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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:28

Where there’s ‘Smoke’…

Written by Allen Adams

Novel explores a world where sin cannot be hidden

I’ve long been a proponent of that subset of speculative fiction known as alternate history. There’s so much wonderful potential in the notion of exploring the many differences that can spin off from a single fundamental change. And if that change introduces a fantastical element, so much the better.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:26

‘The Nice Guys’ finish first

Written by Allen Adams

Buddy comedy an entertaining throwback

If you’ve watched and enjoyed any sort of action-oriented buddy comedy over the past three decades, you owe a debt of gratitude to Shane Black. Black’s screenplay for “Lethal Weapon” back in 1987 essentially defined that particular style; things have shifted and evolved in the 30 years since, but the basic DNA is still there.

“Sorority Rising” a rehash, but not without its own crass charms

Here in the summer season, we talk a lot about the relative necessity of sequels; we see plenty of them during this segment of the cinematic calendar, after all. To be clear, this isn’t about franchise-building. This is about sequels to films that, while successful to some degree, don’t appear to really invite revisiting.

BANGOR - Robinson Ballet Executive Director Stevie McGary and Robinson Ballet Board President Matthew Skaves have announced that Artistic Directors Keith and Maureen Robinson will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season. Their final performance was on Sunday, May 22 following the finale of the children’s matinee “Aladdin.”

BANGOR – The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront has released the second round of artists scheduled to appear at the three-day event in August. The latest announcement includes A Capella Gospel, Bluegrass Piano, Cajun, Quebecois, Maine Fiddle Music, Chicago Blues, and a New Orleans Parade Band.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:56

Watching the world burn – ‘The Fireman’

Written by Allen Adams

Joe Hill’s latest a sweeping and compelling thriller

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:50

Penobscot Music Festival returns

Written by Mike Dow

Third festival hits the stage on May 29

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:41

Another year of All Roads

Written by Allen Adams

Music festival returns to Belfast for second year

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:25

Taking stock of ‘Money Monster’

Written by Allen Adams

Financial drama lacks energy and urgency

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:22

Clichéd creepiness – ‘The Darkness’

Written by Allen Adams

Poorly conceived horror offering dull and derivative

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