Arts & Culture

Movies: "2 Guns"

Movies: "2 Guns"

 

Actually, there are a lot more than two guns in this slickly-made action movie.  

 

There are a couple of direct references to the work of the late, great action director Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch”):  a scene in which a band of Mexican banditos do some target practice on chickens buried in the desert sand (“Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”) and another bandito’s lopped-off head glimpsed in a satchel (“Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”).  But Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) amps up the action even more than Peckinpah did.  (The screenplay by Blake Masters is based on the appropriately-named Boom!

Fall Festival Fair

Celebrate a handmade autumn! Our Fall Festival Fair will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00-3:00 at the Nasson Community Center, 457 Main Street in Springvale, Maine. The fair combines fine arts and crafts with a touch of whimsy! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, free admission. While shopping, enjoy a homemade lunch in our cafe. FMI please call 324.3191.

Movies: "Fruitvale Station"

Movies: "Fruitvale Station"

Arriving on the heels of the George Zimmerman trial, this is a fact-based movie about another horrific incident: the fatal shooting of an unarmed, young black man by an Oakland, California transit cop.  It happened on the morning of New Year’s Day, 2009, and sparked protests and violence around the San Francisco area. 

Michael B. Jordan (who played Wallace in “The Wire”) is Oscar Grant, a 22-year old with a loving girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and a cherubic daughter, Tatiana (7-year old Ariana Neal).  But Oscar is no saint.  When we first encounter him, Sophina is furious over an affair he’s had with another woman.  He’s just lost his job at a supermarket for chronic lateness, and (speaking of chronic) he’s got an ounce of marijuana to peddle.

Movies: "The To Do List"

Movies: "The To Do List"

 

What’s not to like about Aubrey Plaza?  Her deadpan role as April Ludgate on “Parks & Recreation” is second only to Nick Offerman’s meat chomping Ron Swanson among the supporting players of that great cast.  She was also good in last year’s quirky time-travel movie, “Safety Not Guaranteed.”

 

But unfortunately, she just doesn’t have the chops to carry this teen sex comedy to a higher level than most others.

 

Movies: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Movies: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Do you know these names:  Lisa Fischer, Patti Austin, Stevvi Alexander, Claudia Lennear or Tata Vega?  If you love rock ‘n’ roll or soul music, you should.  They’re the sweet-sounding background singers who’ve provided depth and harmony to virtually every hit record of the past forty years, performing alongside everyone from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson.

Now they’re finally getting their due in an absolutely sensational movie titled “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Two for the Show

Two for the Show

Join us Saturday, August 17th at 7:00pm at the Sanford UU Church, 5 Lebanon Street in Sanford, for a concert with Valerie Reid and Karen Stathoplos. Tickets are $10.00 per person or $25.00 for a family and are available at the door. FMI 324-3191, www.sanforduuchurch.org or find us on Facebook.

Valerie Kuhn Reid has lived in the Kennebunks for 36 years, but hails from Chicago.  She has been the Kennebunk High School theatre teacher and play director for 17 years.  Some of her favorite performance roles are Maria in The Sound of Music, Babe in Crimes of the Heart and Carrie in Carousel with Karen playing Julie Jordan.  Valerie and Karen sang together for their two woman cabaret show: Broadway When it Sizzles and were both players in the improv group Mixed Nuts.  Valerie is mom to Matthew, Lance and Laura, partner of singer/songwriter Bob Danzilo and proud new grandma to Brooks Henry.