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ReINKArnated
ReINKArnated Inka Kitchen on 1228 Lincoln Way East isn't exactly easy to spot. If you check the photo below, they have an unpretentious storefront with a small emblem above the door, a roadside sign you see when getting off I-81 to turn towards Gettysburg, ...
ReINKArnated Inka Kitchen on 1228 Lincoln Way East isn't exactly easy to spot. If you check the photo below, they have an unpretentious storefront with a small emblem above the door, a roadside sign you see when getting of...
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Pennsylvania Farm Show 2016
Penn eats Managed to go to this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show and other than the horrific traffic ('well-attended' doesn't quite describe it) it was an easy drive. Tractors cows sheep I can always watch some other time--okay, just not interested. I came for...
Penn eats Managed to go to this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show and other than the horrific traffic ('well-attended' doesn't quite describe it) it was an easy drive. Tractors cows sheep I can always watch some other time--oka...
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L.A., L.A.  ( Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in detail! ) Damien Chazelle's La La Land takes a lot of chances evoking old musicals the way he does--o n one hand bringing up references to the classics helps add s a nostal gic glow to your pictu...
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Not Another Christmas Dinner
Not another Christmas dinner As with Thanksgiving I'm working Christmas Eve into Day and as with that other occasion the one silver lining in this dreary grey raincloud of a sitch is that I get to post my holiday meal before anyone else, so there! Managed t...
Not another Christmas dinner As with Thanksgiving I'm working Christmas Eve into Day and as with that other occasion the one silver lining in this dreary grey raincloud of a sitch is that I get to post my holiday meal before...
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Hell or High Water (David Mckenzie)
Cops and robbers David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water , from a script by Taylor Sheridan ( Sicario ) turns on a terrifically compelling premise: that brothers Toby and Tanner Howard (Chris Pine and Ben Foster respectively) are so financially threatened by t...
Cops and robbers David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, from a script by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) turns on a terrifically compelling premise: that brothers Toby and Tanner Howard (Chris Pine and Ben Foster respectively) are s...
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Moana (Ron Clements, John Musker)
Aloha oe   Moana , directed by Ron Clements and John Musker is Disney's latest attempt at politically correct culturally sensitive storytelling. The results I'd say are better than anything the studio has ever done before, which if you know my history regar...
Aloha oe Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker is Disney's latest attempt at politically correct culturally sensitive storytelling. The results I'd say are better than anything the studio has ever done before, wh...
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La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)
L.A., L.A.  ( Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in detail! ) Damien Chazelle's La La Land takes quite a few chances evoking old musicals --o n one hand   the classics  help add s a nostal gic glow to his picture; on the other audiences might be t...
L.A., L.A. (Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in detail!) Damien Chazelle's La La Land takes quite a few chances evoking old musicals--on one hand the classics help adds a nostalgic glow to his picture; on the o...
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Best of 2016
Terrific films, terrible year Can't include any horror films because to my mind the entire genre has been rendered not only unfrightening but totally redundant by the world's recent turn into fascism . Can't in good conscience include any film that deals di...
Terrific films, terrible year Can't include any horror films because to my mind the entire genre has been rendered not only unfrightening but totally redundant by the world's recent turn into fascism. Can't in good conscien...
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Rogue One (Garth Edwards, 2016)
The dirty half dozen ( Warning: story and plot twists discussed in explicit detail! )  Gar eth Edwards ' o ne-off take on arguably the most successful movie franchise ever --good? Bad? Ire deemabl y ugly? It's...okay. First hour i s dullsville--lot of i mpl...
The dirty half dozen (Warning: story and plot twists discussed in explicit detail!) Gareth Edwards' one-off take on arguably the most successful movie franchise ever--good? Bad? Iredeemably ugly? It's...okay. First hour is d...
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It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
It's a good life ( Warning--plot and narrative twists discussed in explicit detail ) I do think Frank Capra's best-known film is some kind of masterpiece.  The director developed pacing and a gift for slapstick while making silent comedies; with It Happened...
It's a good life (Warning--plot and narrative twists discussed in explicit detail) I do think Frank Capra's best-known film is some kind of masterpiece. The director developed pacing and a gift for slapstick while making...
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Chic's Seafood
Crab feast Officially blue crab season in Maryland starts April 1 (no foolin) and ends December 15, tomorrow.  I hear best time for crabs is in autumn, when they start eating more to survive the long winter;  I'd been meaning to drive down to Baltimore to t...
Crab feast Officially blue crab season in Maryland starts April 1 (no foolin) and ends December 15, tomorrow. I hear best time for crabs is in autumn, when they start eating more to survive the long winter; I'd been meaning...
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Martial Law Movies
  Martial Law Movies Rodrigo Duterte on former president Ferdinand Marcos (italics mine): " President Marcos was a president for so long and he was a soldier. So
that’s about it. Whether or not he performed worse or better, there is
no study, there is no ...
Martial Law Movies Rodrigo Duterte on former president Ferdinand Marcos (italics mine): "President Marcos was a president for so long and he was a soldier. So that’s about it. Whether or not he performed worse or better, ther...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s
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In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyp