• "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is the same old song and dance

    “Planes: Fire & Rescue”
    Rated PG for action and some peril.
    Release date: July 18
    Runtime: 83 minutes
    Rating: Nothing new

    It’s only been a year since the first “Planes” movie was in theaters and it wasn’t exactly a hit. It is surprising to find a sequel on screen so soon.

  • Sorting through the junk

    Throughout the day, I’ll receive any number of news releases emailed to my work account.

  • Looking for local venues: Lethean takes metal sound on road, but loves to play near home

    Taking its name from a mythological river that caused forgetfulness, Lethean is an Elizabethtown band consisting of members who do not want to forget where they come from.

    Comprised of Dale Don­aldson, Erik Marchand, Derek Ray and Michael Lyons, members of the metal band work third-shift jobs and feel their lives help give them perspective their fans appreciate.

  • Andy Serkis proves he's the best in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    The emotion, depth and believability of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” hinges on the performance of Andy Serkis and he pulls it off.

    But you’ll not see Serkis on screen, at least not his physical appearance.

  • Area teens roll the dice with 'Guys and Dolls'

    The familiar tale of gamblers, gangsters and their gals will hit the stage this weekend as the Youth Theatre of Hardin County presents the musical “Guys and Dolls.”

  • 'Earth to Echo' is a poor imitation of better films

    “Earth to Echo” is the story of three kids hoping to save their homes from being torn down because of freeway construction. They stumble upon a small robotic-looking alien who is trying to find his ship to go back home. Meanwhile, government agents are trying to find him and stop him.

  • Twisting with technology

    A couple of weeks ago, I became aware of a twist on a standard practice among young siblings: tattling.

    You know the practice. You probably engaged in it when you were a kid. I’m sure I did.

    Say you’re a kid, and your brother or sister does something they’re not supposed to. Obviously, mom or dad needs to be informed.

  • 'Jersey Boys' forgot it's a musical

    A few years ago, I had the joy of seeing the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” live on stage. Because the musical was so good and had so much acclaim, I expected magic from Clint Eastwood’s film version.

    That’s not exactly what happened.

    It has a few problems.

    “Jersey Boys” chronicles the formation and eventual breakup of the Four Seasons but, most importantly, it tells the story of their music.

  • Local magician makes illusion his life's work

    A good magician never shares his secrets, but a great one uses them for a good cause.

    Despite performing in lucrative places such as Las Vegas, local magician Joseph “Dinky” Gowen stays close to home by performing his magic at fundraisers for places such as the Hardin County Animal Shelter, local schools and civic club.

    Gowen has performed magic since age 6. His love for magic began when his mother, a regular attendee of his earliest shows, bought him a magic kit. He said it has been a pivotal part of his life ever since.

  • Shakespeare role in nation's capital latest for Central Hardin grad

    It wasn’t until well after he began college that Central Hardin High School graduate John Keabler began to think he might be able to have a career in acting.

    Now with TV, movie and stage roles among his credits, Keabler is plying his craft as part of Shakespeare Theatre Company in the nation’s capital in two Shakespeare productions, “Henry IV, Part 1” and “Henry IV, Part 2.” The plays run until June 8 at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.

    Keabler shares the stage with veteran actor Stacy Keach, who portrays Falstaff.