One Popcorn: Flop
Two Popcorns: Wait till it’s on video
Three Popcorns: Go see it
Four Popcorns: Standing ovation
"Rise Of The Guardians" 3-D
Cast: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law
Director: Peter Ramsey
Comment: A nostalgic reminder of all the "guardians" that make/made childhood so magical. A great family holiday experience!
Cast: Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew MacFadyen
Director: Joe Wright
Comment: Pretentious and boring!
"Life Of Pi" 3D
Genre: Drama/ Adventure
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu
Director: Ang Lee
Comment: A work of art. A compelling adventure of faith with stunning visuals. See it in 3-D!
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Director: David O. Russell
Comment: Mental illness isn't funny but, this subject is handled realistically and with sensitivity evolving into the silver lining. Bradley Cooper is terrific, and everyone will fall in love with Jennifer Lawrence. DeNiro shines as usual. Loaded with heart.
"The Late Quartet"
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Comment: Slow, but powerful. A superb ensemble portrays the rigors of world-class, classical music performance and the inevitable ego conflicts behind the scenes. Very moving.
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26 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency: Chorus Rehearsal
26 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency: Student Recital
27 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency: Chorus Rehearsal
27 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency: Orchestra Rehearsal
He's a swinging sensation
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'Excellent' mentors recognized
One East County teacher may officially be coined “excellent.”
Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.