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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:25

Holy Wha! ‘Escanaba In Da Moonlight’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANGOR – Many theatre patrons probably don’t associate Jeff Daniels with the stage. You might think of his Emmy-winning turn in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” one of his various Golden Globe-nominated roles or appearances in notable films - yes, even “Dumb and Dumber.”

But he’s also recently received a Tony nomination for Broadway’s “Blackbird,” and in his home state of Michigan, he’s known as the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, where he wrote and produced “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” 

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:49

ImprovAcadia bringing laughs to Bangor

BANGOR – One of Maine’s preeminent improv theaters is going to spending some time right here in Bangor.

Bar Harbor’s ImprovAcadia will be bringing their brand of made-up-on-the-spot laughs to 51 Main Street over the coming weeks leading up to the kickoff of their 15th season at their theater on MDI.

They’ve already put together an interesting slate of programming – they’ll be doing versions of their standard show, of course, but there will also be a number of more specialized shows that will feature not just IA veterans, but players drawn from all corners of this region’s thriving improv community.

Here's a look at what’s coming:

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One of the realities of Hollywood’s love of sequels, remakes and reboots is that you’re guaranteed a fairly wide range of quality, though history shows that you’re much more likely to get a dud than a diamond. The most effective projects seem to be the ones that can manage to update a property while still retaining the aspects that made them successful in the first place.

That said, be honest – you’ve probably never spoken aloud (or even thought) the sentence “I sure would like to see an updated reboot of the 1995 family film ‘Jumanji’ – preferably starring The Rock.”

And yet that’s what we’ve gotten with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” It probably seems odd to be getting a movie like this some two decades after the original, but that’s not even the biggest surprise about the whole thing. The biggest surprise?

It’s actually pretty good.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:50

‘The Disaster Artist’ anything but

James Franco shines behind, in front of the camera

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:49

Voice change - ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Comedy sequel strikes some odd notes

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:14

Amazon’s latest a Van Damme good one

“Jean-Claude Van Johnson” an absurd action parody

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:07

‘Just Getting Started’ gets old fast

Recent years have seen a proliferation of cinematic subgenres that consist of “old person does X.” Sometimes it works – old guy action movies have become a personal favorite. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t – see the spate of old person comedies awash in hijinks and/or shenanigans. Those are occasionally OK, but for the most part, they tend to be dull, derivative or both, failing to do anything beyond lean on their thin premises and jab you in the ribs while suggestively waggling their eyebrows. 

Published in Movies
Friday, 01 December 2017 11:33

Learning to fly – ‘Lady Bird’

We’re going to go ahead and dispense with the formalities on this one. No need to bury the lede – “Lady Bird” is an absolutely exceptional film, one of the funniest, most honest, most genuine coming of age stories we’ve seen on the big screen in years.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:39

Father knows worst – ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

‘Tis the season for parentally-titled holiday-themed comedy sequels, apparently.

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Friday, 03 November 2017 11:01

Yule regret ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Holiday sequel all F-bombs, no feelings

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