Right about now, you should be contemplating a cold turkey sandwich while the booth reviews the call on the field. Here's a little quiz for halftime entertainment:
I have to say this movie had two strikes against it going in: First, it's just shy of three hours. At this stage, a running time of 2:20 is my limit. It's not that three hours is unbearable, it's mainly that most three-hour movies are self indulgent (or director-indulgent, I should say). The other aspect of this movie that had me driving very slowly toward the theater is the lead. Frankly, I've had my fill of Matthew McConaughey. Between the award speeches and the Lincoln ads, he's overexposed, and, dare I say, a bit smug. But if any film-maker could win me over, it's Christopher Nolan—and he does.
Story: Oh, the pressure. As the parents of a 4-year-old, Greg and Alexandra are steeped in stress. That’s because they are New York City yuppies who are convinced that they must spend thousands of dollars to get Jake into one of Manhattan’s prestigious academies for kindergarten students.
Whenever I want to experience the beauty of my favorite season within the confines of the city, I make my way to Forest Park and marvel at the surroundings--the jewel-hued treetops, the awe-inspiring architecture and the magnificent monuments.
Story: At a carnival shooting gallery, the proprietor encourages a motley group of misfits to purchase guns and take aim on their frustrations by assassinating an American president. Historical eras overlap as disgruntled actor John Wilkes Booth commences the violence with the murder of President Abraham Lincoln to avenge the South’s loss in the Civil War.
Jeff and Julie Bertel, Nat Frachetti, Lincoln Gray, Erica and John Fiore
Contrary to popular belief, having a family does not mean you have to drive an SUV or minivan. For many families, a smooth-riding, comfortable sedan can safely transport the fam, with the added benefit of having a lower center of gravity and thus much better handling.
2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Hutton Wilkinson, probably best known as the head of Tony Duquette, Inc., started out as the legendary designer’s protégé before going on to gain fame on his own as a decorator to the privileged class.
Walter Gropius used traditional New England materials in fresh ways to demonstrate his core design philosophies. The house truly is an iconic example of ingenious design that had not been seen before.
Living room and dining room
MISSION: Caring Solutions doesn’t want to be a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, it is focused on providing long-term support to meet the needs of its clients with developmental disabilities, and is altering its services to fit each individual.
The first glimpse of the Tunnel View—one of the most photographed vistas in the world—renders one speechless. Famed naturalist John Muir once exclaimed, “…by far, the grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
Story: The time is April 13, 1865, and Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon has returned to his family’s home in Richmond just four days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy at Appomattox, Virginia. Caleb is the scion of a Southern Jewish family that has abandoned their home in the wake of the South’s surrender to the North.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Vince Vaughn stars in yet another mediocre sell-out; this time, playing an average Joe, who, through sperm donations, has fathered hundreds of children. It’s a 5.
Lincoln Mayer, Bixby Childress
I’m confused. This movie has received a ton of award buzz, particularly for the lead acting performance of Oscar favorite Bruce Dern and the breakout dramatic performance of SNL alum Will Forte. Suffice it to say, the bar was set high. To say the movie failed to live up to expectations is an understatement.
Thanksgiving is just days away, and let me guess: It kind of crept up on you this year. Well, considering it’s technically on a different date each year, I guess it can catch you off-guard—that’s my excuse, certainly. Especially this year with the Hanukkah overlap—Thanksgivi-kah, if you will—and the start of Christmas shopping, it’s a very busy time. So take a moment to unwind with a little Turkey Day trivia.
Story: Booth and Lincoln are brothers. They were given their names by their father as jokes, but their lives have been anything but funny. Abandoned first by their mother and a few years later by their father when Booth was 13 and Lincoln was 16, they’ve had to fight for their survival ever since.