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‘Curious Toys’ book has deliciously creepy setting

An amusement park with its odd corners, dark mysterious rides, nefarious-looking characters and garish lighting makes for a deliciously creepy setting for “Curious Toys,” Elizabeth Hand’s atmospheric historical novel set in 1915 Chicago. Despite all that, Riverview Amusement Park also is ...

In ‘Mistress of Evil,’ Maleficent plays mom

For a moment, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” seems poised to turn into a wonderful take on “Father of the Bride” only with fangs and wings. Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), the beauty who escaped the curse of sleep, merrily accepts the proposal of Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson), a ...

New HBO series ‘Watchmen’ hopes to match original’s ambition

NEW YORK — Damon Lindelof didn’t take lightly the challenge of adapting the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The “Lost” and “The Leftovers” co-creator was a fan of the revered “Watchmen” book ever since his father handed him the first few issues when he was 13 in the ...

Fresh Coast Film Festival returns

MARQUETTE — The popular Fresh Coast Film Festival is returning to Marquette Thursday through Sunday. In the vein of the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, Fresh Coast is a documentary festival celebrating the “outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great ...

Imagine this: Natalie Merchant honored with Lennon award

NEW YORK — At this stage of her life, Natalie Merchant is more proud of getting an honor named for John Lennon because of what it says about her activism than her music. The singer is the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline a tribute concert to the former ...

Susan Bertram receives 2019 lifetime achievement award

MARQUETTE — The Folk Alliance Region Midwest has selected Hiawatha Music Co-op founding member and current Board of Directors member, Susan Bertram, for its 2019 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year at the annual conference, FARM presents two awards ...

Portman’s ‘Lucy in the Sky’ is an interesting mess

The words “inspired by real events” are some of the first you see on screen in “Lucy in the Sky.” But that loose tie to reality becomes more of a noose than a help for the story that director Noah Hawley is trying to tell. Hawley and screenwriters Elliott DiGuiseppi and Brian C. Brown ...

Superiorland NIGHTLIFE

Today 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, Marquette Tuesday 10 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring InTune at Rainbow Bar, Ishpeming Wednesday 6 p.m. — Live ...

The tech is advanced, but ‘Gemini Man’ is lifeless

Will Smith is usually an asset for a movie. He’s the kind of true movie star whose charisma can elevate even the most mediocre material. You’d think then that it would be a good thing to have not just one but two Will Smiths in a movie if you can. That was at least part of the idea ...

the local SCENE

A calendar of local arts and entertainment events Ongoing The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming ...

Class warfare depicted brilliantly in ‘Parasite’

Bong Joon-ho’s film “Parasite” starts in a dingy, half-basement apartment with a family of four barely able to scratch out a life. There must be no place to go but up, right? Yes and no. There’s nothing predictable when the South Korean director is on his game. This dark, socially ...

Happy now? Everyone is talking about ‘Joker’

LOS ANGELES — There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but the spotlight on “Joker” is testing the limits of that old cliche. The origin story about the classic Batman villain has inspired pieces both in defense of and against the movie. It’s been hailed as the thing that’s going ...

Eddie Murphy shines in vulgar, heartfelt ‘Dolemite’

For the amount of cursing, vulgarity and nudity in “Dolemite Is My Name ,” it might come as a surprise that it’s actually a rather sweet and heartfelt film. “Dolemite” is not here to shock and scandalize. It’s simply a loving, R-rated portrait of Rudy Ray Moore, a nobody who had the ...

Superiorland Nightlife

Today 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, Marquette Tuesday 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring InTune at Rainbow Bar, Ishpeming Wednesday 6 p.m. — Live ...

‘The Irishman’

NEW YORK — Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” premiered Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival, finally raising the curtain on the director’s long-awaited, 209-minute crime-drama opus. Though the film’s genre and cast, including Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, has led some to expect a ...