Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:12

Pugwash returning to Portland

Written by Mike Dow

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.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:58

Great escapes

Written by Allen Adams

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.

Friday, 23 September 2016 14:06

Special delivery – ‘Storks’

Written by Allen Adams

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.

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:03

‘The Magnificent Seven’ worth a shot

Written by Allen Adams

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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:52

An unauthorized autobiography

Written by Allen Adams

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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:42

The mystery of faith – ‘The Wonder’

Written by Allen Adams

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. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:29

Paying tribute to The Band

Written by Mike Dow

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.  

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:20

Into the woods…again – ‘Blair Witch’

Written by Allen Adams

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.

Friday, 16 September 2016 17:34

The eyes have it - 'Snowden'

Written by Allen Adams

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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