Warm weather and romance: As Good As It Gets!

Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets.

As we finally savor the warmer temperatures of summer, we can relish the romance that classic films bring to the screen. Thanks to the movies available this weekend on broadcast and cable television, romance is in the air. Check out these offerings. As Good As It Gets (1997) On the surface, ...

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Invitees who don’t respond; traveling comfortably with friends

Q. What do we do when we haven’t received a response to our invitation to our daughter’s wedding? A.  Unfortunately, this is not an unusual situation. You must call the invited guest and ask if she or he will be able to attend. It is not rude to do this. It is not thoughtful for... Read More

Marlene Dietrich backstage: What’s the point? at Sherman Playhouse

Katherine Almquist as Marlene Dietrich. —Joseph Russo

In Pam Gems’ play “Marlene,” now at the Sherman Playhouse, Sherman, several key elements are missing. First and foremost, the play has no plot. Secondly, it has no life; therefore it does not qualify as a slice-of-life play. This is quite simply a look at what Marlene did backstage before a ...

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The rewards of rhubarb: Not for the faint of heart

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is a good summer cooler.

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” —Arthur Rubenstein With all there is to love about springtime, conscious cooks have much to satisfy the body and soul. The world is blooming with brightness and there are fantastic flavors to explore. One particularly invigorating ...

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Maleficent: Fun reinvention of classic Disney tale

The Reel Dad reviews Maleficent.

The summer of 2014 is proving to be popular for screen villains in search of reinvention and renewal. Last month Godzilla transformed himself into a politically correct (and sequel ready) monster in a new telling of a familiar tale that is now followed by a Disney makeover of one another ...

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Two Streisands, an Audrey Hepburn, and Newman’s Oscar

Do you enjoy revisiting movie icons? Those bigger-than-life stars who know how to fill a screen? This weekend, broadcast and cable television feature movies that star some of the biggest names we remember. Check out these offerings.   The Prince of Tides (1991) Yes, we know Barbra ...

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‘The Last Five Years’ at Long Wharf: Breaking up a marriage is hard to do

Adam Halpin and Katie Rose Clarke in 'The Last Five Years.'

Divorce is talked about so matter-of-factly these days that it’s easy to lose sight of the pain that couples go through during the disintegration of a marriage. Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” at Long Wharf Theatre is mostly a sung-through musical that captures the heartache Cathy ...

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