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'Total Recall' a total blast

Fans of The Governator's 1990 version of "Total Recall" tend to share a common concern with this reboot. They're worried that an iconic figure from the original will be forgotten in the Colin Farrell version.
A non-Potter fan's view of 'Hallows'

Some conversations are just best avoided. It can be a matter of self preservation. There are people in your life that you know you cannot talk politics with; you know if the conversation starts, it will become an argument that you actually don't care all that much about but pretty soon everyone is yelling, tears are flowing, fists are flying. Maybe that is only a slight exaggeration. Or maybe you are that person that others avoid talking with. It doesn't have to be politics, either. If someone else knows a great deal more about something than you do, it is generally best to just talk about the weather (unless, of course, that person is a meteorologist).
'Legacy' a treat for the faithful

This has been a good year for nerds, hasn't it? Harry Potter made an appearance. "Inception" made it temporarily acceptable to endlessly debate the details of a movie about stealing secrets from people's dreams. Facebook's creator (Mark Zuckerberg), still in his mid-20's, is a multi-billionaire, the subject of an immensely popular movie and Time's Man of the Year. Finally, right before Christmas, every dork that has waited patiently for almost three decades for a sequel to their beloved "Tron" gets just that with "Tron: Legacy.
Romcom formula comes up lacking in 'With It'

Unfortunately, you are not going to like "Just Go With It."
'Fighter' pretty faultless

As Ricky Gervais boldly ripped everyone at Sunday's Golden Globes - from Bruce Willis ("You may know him from 'Hudson Hawk'? here is Ashton Kutcher's dad, Bruce Willis!") to Tom Cruise (implying the famous Scientologist might be gay) - I found myself wondering what Gervais might come up with to cut down "The Fighter." Sure, Christian Bale, who plays Micky Ward's (Mark Wahlberg) crack-addict brother Dickie in the film, is already on record for his off-the-wall blowups on movie sets. And sure, Bale managed to be the only Golden Globe winner (for playing Dickie) Sunday who actually had his mic turned off (everyone else got the hint when the music started to play).
What to look for in 2011

L ess than a week into the New Year, and about half of us have already fallen off the resolution wagon. Right? I happen to know my little sister's New Year's Eve declaration ("I won't eat any cheese!") lasted less than 48 hours. Me, I didn't even bother going through the motions of making half-hearted promises to myself. Instead of getting too carried away with life examinations, why not take a look at something we will all be doing at some point in 2011?
A letter to Matthew McConaughey

...five times. Maybe six. Take my advice, sir. Try to play only lawyers (preferably defense lawyers created by top-selling novelists). You are almost as good at playing them as you are at being handsome. Best Wishes, Chester Duke Carson
'Penguins' elicits few real laughs

A (fictional) sit-down with Michael Bay

Michael Bay steps into the room and closes the door behind him. He doesn't say anything, just looks at me. I've been doodling on my notepad waiting for him to arrive for this fictional interview, and realize I'm chewing on my pen. I decide to play it cool, keep chewing, pretend I'm not suddenly freaking out that Michael Bay is sizing me up.
'30 Minutes' short enough to work

C ontrary to popular belief, to be totally separated from any form of reality, a movie does not necessarily have to include any of the following: Bruce Willis drilling into an asteroid with his fellow roughnecks as said asteroid speeds toward Earth; Tom Cruise performing acrobatics at high speeds on a motorcycle while simultaneously participating in gunplay with bad guys; CGI Smurfs, chipmunks, or an alien named Paul; Will Smith (pick any one of his blockbusters).


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