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  • America, the vengeful – ‘The Purge: Anarchy’
    America, the vengeful – ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

    Sequel offers grislier, more ambitious tale

    Last year’s “The Purge” was one of those films that – while not a spectacular effort – stuck with me. The basic concept – an alternate future America in which the government has initiated a nationwide annual purge which meant that all crime (including murder) was legal for 12 hours – was an intriguing one. Granted, the film never explored that notion as much as I might have liked – it was essentially a pumped-up home invasion thriller – but there seemed to be a good deal of potential there.

  • ‘Sex Tape’ should have been deleted
    ‘Sex Tape’ should have been deleted

    Inexplicable comedy neither sexy nor funny

    Why is it so difficult to make a successful summer comedy these days? 

  • More monkey business – ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
    More monkey business – ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

    Sequel a smart and engaging action offering

    Like many others, I have occasionally succumbed to the temptation to dismiss Hollywood’s recent slate of effects-laden sequels and reboots as derivative money grabs, devoid of any true meaning – more artifice than art. Sure, some of them are a lot of fun, but there isn’t much beyond that. In general, that attitude – while perhaps a bit overly broad – has merit. 

  • The Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to The Public Theatre
    The Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to The Public Theatre

    LEWISTON - Filmgoers in Lewiston Maine will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30, and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.

    Of the 626 entries received from 48 countries, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include Australia, Finland, England, Ireland, France and the USA in what festival organizers describe as the “United Nations of Film Festivals.”

  • Full-swing farce – ‘The Fox on the Fairway’
    Full-swing farce – ‘The Fox on the Fairway’

    PTC opens 40th season with golf comedy

    BANGOR – Anyone who has played the game of golf knows that no matter how seriously you take the game, there are always going to be moments where you just can’t help but laugh. Whether you’re talking about slices, hook, shanks or even just ridiculous clothing, there’s always humor to be found on the link. 

    Penobscot Theatre Company has teed up some golf-related giggles of their own to open the 2013-2014 season. PTC is presenting the Ken Ludwig farce “The Fox on the Fairway” at the Bangor Opera House. The show, directed by Orono native Shelley Butler, runs through Sept. 22.

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