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Arts and Entertainment

  • NEW BOOKS AT LIBRARY-NOV.-DEC.

    FICTION
    Michael Connelly — “The Black Box.”
    Robin Cook — “Nano.”
    Joy Fielding — “Shadow Creek.”
    James Patterson and Mark Pearson — “Private London.”
    Karen Robards — “Shiver.”
    Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney — “Threat Victor.”
    Chris Ewan — “Safe House.”
    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child — “Two Graves.”
    NONFICTION
    Oliver W. Sacks — “Hallucinations.”

  • ‘Playing for Keeps’

    Let’s face it. After the Oscar-searching films of the last couple of weeks, this can only be a letdown. Except for Gerard Butler, the rest of the cast is doomed to play supporting roles. Are these the best they could find?

  • Passing the 13th amendment

    This may be the definitive film about the ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation. When this film begins at the beginning of 1865, Abraham Lincoln had already issued this Proclamation as an Executive Order. Lincoln struggles to end the Civil War and to get the civil rights order past the Congress. Daniel Day-Lewis is immaculately accurate as the President. Sally Field lets us know that all around her, people are whispering about her “mad times,” but letting her confidants know that she’s not as loony as they believe.

  • Talk, talk. Bang! Talk, talk. Bang, bang! And more.

  • ‘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.