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Thursday, July 18, 2013

In the western genre of motion pictures, "The Lone Ranger" ranks right up there with the more unusual.

While not as odd as "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), it's not in the classic style of director Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" (1992), "3:10 to Yuma" (the 2007 version and 1957 original) or director John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956), starring John Wayne.

However, "The Lone Ranger," despite the reviling reactions of many movie critics, has a lot to recommend it.

It is one of the wildest of movies about the Wild West as you're likely to see.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead Band, is the next performer on the grand stage of Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert will be held Wednesday, July 24.

Lesh played bass guitar with the Grateful Dead throughout their 30 year career.

Ticket sales are brisk for this concert and there exists a good possibility it could be a sellout.

Friday, July 12, 2013

It's going to be a very busy weekend at Penn's Peak.

Three events are scheduled. They are:

Ÿ Tonight - 7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door.

Ÿ Saturday - Raymond the Amish Comic, 8 p.m. Opening is guest comedian Chipps Cooney. Tickets are $20 at the door. This event contains adult humor.

Ÿ Sunday - Arrival, the music of Abba, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The best things about "Monsters University" occur before and after the animated feature film.

"The Blue Umbrella," a film short preceding "MU," is many of the things that "MU" is not. "Blue Umbrella" is imaginatively to the point, original and thoroughly entertaining.

After the credits conclude for "MU," there is a scene about a snail character, introduced early in the film as he makes his way slowly to class. The outcome of his progress is in the post-credits scene, which is also many of the things that "MU" is not. The scene is very funny, clever and efficient.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us and it's called "World War Z."

That's "Z" as in zombie.

And the only person standing between us and the end of the world as we know it is Brad Pitt, who portrays a former United Nations official called back into service and tasked to find the antidote to a zombie pandemic.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
The rock band TESLA will be performing in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The summer line-up is in full swing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, featuring all genres of concerts as well as weekly deck parties.

Tonight, it's vintage pop as the "Happy Together" tour stops at the venue. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and features The Turtles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night.

Tomorrow night, the rock band Tesla will be on the spacious stage.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Eddie and Flo of The Turtles

One of the finest assemblages of oldies groups has occurred with the "Happy Together Tour."

There's Eddie and Flo of the Turtles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere, and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night.

Tomorrow night, the Happy Together Tour makes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe with showtime at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $44.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Man of Steel" is the latest makeover in the 75-year history of the ever-evolving Superman.

"Man of Steel," seen in the 3D Imax format for this review, is super in every way imaginable: super computer-generated special effects, super action, super chest-pounding loud and super long.

Yes, "Man of Steel" is super-sized.

Getting format choices out of the way first and it's a certainly a choice, as you can see "Man of Steel" in 2D, 3D, Imax and 3D Imax I think it's unnecessary to see the movie in 3D Imax, but Michael "Movie Maven" Gontkosky begs to differ.

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Shadow Dancer" is on its most basic level a rehash of the classic Irish conundrum: how to deal with informers. Victor McLaglen, the big, bluff brawler whom Hollywood hired whenever they needed a stereotypical Irishman, cast the mold in John Ford's 1935 classic, "The Informer." Director David Lean - he of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago" fame - weighed in with "Ryan's Daughter" in 1970. Sarah Miles plays Rosy Ryan, the bored wife of aging Robert Mitchum.

Friday, June 21, 2013

That's not unusual because the films of "Frances Ha" director Noah Baumbach are noted for his skewed takes and skewering of this American life, including "Kicking and Screaming" (1995), "Mr Jealousy" (1997), "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), "Margo at The Wedding" (2007) and "Greenberg" (2010).