Today's Features

  • “Fred Claus” has everything we expect in a holiday film, and that’s the trouble. There’s nothing special, nothing that makes our minds say “That’s cute,” “Whee, I love it!” or “Wow.” However there are moments when you’ll wonder, “How’d they do that?” For example, the actor (John Michael Higgins) playing one of the principal elves Willie, is a normal-sized man whom you will recognize from dozens of supporting roles on television.

  • Remember when you were a kid and the thought of the holidays filled you to the brim with joy? For those who have lost a loved one or suffered a setback, the holidays can feel pretty hollow. Holiday cheer can be hard to come by if you’re facing a loss.

  • Much needed rain fell in Kentuckiana a couple of weeks ago; here at the farm we got almost 9 inches in the rain gauge. Cooler temperatures, a touch of frost and some near freezing nights are timely because it allows our plants to make the transition into dormancy. I was worried that warm weather might follow the rains which could have stimulated new growth after a rather unpleasant season of heat and drought. The best scenario is to stay cool so plants do what they are supposed to do this time of the year.

  • Frank Lucas will do anything, including coldblooded murder to gain and protect the riches and power of his illegal drug empire in the Harlem section of New York. “American Gangster” is the tale of two powerful men, one on each side of the law, who want to destroy each other in the early 1970s. Contributing to the crisis is the presence of crooked cops in New York City. This film becomes even more vibrant because of the brilliant acting of its two leading actors, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

  • First things first: I know that a vast majority of people viewing this film will have already seen the first three chapters of the mayhem of Jigsaw, perhaps the most inventive villain in cinematic horror. “Saw IV” continues that level of ingenuity even though Jigsaw died in “Saw III.” Hollywood will not let a money-making franchise die through pure logic. There has to be a gimmick. In this movie, we see Jigsaw/John through flashbacks while realizing that someone else is carrying on his work in the present.

  • DEAR ABBY: After reading your response to “Desperate Mom in Miami,” who was being married and wasn’t sure if she should take her 4-year-old son on her honeymoon because she was afraid he’d be traumatized if he was left for 12 days, I have to respond. Of course he will be traumatized if his mother leaves him for that long!

  • “Wait Until Dark” is a taut drama which encourages the audience to expect that heroine Susy Hendrix will take back her home from invading thieves. But Derby Dinner Playhouse’s production fails to create that expectation. All the elements are there, but the directing is so by-the-numbers that we are left out. The blind Susy (Janet Essenpreis) is at the mercy of anyone who invades her home, but if she can get the apartment in darkness then she has leveled the playing field.


    Bardstown Rotary Club. Talbott Tavern, noon.

    T.O.P.S. No. 262. Civic Center, weigh-in, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, noon.

    Al-Anon. Meeting for friends and families of alcoholics, 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown.

    Queen of Nelson No. 87 O.E.S.P.H.A. 7:30 p.m. at the lodge hall.

    Scout Troop 147. 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall.

    Alcoholics Anonymous. 8 p.m. each Wednesday at Russell Hall, Nazareth, (alcoholics only). For more information, call 349-1671.


    Parade of American Music Program set

  • Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.