Author Archives: Joel Crabtree

Maine film ‘Hanover House’ gets what it wants (a world premiere) May 9-10

We’ve all heard the legend surrounding William Friedkin’s 1973 classic “The Exorcist,” where the production was surrounded by so many unusual deaths that many came to believe the film’s set was cursed. Same goes for “The Poltergeist” and “The Omen,” … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Local Spotlight | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Movie Review: ‘Escape Plan’

In theaters “Escape Plan,” written by Miles Chapman (story and screenplay) and Jason Keller (screenplay), directed by Mikael Hafstrom, 115 minutes, rated R. It’s 2013, and somehow there’s a movie currently in theaters starring both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blu-ray/DVD Pick(s) of the Week: ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘The Conjuring’

This week on Blu-ray and DVD, we drop back into the lives of Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy), and I use the phrase “drop-in” because “Before Midnight,” the final film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy, is another fascinating intrusion … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Movie Review: ‘Carrie’ (2013)

In theaters “Carrie,” written by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (screenplay), Stephen King (novel), directed by Kimberly Peirce, 99 minutes, rated R. Now is the perfect time to revive Stephen King’s “Carrie,” the cautionary tale of the repercussions that … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

DVD/Blu-ray Pick of the Week: ‘The Stranger’

This week, Kino Lorber released a remastered edition of “The Stranger,” a tight political thriller from 1946, which also happens to be the third feature film directed by Orson Welles. Welles also stars in “The Stranger” as Charles Rankin, a … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Grand in Ellsworth to hold third annual LGBT Film Festival

This weekend, the LGBT Film Festival celebrates its third year at The Grand in Ellsworth with a new theme to inspire hope, building on the previous years when the festival highlighted the “It Gets Better” movement and “Sharing the Stories.” … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Local Spotlight | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Movie Review: ‘Captain Phillips’

In theaters “Captain Phillips,” written by Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty (based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea”), directed by Paul Greengrass, 134 minutes, rated PG-13. Paul Greengrass … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

DVD/Blu-ray Pick of the Week: ‘I Married a Witch’

Just in time for Halloween, The Criterion Collection has released Rene Clair’s 1942 supernatural screwball comedy “I Married a Witch,” a love story whose satire and wit still ring true more than 70 years after its initial release. The films … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Movie Review: ‘Bad Milo’

In theaters and on demand “Bad Milo,” written by Benjamin Hayes and Jacob Vaughan, directed by Vaughan, 85 minutes, rated R. Stress can lead to any number of ailments, both physical and mental. From heart disease to sleep disorders, when … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged | Leave a comment

Movie Review: ‘Gravity’

In theaters “Gravity,” written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, 90 minutes, rated PG-13. “Gravity,” the latest from acclaimed “Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuaron, lifts you up to the most solitary space imaginable, where the … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment