Saving Mr. Banks: Delightful behind-the-scenes visit

As we look forward to the holiday season — and major movies begin to open at theaters — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of the releases. This week’s pick is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from Disney about the making of Mary Poppins.   For anyone who loves movies, Walt ...

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Remembering Pearl Harbor as holidays approach

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? As we commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and anticipate the approaching holidays, the weekend offers a marvelous collection of classics. Here is what’s showing on television and cable.   Tora! Tora! Tora! ...

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Nebraska: A delightful journey into aging

Nebraska: A delightful journey into aging Each week, the Reel Dad checks the nutritional value of a movie — new or classic — to help families choose what to watch. This week’s pick is a new film from Alexander Payne, Nebraska. As we age, our hopes for the years that remain may frame how we... ...

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Fishing Report: Dec. 5 updates from CT-DEEP

STOCKING UPDATE - ATLANTIC SALMON.              DEEP completed its 2013 Atlantic salmon stockings this week. Approximately 50 salmon were stocked out in the Naugatuck River (upper-13 fish, lower-12 fish) and Shetucket River (25 fish). These fish are beautiful, ranging in size from 2 to 15 ...

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Miller’s ‘The Price’ addresses the cost of family disputes

The Price, at Seven Angels Theater.

Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury so beautifully presented the late Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” that I couldn’t help comparing it to Miller’s first production of the play. He had written about how difficult the production had been in his book, “Timebends.” The actors and director could not get ...

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Point-to-point hike to burn off a feast’s calories

Trout Brook Valley Preserve in Easton. —Rob McWilliams photo

This is my first column about a point-to-point hike. All the others have been loops. Loops are certainly convenient. There’s no need to “spot” a car or use public transport. But sometimes it’s nice not to divide a hike into out and back. And every Black Friday for many ...

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Classics, and some leftovers

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? The holiday weekend serves a marvelous collection of classics with few leftovers in the bunch. Here is what’s showing on television and cable.   Rear Window There’s no telling what we will see if we spend all our time looking out the window. ...

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