‘Glass’ — The sequel we didn’t ask for
‘Glass’ — The sequel we didn’t ask for
“Talk to Me” — a devastating, hilarious fall to earth

“Talk to Me” — a devastating, hilarious fall to earth

The view from above was stunning. The cliche says that people look like ants when you’re looking down from a ledge, and they do. Trees… Continue reading

“Talk to Me” — a devastating, hilarious fall to earth
Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018

Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018

Well, another year gone, another year’s worth of movies to reflect on. This year I saw 61 new movies, which, when you do the math,… Continue reading

Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018
Now Playing: Solid writing and offscreen terror bring depth to ‘Bird Box’

Now Playing: Solid writing and offscreen terror bring depth to ‘Bird Box’

Does anyone remember “The Happening” from way back in 2008? No? Well, you should. “The Happening” should be forever commemorated as what happens when M.… Continue reading

Now Playing: Solid writing and offscreen terror bring depth to ‘Bird Box’
Chelsea Hart, who was born and raised in Kenai and has been performing comedy and opera across Europe for the past four years, is pictured in this undated photo. (Photo by Zowwi Ranford/Courtesy of Chelsea Hart)

Kenai local Chelsea Hart returns home to teach comedy writing workshop for Kenai Performers

Globetrotting comedienne and entertainer Chelsea Hart has returned to her hometown of Kenai to offer a comedy writing workshop with the Kenai Performers today. Hart… Continue reading

Chelsea Hart, who was born and raised in Kenai and has been performing comedy and opera across Europe for the past four years, is pictured in this undated photo. (Photo by Zowwi Ranford/Courtesy of Chelsea Hart)
Bookworm Sez: ‘An Unexplained Death’ — An unsettling, not-to-be-missed read

Bookworm Sez: ‘An Unexplained Death’ — An unsettling, not-to-be-missed read

Missing…. That single word belies the deep panic and fear behind the reason for the poster it’s on. Someone’s gone, not where he should be,… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘An Unexplained Death’ — An unsettling, not-to-be-missed read
Netflix brings cinema to streaming with dark, blood-soaked ‘The Night Comes for Us’

Netflix brings cinema to streaming with dark, blood-soaked ‘The Night Comes for Us’

It’s true that there are a slew of movies new in theaters that are probably worth watching, but I am in that rare occasion of… Continue reading

Netflix brings cinema to streaming with dark, blood-soaked ‘The Night Comes for Us’
Reading, writing and drinking — ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’ offers the perfect trio

Reading, writing and drinking — ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’ offers the perfect trio

The holiday season started with a cup of cheer. Then there was a sip of wassail, some mistletoe and wine, and rummy-tum-tum along the way.… Continue reading

Reading, writing and drinking — ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’ offers the perfect trio
Bookworm Sez: ‘(Don’t) Call Me Crazy’ offers a chorus of writers on surviving mental illness

Bookworm Sez: ‘(Don’t) Call Me Crazy’ offers a chorus of writers on surviving mental illness

Ouch, you twisted your shoulder and it hurts. That’ll last awhile, but you’ll be okay. Might need a sling, maybe, but it won’t cramp your… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘(Don’t) Call Me Crazy’ offers a chorus of writers on surviving mental illness
Now Playing: ‘Aquaman’ a sea adventure that heads DC in the right direction

Now Playing: ‘Aquaman’ a sea adventure that heads DC in the right direction

Growing up, I was never a DC guy. I, of course, liked Superman and Batman because, well, because I’m an American and I think it’s… Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Aquaman’ a sea adventure that heads DC in the right direction
Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe

Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe

It’s rare for a movie to go so far against my expectations for me to be actually floored by the time the credits roll, but… Continue reading

Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe
Bookworm Sez: ‘If You Ask Me’ — Old advice made new again

Bookworm Sez: ‘If You Ask Me’ — Old advice made new again

What should you do? When relationships break down, what then? Or you lose your job and your bank account is depleted, your home is in… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘If You Ask Me’ — Old advice made new again
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Now Playing: ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ — for when blockbusters and indies don’t appeal

You would think with streaming video being the norm and the fact that there are a million different options of movies to watch at home,… Continue reading

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‘Evening of Christmas’ concert continues to grow

‘Evening of Christmas’ concert continues to grow

In 2003, the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra held its first “Evening of Christmas” concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna in front of an audience of… Continue reading

‘Evening of Christmas’ concert continues to grow
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

Sequels used to be an really iffy business. But, “Cars” notwithstanding, the crew over at Disney/Pixar seem to be able to defy the odds again… Continue reading

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table
‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale

‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale

You thought you knew what was inside the box. Though it was wrapped, you could tell what it was. You shook it, upended it, and… Continue reading

‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale
‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in

‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in

Ahhhhh, a quiet night at home. You’ve been promising yourselves that for a long time. A nice dinner. Maybe a movie, or soft music and… Continue reading

‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence

There are certain movies that I think we can all agree are just unnecessary. That doesn’t mean that they are bad or good, just that… Continue reading

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence
‘Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey’ — a helpful primer on giving thanks

‘Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey’ — a helpful primer on giving thanks

A great big bear. That’s what you’ve sounded like all week: a growl here, a snort there, grump, grump, snarl. Everything that could go wrong… Continue reading

‘Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey’ — a helpful primer on giving thanks
‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece

If I really stop to think about it, Joel and Ethan Coen are probably my favorite all around filmmakers because I’ve never seen a movie… Continue reading

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece