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Arts and Entertainment

  • Episcopal Church concert series to continue

  • ‘King’s Speech’: Even princes have to overcome obstacles

    This 2011 Academy Award nominated film is a quintessential British movie about events which most of us have little remembrance. The royal family in the early 1900s was visited by misfortunes. One son, John, was an epileptic and was hidden until his death at age 13. Another son George (Bertie) was a stutterer and kept out of the public eye. The eldest son, Edward, had all the good graces and would have made a good king (so the story goes) until he met and fell in love with the married American woman, Wallis Simpson.

  • The Green Hornet: A mediocre spoof, or a bad action film?

  • Derby Dinner’s ‘Weekend Comedy’

  • Reviewing the films of 2010

    I found few films this past year which I reviewed which were exciting or intellectually stimulating. The closing holiday season was almost dull as I searched for films opening locally to review. For example “Little Fockers” opened about 30 percent lower than the preceding sequel. This year’s box office totals have been down for this last seven weeks compared to last year. This year’s period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s didn’t live up to the usual block-buster season. When asked to comment, an industry executive replied, “Painful.”

  • ‘How Do You Know?’ What? When you’re in love?

    Rating: 7

  • ‘The Tourist’: Who is Alexander Pierce, and where is the money?

    This film has a split personality. It doesn’t know whether it’s an action film or a character-driven mystery with a twist at the end. There are sections that simply lie there while other scenes are ripe with action and humor. There are obviously scenes that have been left out. For example, when Frank (Johnny Depp) is put in a jail cell with a giant of a man (Ralf Moeller), nothing happens. We see the man lying on his cot; then the scene is over.

  • ‘127 Hours’: One man’s awful ordeal

    Could you chop off your arm to keep from dying? “127 Hours” is the harrowing story of a canyon explorer who has to make that decision, when he finds himself alone with his arm wedged under a huge boulder. James Franco (“Spiderman”) puts on a riveting one-man show in the wilderness as Aron Ralston, real-life canyoneer. You might ask if his nightmare can be maintained over the course of a full-length movie. The answer is a resounding “Yes” but many times it is difficult to watch.

  • Christmas Music Concert to be at Nazareth Dec. 5

    The Silver and Strings Chamber Music Ensemble will present a free concert, “Christmas Celebration and Inspiration,” 6 p.m. Dec. 5  in the drawing rooms of O’Connell Hall at the Nazareth Campus.

    The program includes pieces from the Nutcracker Suite and traditional and non-traditional arrangements of favorite carols.

    The ensemble involves several local musicians singing and playing flute, violin, cello, clarinet and piano.

  • Movie Review: 'Burlesque'

    There’s lots of jiggling and wriggling but very little flesh as one might expect in an old-time stripper burlesque. “Burlesque” is a very safe story within the context of this distinct musical revue. Cher, in her first film in seven years, takes a mentoring role to create her new persona in Christina Aguilera. Most of the sensual innuendo is left to the imagination. There is one Sally Rand type of strip. Actually Cam Gigandet shows more skin. An “expose” is not this film’s intention.