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.

In an era of remakes and mashups and anti-heroes, it was hard to understand why Disney would go forward with a high-budget version of Cinderella that was so traditional in its style and narrative. Although I feared that I would be bored by Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairytale, the treatment of the story is refreshing and lovely, if sometimes also too breathlessly earnest.

I'm guessing you already know the plot of this movie. A kind and gentle girl, Ella (Lily James), beloved...

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You might not think that 70 ½ represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life — your retirement income.

Here's the background: Once you turn 70 ½, you will need to start taking withdrawals from your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan and from your traditional IRA (but not your Roth IRA). Actually, you will need to begin these withdrawals — known as "required minimum...

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TRACES OF MERCY
by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
David C. Cook Publishers, 978-0-7814-0869-1
PB, 352 pages, $14.99

As the gray smoke from the Civil War fades, Mercy is in a war with herself, between who she used to be and who she has the possibility of becoming. As she battles her amnesia, Mercy finds romance, but how can she go on with life and love when she does not know the secrets of her past?

Traces of Mercy is not a predictable, cookie-cutter love story; it includes a public hanging...

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When it comes to scary movies, I really like the artfully made ones or those that are so bad that they are as fun as they are scary. A really bad horror movie, in my book, is a mediocre one. The Lazarus Effect has some clever and campy elements, but is too lukewarm to amount to much fear or fun.

In The Lazarus Effect, a group of scientists are working on a serum that could bring patients back from death, allowing doctors more time to cure them of whatever ailment or injury led to their demise...

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Your Social Security benefits can be an important part of your retirement income strategy. But when should you start taking these payments?

You can begin accepting Social Security as early as 62, but your monthly checks will be much smaller than if you wait until your "full retirement age," which will likely be between 66 or 67. And these monthly payments will get even bigger if you wait until age 70, at which point they "max out." So, should you take your Social Security as early as possible...

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On The Daily Show a couple of weeks ago, Colin Firth joked that he got his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service for being the actor who least looked like he could beat someone up, and that his character aggressively taught others their manners. It's true that Firth's character is sort of like a cross between James Bond and Mary Poppins, but that just makes Kingsman all the more fun.

In the movie, Firth plays Harry Hart, a member of the elite spy agency, the Kingsmen, founded by a bunch of...

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