• Jack Black stars in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."
    ‘The Inhabitants’ and other scary things

    Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be given an advanced screening of “The Inhabitants,” the second foray into filmmaking by the writing, directing, brotherly duo of Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The Rasmussens are known for...

    • Posted October 7, 2015
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  • Rachel Collister of Reamstown shares a smile as the festivities
begin on Main Street. (Photos by Mike Shull)
    Lititz Craft Beer Fest 2.0

    That was fun! The sun has set on another successful Lititz Craft Beer Festival after thousands of fans sampled everything from bologna beer to best-in-shows. Here’s a rundown of some of the most memorable — for good and...

    • Posted September 30, 2015
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    Something Mad is brewing

    Believe it or not, I don’t immediately run to the newest brewery or brewpub when it opens. I like to give it time. So much can go wrong in the food service industry during a new establishment’s...

    • Posted September 23, 2015
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  • M. Night Shyamalan
    ‘The Visit’ – To Shyamalan or not to Shyamalan

      M. Night Shyamalan is back … for better or for worse. If you’ve followed this column for a while you know I have deep seeded love/hate relationship* for the Philadelphia-raised director of all things supernatural and...

    • Posted September 16, 2015
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  • Gene Connelly (right) as Dr. Frederick Treves, and Tim Riggs as John Merrick, in “The Elephant Man,”
running through Sept. 19 at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.  Photo by Suzette Wenger, LNP
    ‘The Elephant Man’ is everyman

    As many may know, I have as much adoration for cinema as I do live theater. So, it will be with little surprise to learn I thought of the 1985 movie “Mask” when I first learned EPAC...

    • Posted September 16, 2015
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  • “Daryl Hall & John Oates: Recorded Live in Dublin,” a concert
film, will be screened Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. at Ephrata Main Theatre.
    Alternate content: Ephrata Main Theatre looks beyond Hollywood

    First-run films are one thing, but the Ephrata Main Theatre and CAFÉ are now looking to provide more than just Hollywood blockbusters. In August, the theater offered the live film, “Aerosmith Rocks Donington,” which catalogs the band’s...

    • Posted September 9, 2015
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  • Lititz Craft Beer Fest organizers have tasked Great
Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, to create a strain
of their Edmund Fitzgerald porter. It will contain
beans from Whiff Roasters and Wilbur Chocolate.
However, snow is not expected for this year’s event. (Photo from downthehatchbeer.com)
    A little bit of Lititz in every sip

    Per capita, Lititz has its due share of breweries, for sure. Some of the beers created by these breweries carry names dedicated to the area, Lititz Spring Lager from JoBoy’s, Moravian Wheat and Sturgis Stout from Sturgis...

    • Posted September 9, 2015
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  • 1985’s “The Breakfast Club,” starring (left to right) Judd Nelson,
Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael
Hall, won Michael Upton’s poll as the best back-to-school
movie of all time.
    Time to get schooled

    Once again, we’ve entered into the movie doldrums as we move out of summer and wait for the big-budget films of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s back to school time, which made me think of movies along that...

    • Posted September 2, 2015
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    Judgment day: The craft beer tasters have spoken

      Aug. 13 was my birthday, and I couldn’t think of a much better way to spend it than trying a few dozen brews. It just so happened the first round of judging for the Lititz Craft...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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    ‘Straight Outta Compton’: The strength of street knowledge

    I remember when I first heard N.W.A. I was up late, flipping through the channels when I landed on MTV. Here were a couple dudes dressed in a style I had never seen before telling me they...

    • Posted August 19, 2015
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