• Critic Michael Upton predicts big things for “La La Land,” staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, when Oscars roll around. Both Gosling and Stone received Golden Globes for their performance in the musical, and the film captured best comedy picture, director, screenplay, score, and song. (Image from CLTure.com)
    Reel Reviews: 2017 Oscar picks

    With the Golden Globes wrapped up, it is only natural to look ahead to Feb. 26 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out Oscars. Like always I’ll try and predict nominees and winners...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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    Boniface and General Sutter pair up

    Beer pairings and dinners have become a popular event over the past couple of years for brew fans and foodies. The General Sutter Inn and Bulls Head Public House have been capitalizing on the popularity for some...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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    Reel Reviews: ‘Passengers’ and ‘Jackie’

    The bad future and good past It was almost a certainty. My friends and family agreed. “Passengers” looked like a bad movie. Well, I went to see it anyway. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is a mechanic on...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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    Celebrating New Beers Eve

    Since I’ve been on a seasonal kick, I thought I might try and find a few beers to help ring in the New Year. There must be beers more celebratory than Miller High Life, the “champagne of...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • Felicity Jones portrays Jyn Erso, the heroine of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” (Image from bustle.com)
    ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

    The war outside Star Wars Let it be known … this Reel Reviews will be full of spoilers. So, tread lightly if you have yet to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” During its opening weekend...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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    Christmas concoctions

    Spring and summer have their wheat beers and Goses. Fall brings beer drinkers Oktoberfests. But winter is the time for truly seasonal beers, those full enough of spice to rekindle the spirit of Christmas. Now, these libations...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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    British invasion at EPAC: Oliver!

    I sat down with my copy of The Weekly Chronicle, No, 23 384, dated November 1837. The headline spoke of the Poor Amendment Law, which three years after its passing has shown little effect in the view...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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    ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

    A primer… and beyond I’ve recently heard a lot of confused chatter from Star Wars fans of my generation (X) and some older generations. What is this new Star Wars movie? When does it take place in...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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    ‘Tis the season! – (s)Hopin’ Around

    Now that another Thanksgiving is in the books, it is officially time for what my mother-in-law called “’Tis the season.” Since I was full of turkey and feeling festive, I went “Hop’in Around” with the notion of...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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    Reel Reviews

    ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ While everyone was cramming into theaters to see “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” i.e. the new Harry Potter movie (without Harry Potter), I took the opportunity to relax in some of...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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