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Arts and Entertainment

  • ‘Life of Pi’: A beautiful, frightening movie that teaches a lesson about God

    “Life of Pi” is perhaps the most beautiful movie I have seen. One scene is unforgettable. It is nighttime and a phosphorescent glow rises from the ocean depths surrounding the lifeboat and the sea life around it. This is where the 3-D kicks in, making the ocean a bottomless pit of glowing phantoms. Other scenes are nearly as astonishing. But we mustn’t forget the Bengal tiger. He is a frightful demon until Pi (Suraj Sharma) forces a truce between them, and proves the cruel lesson demonstrated to him by his father to be less than true.

  • ‘Cloud Atlas’: Journeys into the past, present and future

    Def: cloud atlas — A pictorial key to the names of clouds. Early cloud atlases were an important part in the training of meteorologists and in weather forecasting. One author in a 1923 atlas stated that “increasing use of air in transportation will require and lead to a detailed knowledge of all the secrets of cloud building.” “Cloud Atlas” tells us how the secrets of human relationships can affect the actions and futures of how people will interact.

  • Patterson’s detective stumbles through assassinations

  • Bardstown author finishes latest book

    In a world where myth gives rise to legend, and history veils the truth, a charming and imaginative young boy named Toby and his resourceful cousin Colby uncover a dark secret buried deep beneath the grounds of an abandoned rock quarry. Join them on their exciting adventures in this coming-of-age story, as they suddenly discover the astonishing truths about their world — truths that will change their lives forever.

  • Exhibit opening at Bardstown Art Gallery

    The Bardstown Art Gallery will open an exhibition, “The Barn Revisited/Vanishing Americana,” watercolors by Jim Cantrell on  Saturday from 4-7 p.m. The gallery is located at at 214 W. Stephen Foster Ave.

  • ‘Argo’: Americans rescued during 1979 Iranian overthrow

     Problem: After the Shah is overthrown in Iran and dozens of American staff members are taken hostage, how can the U.S. rescue six other Americans who have hidden in the Canadian Embassy? Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue these Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

  • Inevitably it ends with a hail of bullets

    For LAPD officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena), their careers have been achievements, one after another. They were devoted to each other off duty and watched each other’s back on duty. They incurred the jealousy of other officers because their aggressiveness led to arrest after arrest. But then they went too far and called attention to themselves from other more secretive government agencies.

  • Movie Review: 'Hit and Run'

    Film rating: 6

    I really wanted to like this film because I’m a big fan of Kristin Bell (TV’s “Veronica Mars”), but several things bothered me.

    First and foremost these characters talk very intelligently on important topics.

    Then they turn around and do stupid and silly things. This film seems to focus on racism and sexism, and then we are expected to like the central hero who is blatantly homophobic.

  • ‘The Bourne Legacy’: Jason Bourne wasn’t the only assassin U.S. agencies trained

    So, Jason Bourne is no more, and there are no more Robert Ludlum mysteries? But there are more of those experimental human weapons around. And Aaron Cross continues as another dead soldier with chemically induced powers. But you already know that from watching the previous “Bourne” films.

    Unlike Bourne (Matt Damon), Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner, “The Avengers,” “The Hurt Locker”) knows who he is and what he is supposed to do.

  • New system cancels auto registration when insurance dropped

    Under a new federal law, auto insurance companies are required to maintain electronic records of who is insured.

    If a person drops his insurance, he will receive a letter of notification stating he has 30 days to provide verification to the state that he has liability insurance on his vehicle.

    Failure to do so will result in a cancellation of motor vehicle registration.