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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn't ask for two more disparate films than "Mr. Holmes" and "Amy."

Each, for wildly different reasons, merits seeing. Those who see "Mr. Holmes" may not like "Amy," and vice versa.

"Mr. Holmes" can be chiefly recommended for Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes losing his razor-sharp memory and analysis. There's lots of life and wit in the old gentleman, conveyed in a sprightly, nuanced and absorbing performance by McKellen.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"45RPM A Tribute to the '70s AM Radio Hits" at Penn's Peak has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

All tickets for the concert, which was scheduled for this Friday, will be honored for the October show.

The band formed in September of 2010 after six seasoned musicians found themselves stuck in a rehearsal room. They challenged each other to a game of "What's the cheesiest song you remember from the good old days of Top 40 AM radio?" The result? 45RPM.

The band is know for playing note-perfect renditions of songs from the heyday of AM radio.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
David Johnson/Discovery Communications via AP Veteran animal trainer Bill Berloni poses with Taran, who was trained to play Winn-Dixie in the movie "Because of Winn-Dixie," on his farm in Higganum, Connecticut. When he isn't performing or modeling, Taran likes to lean on people. Both Berloni and Taran will be in the upcoming Discovery Family Channel show "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," which debuts on Aug. 6.

LOS ANGELES (AP) For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real.

The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once the animal actors retire, he brings them home to join his 30 dogs, one cat, farm animals and singing macaw that swears like a sailor.

He is bringing the motley crew to reality TV in "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," the Discovery Family Channel's first original series, debuting next week.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Zade Rosenthal/Disey/Marvel via AP This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man."

The first reaction was: Not another Marvel Comics movie.

After seeing "Ant-Man," the reaction is: Yes! Another Marvel Comics movie.

"Ant-Man" is this summer's best popcorn movie, and even more entertaining than one of the other top films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Minions" is one of the worst animated feature films I've seen in recent memory.

This shouldn't be surprising since "Minions" is the spawn of "Despicable Me" (2010) and "Despicable Me 2" (2013).

The goal of the Minions, after all, is "to serve the most despicable master they can find." Now isn't that a nice anti-social lesson to give the young 'uns?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lee Greenwood, whose hit "God Bless the USA" has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, will perform Friday at Penn's Peak.

The country music superstar could easily talk about the accomplishments in his life, but this high-energy entertainer prefers to continue writing and recording with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his stellar career.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is the sleeper hit of the summer of 2015.

Regardless of its box office tally, the movie is the critical hit . It's an astounding piece of cinema: bold concept, audacious style and compelling content.

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the United States Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

It also won awards at the Nantucket and Seattle film festivals. The film was acquired for $12 million, the largest amount in Sundance history.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Ted 2" is no teddy bears' picnic. And that's a big part of its rude charm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Inside Out" is an animated look inside a preteen girl's brain, with individuals or creatures depicting five emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), is going through a difficult time, much to the consternation of her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) after the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Personality islands," the "control console," "core memories" and the "train of memory" are shown and explained.

Friday, June 26, 2015

You'd think they would've learned. Not when there was the possibility of another record-breaking box office blockbuster.

When "Jurassic Park" was released June 11, 1993, (becoming the then highest-grossing movie to date with $350 million domestically), it changed the way special effects movies were made. Stop-motion animation was considered for "Jurassic Park." computer generated imagery, in one of its most extensive uses at the time, was chosen. Thus, the Industrial Light and Magic era dawned.