/watch/listen to can be considered truth. Truth is a funny thing, particularly in the realm of biography or memoir; our memories tend to recall actual events with a surprising amount of flexibility.
Historical novel taut, thoughtful…and terrific
There will always be those who believe in miracles. So too will there always be skeptics. And sometimes, there are skeptics who are charged with decrying (or verifying) those miracles.
Talking with The THE BAND Band
PORTLAND - The intimate stage of One Longfellow Square in Portland will host a celebration of the music of Bob Dylan and The Band on October 7, one featuring The THE BAND Band, an eight-piece tribute band specializing in true-to-form versions of the iconic rockers’ oeuvre.
When he was a boy, Craig MacGregor - bass player for the band Foghat since 1975 - lived in Maine with his family; he has deep-seeded memories of massive snowfalls and chilly autumn days picking potatoes in Aroostook County.
Sequel fails to capture groundbreaking spirit of original
Whether you loved it or hated it, there’s no denying that 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” proved to be a groundbreaking film. The microbudget found-footage horror thriller was a game changer – not just in stylistic terms, but in marketing terms as well. It offered a new path to making movies and to selling them.
Film fails to capitalize on compelling story, excellent performances
The ability to tackle controversial figures and/or subjects is one of the greatest powers the cinema possesses. Filmmakers can use their art to tell stories that they feel need telling in the manner in which they feel those stories need to be told.
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