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Monday, January 19, 2015
Special to the Times News Justus will perform at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Jan. 31.

One of the members of the band Justus is celebrating a milestone birthday in January, a cause for celebration according to his bandmates.

Jack Kulp, vocalist and blues harp player, is turning 65, so the band will celebrate by performing at the recently renovated Performing Arts Hall at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 31 and will include dinner and an opening act, The Local Boys. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Unbroken" is a harrowing film based on the story of a United States 1936 Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

The movie, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, deserves to be a multiple Oscar nominee in the categories of picture, director, adapted screenplay, actor, cinematography and score.

The movie is based on the biography of Louis Zamperini, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Downey Jr. was seeing double at the People's Choice Awards.

The star of "The Judge" and "Iron Man" picked up the trophies for favorite dramatic movie actor and favorite movie actor at Wednesday's fan-favorite ceremony honoring stars in film, television and music.

"This is perfect for me because I love people, I'm crazy about movies, and I prefer people who love my movies," Downey said.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The band Remember When will be performing at Penn's Peak on Valentine's Day.

Penn's Peak has announced its Valentine's concert.

The valentine's dinner dance has become a perennial attraction at the Jim Thorpe area venue with dinner followed by a concert.

The oldies band Remember When will put on a dinner show on Feb. 14.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the Remember When show at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required in advance and tickets went on sale today. The reservations can be placed through the Penn's Peak box office at 866-605-7325 or by calling Deb Biege at 610-826-9663.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Into the Woods" is very dark.

The feature film based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales is dark not only in subject matter. It's also dark literally.

Agreed: A majority of the movie's action takes place in the woods. However, filmmakers can make allowances.

With "Into the Woods," director Rob Marshall (Oscar director nominee, "Chicago," 2003) has filmed many of the scenes in shadow, with characters' faces dimly lit, and under the towering blackened bark of trees.

"Into the Woods" is all about what happens after the "happily ever after" happens.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

It is, after all, called "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

So, why should it be surprising that about one-third of the nearly two and one-half hour latest installment of "The Hobbit" seems to be taken up with fighting and battles?

Right from the start of "The Battle of the Five Armies," Smaug, the dragon monster, is laying waste to Lake-town. The film picks up where "The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), sequel to "An Unexpected Journey" (2012), left off.

No spoiler alert here: Smaug is slain early on. Where can the film go from here?

Battles.

Friday, January 2, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Premiere Paul McCartney Concert Experience will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $30.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, announces upcoming events. See www.mcohjt.com or call 570-325-0249 for more information.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday The McCartney Years: Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein the guy who brought the original Beatles to North America as "the best on the scene today," The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful re-creation of a mid-1970s Paul McCartney concert. Tickets $30.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Miracle of miracles, "Exodus: Gods And Kings," is actually quite good.

There are plenty of miracles in Director Ridley Scott's reimagining of the Torah story, beginning in 1300 B.C., about the Jews' travails and travels to Canaan, the "Promised Land."

You want miracles? "Exodus: Gods And Kings" got miracles.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There was no way that the teenaged Butchy Sochorow would miss the final concert of his first tour with the Grateful Dead, his favorite musical tribe. It was one of many examples of "Deadication" for Sochorow, who attended more than 200 shows by the Grateful Dead from 1984 to 1995, the year the band disbanded after Garcia died.

Sochorow and his Splintered Sunlight mates will perform Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, where 15 months ago they re-created a Dead Halloween gig from 1980, which is preserved in a free download on the opera house website.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"It looks like a penguin," goes the Monty Python line.

It looks like a whole lot of penguins in "Penguins of Madagascar."

In one of the opening scenes of the animated feature film, there's a line of penguins as far as the eye can see.

The four most important penguins are Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knights) and Rico (Conrad Vernon).

The four penguins, who are secret agents modeled along the lines of James Bond and Austin Powers but with the tuxedoes on all the time, have super powers but are not super smart.