Story: Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His impoverished childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, values that shaped his own philosophy. He was married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and oft-times performing partner for 35 years.
Story: Four candidates for the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, meet at the military school in Tuskegee, Alabama where they train to become fighter pilots during World War II. These candidates, though, are black, and the challenge to earn their stripes in flight school is exacerbated with racism, both blatant and subtle, throughout their training.
OK. This is the first of the two Snow White-themed films to be released in 2012. This one is the more light-hearted, comedic version—think the animated Disney classic. The second, Snow White and the Huntsman, is a little more, ahem, ‘Grimm.’ I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much and I would advise you to do the same. If you go in with the bar set low, you will have a satisfying movie-going experience.
Due to popular demand, here are the films currently in release that I recommend: Michelle Williams has become an Oscar frontrunner with her stirring portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.
The five decades J. Edgar Hoover spent as head of the then-Bureau of Investigation and the F.B.I. is quite a chunk of history. Between his unconventional personal life, his questionable tactics and his innovative investigative skills, there’s a lot of road to hoe.
Mr. and Mrs. William Torno of St. Louis are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Christine, to Matthew J. Zahra, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Zahra of Florissant.
Play: “Titanic, the Musical”
I want to start by saying that this film has not been particularly well reviewed. Director Michael Mann's reputation precedes him. With films like Miami Vice and Collateral on his resume, he has earned, I think undeservedly, a reputation for large-scale, glitzy films that are somewhat, well, soulless. Even if there is an element of truth to the claims about his directorial style, he certainly has found an effective way to combat it. What do you do if you're a director accused of neglecting your actors' ‘inner lives?’ Hire three actors…Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard…known for bringing rich inner lives to the screen. Done.
11/7 ORNAMENT PARTY Craft Alliance holds a party from 6 to 8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and ornaments for sale made by local and national artists, including hand-blown glass balls, at their Delmar Loop location, 6640 Delmar Blvd.