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Arts and Entertainment

  • Not your usual teddy bear story

    Toward the end of this film, his girlfriend says to John, “I need a man, not a teddy-bear loving boy.” That about sums up the relationship between John (Mark Wahlberg) and Lori (Mila Kunis). As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since — a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship. But that’s not the only problem.

  • ‘Brave’ Animated 3D comedy of old Scotland

    Once upon a time there was a princess who was a tomboy. She never got to do what her three younger ginger-haired brothers did, nor did she get the same attention. Why? Because she was a girl in olden times, and she had to do what princesses did. But Merida (voiced by Kelly McDonald) would have none of that, even to the point of putting her mother, the Queen (Emma Thompson), into danger. In addition to having a head full of flaming red hair, Merida was as stubborn as her mother was beautiful and her father (Billy Connolly) was brave.

  • ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’: A really grim, Grimm fairy tale

    Between “Once upon a time…” and “They lived happily ever after,” there’s an excess of gloominess in Snow White’s kingdom. A once fruitful and beautiful woodland is now the dark forest where death and madness lurk. But it is there that a fleeing princess meets the seven little men and her hunter and begins the process of bringing  light back into the kingdom.

  • ‘Men in Black 3’ Don’t ask a question to which you don’t want to know the answer

  • ‘Battleship’ The battle for Earth begins on the sea

    Any resemblance between this movie and the Hasbro board game is purely accidental. But that doesn’t stop it from being an explosive, special effects driven film. It’s two hours of yelling ‘Hooray’ for the red-white-and-blue. There is a hero, lots of fiery battle scenes, and once again aliens have arrived to take over Earth. Don’t they know that invasions have been tried and always have failed?

  • ‘Think like a Man’

     In “Think like a Man” we have all types of personalities and methods as mature young adults engage in romance or mating. But when the ladies find a self-help book on getting their way with men, then the rules are all thrown away. Of course, the men don’t know what has hit them.

  • Glendale resident writes ‘Kentucky Bourbon Experience’

    A Hardin County man combined his appreciation for one of Kentucky’s signature products with his 30 years of photography experience. The result is a book called “The Kentucky Bourbon Experience.”

    “I’ve been drinking bourbon for years and had an interest in the bourbon industry,” Leon Howlett said.

    The Glendale resident said he began work on the book about two and a half years ago. It includes images from eight distilleries around Kentucky plus a sense of the Bluegrass state.

  • ‘Mirror, Mirror’

    I don’t have to tell you the story of Snow White. Just let me tell you that this is the first of two films re-telling this fairy tale, each with its own peculiar twists. These are not exactly “Fractured Fairy Tales” but their satire and irony come close. “Mirror, Mirror” stars Julia Roberts as a bipolar queen who is often funny in odd ways but sinister in others. In this often funny Snow White legend, forget the classic Disney version because no one sings, the dwarfs are highwaymen and have different names, and the Prince is awkward.

  • ‘The Hunger Games’ Kentuckians help bring an epic adventure to the movie screen

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