Entertainment

Several dramas on Kevin's list of top 10 movies of 2011

Another year has almost gone. I almost cannot believe I started writing for the paper seven years ago. I have reviewed comedies, action movies, and oh so many animated films, most of which were very good. I have never made a top 10 films of the year list. I know that critics like Roger Ebert and Claudia Puig make them, but I never thought I would have to make one myself. The movies I have picked were different to me in some way. They were not the same as other movies in their genre or they simply just told a great story. Read More»

Sci-fi and fantasy on Mike's top 10 movies of 2011

I used to go to more movies when I wasn’t a married man with kids. It didn’t matter if a “good” movie was only playing at Tara or Phipps, I’d make the trek and settle in to an Oscar contender at any time of year. That doesn’t happen now. I can’t even get out of the office as much anymore to take in a film. This is all just a way of defending the fact that my list doesn’t have films like “The Descendants,” “Young Adult” or “War Horse” on it. I will see those before the Oscars and use my full knowledge to hopefully make accurate predictions come Oscar time. Read More»

'Hugo': Scorsese’s film runs like an endless film reel

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Movies come out every year. They get good reviews, bad reviews, and mixed reviews. I, as a critic, enjoy reviewing these numerous films, the good, the bad, and the too ugly for words. I am a person who usually either likes a movie or hates it. The point is that I don’t give mixed reviews to many films. I will give a film a mixed review if I believe a proper tone is not set, the events are odd or if it starts out one way and ends another. “Hugo” is an example of the first and third reasons for me giving a film a mixed review. Read More»

Lots of holiday shows this weekend

Carla’s Dance Factory and the Georgia Youth Ballet will perform a benefit show at Sandy Creek this weekend. Photo/Special.

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Why not catch one of the many holiday productions in the area.

Carla’s Dance Factory and Georgia Youth Ballet will again present their production of “A Christmas Spectacular” and “The Nutcracker, Land of Sweets” in collaboration with Sandy Creek High School’s Choral and Drama Departments. It is a show designed with the entire family in mind and truly has something for everyone. Read More»

Several animated Christmas light displays in county

In 2005, a commercial on television featured an animated Christmas lights display set to music. The display was done by an electrical engineer from Ohio named Carson Williams. The popularity of the commercial and video, which was passed around the internet, inspired many people to set up their own animated Christmas light displays and there are three (that we know of) in Fayette County that residents can drive to and see through the Christmas season. Read More»

Band at Tyrone tree lighting

Band at Tyrone tree lighting

Students with the Flat Rock Middle School Band were just one of the groups that added a bit of Christmas flavor to the setting Dec. 4 for Tyrone’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration. Residents by the hundreds turned out for the festivities and to welcome Santa to town. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Shades of Red entertain in Senoia

Shades of Red entertain in Senoia

The streets of Senoia during the late afternoon hours Dec. 3 were filled with the sounds of Shades of Red, the jazz vocal ensemble from the University of West Georgia. The group sang for the mass of people on hand for the annual Light Up Senoia celebration. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia turns out for Christmas parade

Senoia turns out for Christmas parade

The population of Senoia again this year swelled to overflowing for the annual Christmas Parade held on Dec. 3. More than 50 entries began the route at the south end of Main Street and continued past City Hall. The parade was only one of many events that make the Light Up Senoia event a major attraction each year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Riding with Santa in F’ville

Riding with Santa in F’ville

Willow Wismer gets a ride around Fayetteville with Santa in his sleigh. Joyce Waits, Main Street Coordinator for Fayetteville, was also along for the ride. Photo/Michael Boylan.

'A Christmas Carol' at City Tap this weekend

Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Houghtaling), Spirit of Christmas Present (Connor Whittle), Spirit of Christmas Past (MiKayla DeBreuil) and Tiny Tim (Joshua Safran) from ACOF's A Christmas Carol Dinner Theatre Event.  

Ebenezer Scrooge invites all to A Company of Friends Productions' dinner theatre event, “A Christmas Carol.” However, to experience this powerful presentation and enjoy the delicious holiday meal that is included in the ticket price, you must act quickly as seats are filling up fast. Read More»