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Action film marred by bad story and even worse special effects

The first two months of the year tend to offer pretty slim pickings in terms of quality films. The simple truth is that January and February serve largely as dumping grounds for films that, for whatever reason, simply didn't live up to studio expectations.

Yes, there's the occasional outlier 'Deadpool' is Exhibit A from 2016 but for the most part, this is where films are simply abandoned so that they might hopefully just go away. And usually, that's just what happens.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 07:14

Celeb Slab - (03-02-2016)

Krazy Katt

Celebrity Slam is a numbers game we need to fill this space every week, and so we are profoundly grateful to those famous people who can't go two days without saying or doing something ridiculous and/or awful. Your Biebers, your Kardashians, your Kanyes these are the entitled idiots that really drive this feature.

However, there is something to be said for quality as well. There are a few celebs out there who, while their appearances are rarer than those made by the aforementioned regulars, make up for their infrequency by being just batst when they DO turn up. Randy Quaid and Charlie Sheen have fallen into that role for me.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:58

Weird National Briefs (03-02-2016)

Two great tastes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two Albuquerque Girls Scouts have picked an unusual spot to sell Girl Scout cookies _ a marijuana dispensary.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop Saturday outside medical marijuana dispensary Ultra Health and sold more than 60 boxes.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:52

Glimpses of the future

When you're hanging out with your little kids sometimes really little, sometimes older you get these flashes of insight into what they're going to be like in the distant or not so distant future. Sometimes it's a certain look they get. One that is so adult and clear that you are taken aback by it you can see before you the adult they are going to be, right before they spill their milk all over the dining room table.

Other times it's an attitude or a tone of voice that jet-propels you into exactly what you think the teenage years are going to be. Sometimes it's a casual dismissal of your foolish suggestion.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:41

A fairly well-run Race'

Jesse Owens biopic a decent effort

I'm a sucker for inspirational movies. I'm also a sucker for sports movies. So an inspirational sports movie is definitely in my wheelhouse particularly if it is also a period piece that tells a true story.

All the pieces are there for 'Race,' a film based on the story of the many obstacles faced by track star Jesse Owens during his rise to fame that culminated in an historic performance for reasons athletic and otherwise at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. While it is a bit uneven in spots, the overall effect is an engaging, compelling story that certainly warrants telling to a new generation.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:26

People on the Move (02-24-2016)

New counselor joins Health Affiliates Maine

AUBURN - Health Affiliates Maine, a statewide substance abuse and mental health agency, announces the recent hiring of Kim Morrison, LMSW-CC. Morrison joins Health Affiliates Maine's growing team of affiliate counselors as a Licensed Master Social Worker. She will be providing therapy for young adults, adults, couples and the immigrant-refugee population in both the Lewiston-Auburn and Augusta areas.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:07

Don't stop relieving Urinetown'

UMaine School of Performing Arts presents satirical musical

ORONO What if it weren't free to pee?

From that seemingly absurd question springs 'Urinetown,' written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman. The musical directed by Tom Mikotowicz - is being produced by the University Of Maine School Of Performing Arts. Performances are at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus; the show runs through Feb. 28.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:05

Bye, Boo

Thoughts on Harper Lee

'The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.' Atticus Finch, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

My love for Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is well-documented. I consider it to be the greatest American novel of the 20th century. I also believe the 1962 film version to be one of the century's finest pieces of American cinema. In addition, the stage version provided me with one of the most rewarding performance experiences of my life.

I really like 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' is what I'm saying.

Published in Happenings

With two new albums, a Grammy Award, and the loss of two band-mates (on the same day), the past few weeks have been a little surreal for Marty Balin, founder of legendary San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for Jefferson Starship.

On Feb. 15, Balin and the members of Jefferson Airplane were feted by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 10:32

Celebrating cinema with the Oscars 2016

Predicting the 2016 Academy Award winners

It's that time of year again, folks. Time for Hollywood to dress up and throw statues at one another in a whirlwind of self-celebration and ego stroking.

That's right it's Oscar time!

I'll be the first to admit that I love the Academy Awards while also acknowledging that they are growing increasingly irrelevant and out of touch. I love the movies and this is the biggest celebration of cinema on the American pop culture calendar.

Published in Cover Story
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