• 'Brave': Beautiful artistry but not family friendly

    Previews for Disney and Pixar’s “Brave” make the film look like a fun and exciting adventure for the entire family. Sadly, the reality is quite different.

    In “Brave,” Princess Merida wishes to rebel against tradition and find her own way in the world. But she doesn’t do this, as the previews suggest, by having a brave adventure through the Scottish highlands.

    Because Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, cannot agree on what to do, Merida seeks the aid of a witch to change her mother. No adventure, just trickery.

  • Hot-weather hits and local favorites

    Listening to a song on the radio can instantly transport you to a summer of your youth. The windows immediately come down in the car and your hair blows in the wind as you drive. It’s that kind of song.

    Throughout music history, songs released in the summer create memories that last a lifetime. There’s something about a goodtime summer song.

    Just like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince crooned, it’s “summer, summer, summertime; time to sit back and unwind.”

  • 'Prometheus' fails to connect the dots

    “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s long-awaited prequel to the “Alien” franchise, is, in a word, disappointing.

    This film has as much to do with “Alien” as a slice of bacon has to do with a cow.

    For a successful prequel, it must explain long-asked questions and set a new foundation for the original films that shine light into established plotlines.

  • Redefining my staycation

    The term “staycation” is a way of describing a vacation that doesn’t involve traveling out of the country or, by some definitions, out the home environment. Often, it involves day trips.

    That might be a bit of a misnomer for what I took last week because I didn’t seem to stay anywhere for long, so I might have to come up with another term.

  • HCP's 'Gypsy' pushes its way onto the Plum Alley stage

    The quintessential stage mom steps into the spotlight when Hardin County Playhouse presents “Gypsy” beginning today.

    “If you were to get a top 10 list of musicals, ‘Gypsy’ would almost always top that list,” HCP artistic director Bo Cecil said.

  • Broadway dreams come true for E'town native

    The 66th annual American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards air 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS and Elizabethtown native Darron West is up for an award.

    West is nominated for best sound design for his work with the play “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

    The play is nominated for nine Tony Awards including best play.

    West is an Elizabethtown High School graduate and had a paper route for The News-Enterprise as a kid, allowing him to buy his first drum set.

  • Free concert sets stage for increasing missing persons awareness

    A free, day-long concert primarily of local musicians aimed at raising awareness of missing persons takes the stage from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Freeman Lake Park.

    This is the first time the concert, called Song for the Missing, is hosted by Kentucky Bloodhound Seach and Rescue and Kentucky K9, said Toni Goodman, KBSAR vice president.

    “We’re just trying to get the word out there,” said Goodman of Elizabethtown.

  • 'Grease' is the word at Historic State Theater

    Poodle skirts and leather jackets are optional, but patrons Friday and Saturday at the Historic State Theater are invited to don such attire for showings of “Grease.”

    Set in the ’50s, the 1978 movie stars John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The story focuses on the two characters finding themselves together again at Rydell High School after sharing a summer romance thinking they would not see each other after summer’s end.

  • Shakespeare comes to a Redbox near you

    Released in December 2011, “Coriolanus” is an independent film not seen in local theaters but released for rental last week.

    It is a modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play.

    Modern military, flat-screen televisions and vehicles all are present, and Roman togas are replaced with modern wardrobe. But the “thees” and “thous” of Shakespeare’s time still are uttered throughout the film.

  • We think you'll like this

    The recommendation feature used by many media websites and services has changed the way we read, watch, listen.

    And mostly, it’s a change for the better. It saves time and ushers you to treasures you might not otherwise have found.

    Since someone gave me a Kindle late in 2010, I’ve hardly picked up a bound paper book. With each electronic book I finish, another is just a few presses of a button away. I often find it in the “recommended for you” list.