Cinema Cindy Reviews: Knives Out

first_imgBy CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMBLos Alamos“Knives Out” seems at first a simple ‘whodunit’ murder mystery. But, over its 2 hours and 10 minutes, the initial, simple explanation of who is to blame gets increasingly complex. An ensemble cast of many familiar faces (and a few new ones) adds fun to the drama. Happily, this story about a mysterious death turns into a dark comedy with laugh out loud twists.The story opens with an old gothic mansion, set above a lake, somewhere in a New England autumn. Black dogs run from the house and a tray is carried to an upper study. The study door opens to reveal an old man lying on a sofa with his throat slit, dead. There are no preliminaries to introduce the man or his family. The film gives that task to the detectives (and the consulting private investigator) who interview each household member in turn.The story goes from a loving family gathered to celebrate the old man’s birthday dinner, to numerous chinks in their armor: which family member might be on the outs; who may have yelled something at the old man; what he may have said to each of them about his new will. The members of this pleasant group of supportive offspring, who consider the nurse “a part of the family,” begin to show their true colors, recalling events and conversations that took place the night of his death.Director Rian Johnson (, Star Wars VIII: ) has assembled a compelling cast for this film. Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombley, a successful mystery writer with his own publishing empire. Jamie Lee Curtis is Linda Thrombley Drysdale, Harlan’s daughter, who built her own business with daddy’s help. Her husband, Richard Drysdale, is played by Don Johnson, and their entitled son, Ransom, is played by Chris Evans. Toni Collette plays the widowed Joni Thrombley, daughter-in-law to Harlan, and mother of college student Meg (Katherine Langford). Harlan’s other son, Walt Thrombley (Michael Shannon) runs Harlan’s publishing company. He is married to Donna (Riki Lindhome) and they have a son, the alt-right leaning Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Somewhat peripheral to the action is Harlan’s mother, Greatnana Wanetta Thrombley, played with quiet comic wisdom by K Callan.Also key to the story is Harlan’s nurse, Marta Cabrera played by Ana de Armas. Rounding out the ensemble are the detectives. Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) takes the lead, asking questions of each household member, backed up by a Thrombley novel fan, State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan). Present in the background, and eventually taking over the questioning, is a private investigator, Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig with a broad southern accent.There are wonderful details in this film: the strange items displayed around the house; Harlan’s research into methods of murder to write his books; Harlan’s touching friendship with Marta; Harlan’s family members as they reveal the poison that their wealth has become; Marta’s immigrant family and her own special gift for sensing the truth.Knives Out may not win any awards, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Understandably, it is “Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.” But there is not much of any of that. Instead, the film will keep you guessing, and should keep you smiling, with occasional outbursts of laughter.last_img read more

Blast Leave MISL

first_imgWednesday Blast owner, Ed Hale, announced that the Blast had been released from the United Soccer Leagues, which operates the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Blast will look to join the 20 team Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL). Hale had pushed for a MISL-PASL merger in the past, but the USL decided against it. Milwaukee, Syracuse, Rochester, and Missouri were also released.The MISL has has been declining in recent years. They have seen an a decrease in regular season games, They went from 26 games to 20 last season. The league also hasn’t seen steady growth since the USL took over in 2011. They have seen 4 teams fold and now these 5 teams leaving the league, while only adding two teams.On the other hand, the PASL has seen the average attendance rise over the past past three years, granted it was from 656 to 968, and then 1,349 this year. They PASL also boasts a developmental league, The PASL-Premier. A move to the PASL could be a big improvement for the Blast and indoor soccer in general. They would go from playing 7 teams, to playing possibly playing 25.As for the future of the MISL, it doesn’t seem too bright. There are currently only two teams left in the league. Also, the MISL has been taken off the USL website. The day after the championship game, the MISL released a statement on their website that there might not be a 2014-15 season, and it is starting to look like that is the case.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Maddock takes maternity leave

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL SENL ROUND 1 – PREVIEW BERWICK’s mid-court maestro Sarah McDermott will feel a little lost this Saturday…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Paramedic firefighters

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson PAKENHAM CFA firefighters have been trained in how to respond to medical emergencies alongside paramedics to better…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson Leafs play host to 12-team Peewee House Tournament

first_imgThe Leafs begin the tourney Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena against the Castlegar Giants.Nelson plays two games Saturday — 9:45 a.m. in the Civic against Tri Cities Thunder and 4:45 p.m. against the Kelowna Chiefs.Sunday teams play in the playoff round with the semi final starting at 8 a.m.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a Peewee House tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Nelson Leafs is the host club in the 12 team tournament that has teams competing from Grand Forks, Kaslo, Creston, Kelowna and Tri Cities.last_img

Hurling Fixtures For Next Weekend

first_imgGullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 6Round 3Bullaun 19:00 Sarsfields v Pádraig PearsesReferee:  David Staunton Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1Round 4Kinvara 14:00 Kinvara v SarsfieldsReferee:  Tom Mc Nicholas Killimor 14:00 Killimor v Ahascragh/FohenaghReferee:  John Rosney Ballinderreen 14:00 Ballinderreen v CappataggleReferee:  Ger O Connor Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1Round 4Michael Cusacks 14:00 Michael Cusacks v MoycullenReferee:  Joe Larkin Kilconieron 14:00 Kilconieron v ArdrahanReferee:  Gerry Donoghue Padraig Pearses GAA Ground 14:00 Pádraig Pearses v Mullagh/KiltormerReferee:  Vincent Burke Round 4Duggan Park 14:00 Loughrea v KillimordalyReferee:  Peter Campbell Loughrea 14:00 Meelick-Eyrecourt v Liam MellowsReferee:  Derek Kelly Kenny Park 14:00 Craughwell v ClarinbridgeReferee:  John Mc Donagh Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 2Round 3Mullagh Hurling Club Grounds 19:00 Mullagh v Tommy LarkinsReferee:  Seamus Moran Leitrim Community Centre 19:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v Meelick-EyrecourtReferee:  Liam Gordon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 3Round 3Cregg 19:00 Annaghdown v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Stephen Doyle Turloughmore 19:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Michael Melia Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Clarinbridge 14:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Ronan Stankard Carnmore 14:00 Castlegar v Salthill-KnocknacarraReferee:  Richard Mc Nicholas Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Duggan Park 15:30 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v BallygarReferee:  Christopher Browne center_img Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 2Round 4Oranmore-Maree 14:00   Oranmore-Maree v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Adrian Mooney Páirc na bhForbacha 14:00   Cois Fharraige v BallinasloeReferee:  Conor Quinlan Sylane 14:00 Sylane v Skehana-Mountbellew/MoyloughReferee:  David Staunton 16-05-2018 (Wed)Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 1Round 3Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry  19:00 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v KillimorReferee:  Peter Murphy Cappataggle 19:00 Cappataggle v PortumnaReferee:  James Lundon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 7Round 3Oranmore-Maree 19:00 Oranmore-Maree v Rahoon-NewcastleReferee:  Conor Quinlan Ballyloughane 19:00   Liam Mellows v MoycullenReferee:  David Earls print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Tommy Larkins Park 14:00 Tommy Larkins v GortReferee:  David Cunningham Tonabrocky 14:00 Rahoon-Newcastle v CarnmoreReferee:  Murt Ó Cualáin Leitrim Community Centre 14:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v St ThomasReferee:  Brian Keon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 5Round 3Clarinbridge 19:00 Clarinbridge v LoughreaReferee:  Paul Fahy Beagh 19:00 Beagh v CraughwellReferee:  Noel Quinn Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 4Round 3Kilbeacanty 19:00 Kilbeacanty v GortReferee:  Michael Conway Ballinderreen 19:00 Ballinderreen v ArdrahanReferee:  Karol Collins 12-05-2018 (Sat)last_img read more

West Kootenay Timberwolves tie the Cranbrook Outlaws in Rossland Opener

first_imgThe West Kootenay Timberwolves kicked off the first of two back-to-back home weekends in Rossland on June 1.  The visiting Cranbrook Outlaws were looking for their second win of the season against the Timberwolves. The players did not disappoint the fans, with both teams delivering a strong and entertaining performance. The game ended tied at 6, with neither team able to score in the 5‑minute sudden death overtime. Offensive Technical Coach Kevin Floyd was thrilled with the fan support and the Timberwolves performance. “We had a great turnout for our first game of the season in Rossland. We were hoping for a win at home for the large crowd but were very happy with the come back effort. We hope that the fans who came out to cheer us on were satisfied and continue to support us down the regular season stretch as we try to earn home advantage for playoffs.”Five Timberwolves players found the back of the Outlaws net, led by Castlegar’s Eric Reid who scored twice. Fruitvale’s Konrad Kohl, Rossland’s Alex Forshaw, Castlegar’s Dustin Perepolkin, and call-up player Reece Whitehead each contributed one goal. Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek commended the players’ effort. “The boys played hard. They hit the post five times in overtime but just could not get the winning goal.” The Timberwolves have four regular season games left. They are hosting the Calgary Axemen on June 8 (2 pm) and the Olds Stingers on June 9 (11 am) at the Castlegar Complex. The Axemen and the Stingers will play each other on June 8 at 8 pm. West Kootenay and Cranbrook are tied at 3-3-1 in the Junior B Tier 3 Division standings. Game detailsSaturday June 1, Rossland Arena (Rossland)Final score: 6-6Timberwolves goals: Eric Reid (2), Alex Forshaw (1), Konrad Kohl (1), Dustin Perepolkin (1), Reece Whitehead (1).Attendance: 160last_img read more