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'Wakanda Forever' honors Boseman

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a film tasked with multiple missions. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expect it not only to pay tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in...

 

New 'Quantum Leap' honors predecessor

The original "Quantum Leap," which ran for five seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993 on NBC, is one of the most well-built shows in the history of television. It used its sci-fi premise of Dr....

 

'Cabinet of Curiosities,' 'Devil's Hour' perfect Halloween

We're closing out this year's spooky season with two engagingly suspenseful streaming series that premiered during the final full week of October 2022. "Cabinet of Curiosities" on Netflix Part of what...

 

'Black Adam,' 'Midnight Club' hit their targets

"Black Adam" is a dark and explicitly political film with unlikely origins, since the ancient Teth-Adam began as an antagonist to magically empowered child hero Billy Batson in the relatively sunny...

 

Four movies, ranging from horror to fantasy

Two Halloween-appropriate horror films, and two first-season finales of streaming shows: Halloween Ends Watching "Halloween Ends" made me feel like the 2005 viral meme of Tyra Banks (herself a victim...

 

Four spooky films to get you into a Halloween spirit

This past week on streaming offered a quartet of spooky and suspenseful films to get folks into the Halloween spirit. Mr. Harrigan's Phone "Mr. Harrigan's Phone," released Oct. 5 on Netflix, has the...

 

'Blonde' misuses acting; 'Hocus 2' recaptures original

Bewitching ladies in blasts from the past dominated this past week's streaming releases, targeted toward different ages of audiences, and to wildly varying degrees of success. Blonde Christopher Lee...

 

Sharon Taylor's paintings evoke joy, memories

Belfair Self-Storage's artist of the month for October is visual artist Sharon Taylor, for whom business manager Barbara Treick will display a sampling of her pieces this coming month on the...

 

Binge-viewing the Port Townsend Film Festival

I attended the Port Townsend Film Festival from 2016 to 2019, and wrote reviews of its films that were published in The Port Townsend Leader from 2017-19. After 2 years of COVID-prompted...

 

'Woman King' showcases impressive historic figures

From the first impeccably staged fight scene of "The Woman King," it's impossible not to hear its implicit sales pitch in your head: Hey, kids, do you like the Dora Milaje of Wakanda, from the Marvel...

 

Concert series returns to Shelton

After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Mason County Concert Association kicks off its 2022-2023 season with The Everly Set performing a tribute to the Everly Brothers at 7 p.m....

 

'Cobra Kai' offers uplifting, redemptive resolution

As fond as I remain of the original "Karate Kid" films, Parts I through III never quite hung together well as a trilogy, even before they attempted to resurrect the franchise on the big screen -...

 

Harlequin prepares for annual gala, season reveal

Harlequin Productions in Olympia marks the changing of its seasons with its September stagings of the play “This Flat Earth,” followed by its annual gala and the season announcement for 2023. “This Flat Earth,” a 2018 play by Lindsey...

 

Harstine Island troupe performs monologues, poems

Ten local performers will bring to life pieces by Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and themselves in Harstine island Theatre Club's "A Reader's Theatre Collection of Monologues, Poems and Original...

 

'Rings of Power' boasts top-notch production

I entered into the first two episodes of Amazon Prime Video's "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" with considerably mixed feelings, and in spite of finding myself impressed by a lot of what I...

 

'Emily the Criminal' excels; 'Samaritan' stumbles

'Emily the Criminal' I went to see "Emily the Criminal" expecting a brisk, taut crime caper that would afford one of my favorite comedic actresses a well-deserved showcase to stretch her dramatic...

 

'She-Hulk' tackles sexism; 'Red Door' delivers poetry

This week's reviews are densely packed, including two well-received streaming shows and ... a book of poems? 'She-Hulk' Disney+ continues to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe through surprisingly...

 

'The Sandman' gets flawless adaptation

Once upon a time, there was a family of seven virtually godlike siblings, known as the Endless, each of whom embodied a core concept of mortal existence. From oldest to youngest, they were Destiny,...

 

Hoodstock returns to the water with Lady Alderbrook

Cofounders Kelli Kohout and Shannon Crabb-Stanton are presenting the fifth year of Hoodstock, which runs from just before 11 a.m. to well after 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 near the Hood Canal Marina in Union....

 

'Bullet Train,' 'Prey' make old formulas fresh

A common criticism of certain films is that they're "formulaic," which I dislike as a criticism, because it's imprecise. A formula, after all, is simply a set of descriptions and measurements of...

 

'Thor' balances between punchlines, pathos

Quirky comedic New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has more than earned my love over the years, but after watching "Thor: Love & Thunder," I'm starting to wonder whether someone should be...

 

'Stranger Things,' 'Strange New Worlds' rousing resolutions

June 30 and July 1 were some rough streaming viewing days for fans as the ninth episodes of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Season 1 and “Stranger Things” Season 4 bid final farewell to a pair of fan-favorite characters. As much as I miss...

 

'Stranger Things' season 4 still has plenty to say

After four seasons on Netflix, and six years at the forefront of pop culture consciousness, I'm suddenly hearing a lot of people ask what "Stranger Things" is all about, even though its focus has...

 

Skyline Drive-In screens Evergreen student films

Anyone who swings by the Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelton tonight (June 9) can catch a two-hour-long screening of 22 short student films from The Evergreen State College Mediaworks department, all for free. Gates to the theater open for “Stars...

 

Great Bend Center for Music creates community

It's never too late to join a choir or learn an instrument, and the Great Bend Center for Music in Union is an organization that hopes to help kids and adults find their sound. Founder and general...

 

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