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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is crazy good

Brilliant comedy easily surpasses high expectations

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 22:51

Short and sweet

The 2014 Manhattan Short Film Festival

As a rule, I spend most of my movie-watching time on mainstream feature films. That's just the nature of the beast; part of my job is to see the (occasional) best and (far more frequent) worst that the major Hollywood studios have to offer.

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It was a horrific crime that made national headlines in 1989; a young woman, jogging late at night through New York City's Central Park, was brutally raped and left to die. After a media-fueled public furor, five young black and Hispanic boys were arrested and interrogated for 30 hours.  Four of the boys confessed to the crime but in a shocking twist 12 years later, the actual rapist, already serving a life sentence for other crimes, admitted that he committed the crime alone which was confirmed with DNA evidence.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:31

Barrymore' comes to The Grand

ELLSWORTH - The Grand celebrates stage icon John Barrymore with a new high definition film: 'Barrymore' a captured-live stage production starring Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Movies on the Midcoast with CIFF

Camden International Film Festival marks eighth year

CAMDEN Documentary filmmakers are descending on midcoast Maine to take part in the latest incarnation of the Camden International Film Festival, taking place in and around Camden from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30.

CIFF is entering its eighth year and in that relatively short time has become one of the preeminent documentary film festivals both in the United States and in the world. The festival aims to provide a fully immersive theatergoing experience. Not only is the festival offering screenings of 70-plus films spread across four primary venues (the Opera House and Bayview Street Cinema in Camden, the Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland), but they also offer a variety of Q&A sessions with filmmakers, as well as related events such as the Points North Forum and Panoptic.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:53

Husson University presents 'The Dhamma Brothers'

A look at meditation, the U.S. prison system and education

BANGOR - Husson University's School of Science and Humanities is proud to present The Dhamma Brothers, a dramatic documentary about teaching meditation in the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a high security prison in Alabama. The movie will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre. A short presentation will precede the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:09

Local film pro leads blockbuster life

SOUTHWEST HARBOR Somewhere on the Maine coast, a middle-aged man, Rusty, shouts, 'It was a freak accident, Maynard! When are you going to get over that?!'

Maynard, seen in the film's frame from behind, grabs Rusty.

'You'll never know what it's like to see your only son's baseball cap float away with the tide, will ya?' he says, as Thom Willey, the production's first assistant cameraman, shifts the focus from Maynard to Rusty's face, which now dominates the frame and whose expression responds to Maynard's anguish.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:07

A few fine films for fall

With the shift in the seasons, we also get a bit of a shift in our cinematic offerings. After a summer that featured blockbuster after blockbuster, a season of nine-figure box office dynamos led by all-time high-grossing superhero movies such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' things are calming down a bit this fall.

That's not to imply that there aren't some potentially great films coming out over the coming months.

The fall of 2012 has an awful lot to offer. You've got the triumphant return of a great director with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master.' You've got a once-in-a-generation talent like Daniel Day-Lewis taking on the title role in the biopic 'Lincoln.' There's melodrama and intrigue, goofy animation and gritty science fiction. It looks like there could be some really good movies coming our way.

And also 'Twilight.'

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