Words, words, words
As a lover of the written word, I was intrigued when I first heard about “The Words.” The idea of a movie built around the nature of authorship and the siren’s song of literary fame and fortune sounded pretty good to me. But then a simple, fundamental question occurred to me - can they actually make this interesting?For me at least, the answer was “yes.”3 out of 5 - Read full review
'Premium Rush' delivers - kind of
Let’s be clear: Right now, we’re in the process of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt become a movie star. He’s pulled supporting roles in epic Hollywood blockbusters (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”) and led the way in more intimate fare (“50/50,” “500 Days of Summer”).So why, you might ask, is he doing a movie about bike messengers?3 out of 5 - Read full review
'Hit and Run' more run than hit
August’s end also marks the end of the summer movie season. This means that the last couple of weeks of that month are the repository for many of the studios’ also-rans. These are films that don’t fit the blockbuster bill, nor do they warrant inclusion in the fall’s lineup of more sophisticated movies. Calling it a wasteland is probably harsh, but not overly so.1.5 out of 5 - Read full review
'The Expendables 2' explodes
How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with “The Expendables 2,” the second installment in Stallone’s ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.5 out of 5 - Read full review
A vote of confidence for ‘The Campaign’
2012 is an election year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see politically themed movies make the scene over these next few weeks leading up to November. What is surprising – at least a bit – is who fired the first satiric salvo of the season.It’s Will Ferrell.4 out of 5 - Read full review
Fifth time is not the charm
‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ a waste of time and money
Even when you’re a regular moviegoer, there are always films that are going to fall through the cracks for whatever reason. Maybe you’re not a fan of the genre, maybe the trailers turned you off, maybe there was just something better to see – regardless, you can’t see them all.
When those movies are parts of an ongoing series, it becomes easier to ignore the franchise with each subsequent film, since you’re getting farther and farther away from the “origin story,” as it were. But if you’re like me, you eventually give in just to see what the fuss is all about.
The Gracie goes for the gusto
A wide variety of offerings populate theater’s debut season
BANGOR – The Gracie Theatre has announced the lineup for its inaugural 2012-2013 season.
The theatre, located on the campus of Husson University in Bangor, will be bringing four different touring performances to the Gracie stage this season. In addition, the Gracie will be offering a classical music series as well as a number of other events – both live and filmed.
Enraptured by ‘Nerds’
Novel offers satiric look at post-Singularity society
When speculative fiction is at its best, it transcends genre. It becomes a literature of ideas, and if it those ideas are presented in the context of good storytelling, so much the better. Bringing together thoughtful, polished prose and well-developed and fully-realized characters makes for an outstanding foundation upon which to build a vision of the future, be it a millennium away or merely years.
“The Rapture of the Nerds” (Tor; $24.99), co-authored by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, serves as a first-rate example of just how great – and how much fun – the literature of speculation can be.
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