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Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "THE WORDS"

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On a Thursday afternoon, I found myself sitting alone in a small theater heckling. Embarrassingly, it's not that unusual for me to talk back to a movie, but I don't think I've ever been so annoyed that I held my head in my hands, grumbling. Such was the case with The Words.

The Words tells a story within a story within a story, starting with author Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) giving a reading of his new novel The Words. His book tells the story of Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a young author...

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A HOLLYWOOD REVIVAL

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When I was a young college student I had the opportunity to go with a friend to a "revival" in the town of Hollywood, Georgia. That's right, there is such a place: Hollywood, Georgia. "On a clear night you can see all the stars," the locals say (Go ahead and groan). In reality, Hollywood is more of a county crossroads than a mecca for the rich and famous. It has a diner, a church, and not much else.

In the South a "revival" has at least two very different things. First, it is a spiritual...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "LAWLESS"

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Prohibition Era crime movies are a Hollywood classic, known for Tommy guns, femme fatales, and dirty cops that make the real criminals the sympathetic heroes of the show. Lawless, the new bootlegging crime drama with an all-star cast, draws on many of these traditions, but pairs them with a gorgeous rural setting and wonderful character development.

Lawless tells the story of the Bondurant brothers, Howard (Jason Clarke), Forrest (Tom Hardy), and Jack (Shia LaBeouf) and their bootlegging...

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SCHINDLER SEZ: NUTS, THE POT & WONDERFUL

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Everybody likes to laugh...but no one likes to be laughed at.

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In vaudeville days, the cheapest and rowdiest seats in the house were called the peanut gallery. That's because that audience usually bought peanuts since they were the cheapest snack. In addition, if they didn't like the performer(s), they'd throw peanuts at them. Hence, the phrase, "no comments from the peanut gallery," was coined. I just wanted you all to know that, in case I ever use that phrase, you won't think I'm...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN"

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Whoever decided the release date for The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a marketing genius. The feel-good family film opened the week of or before the first day of school and takes place in a rural factory town whose major product is classic yellow pencils. Well played.

Timothy Green tells the story of Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton), a couple trying to adopt a child. In order to explain why they would make fit parents to Evette Onat (Shohreh Aqhdashloo), the caseworker in...

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HATING THE HATERS

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Several years ago, on the courthouse steps of the town in which I lived, there was a rally. A homosexual couple in our community was seeking to become foster parents. You can imagine the kickback that erupted in a small Southern town.

But it wasn't just the members of our community who were most vocal in protest. Gathered on the courthouse steps of our fair city were representatives of a religious group from Washington D.C. and points beyond, to speak out in holy fury.

I strolled up the...

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