Entertainment

School is out and iHeartMedia Beaumont has come to the rescue with an ultimate kid experience – the 10th annual Valero Kid Fest brought to you in part by Philpott Toyota and the Port Arthur Police Department. 

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Movies didn’t disappoint over the holidays. There was literally something for everyone with everything from rom-coms to super heroes to family fare. If you define family as anyone from 7 to 70 and beyond then “Mary Poppins Returns” was high on the list of must-sees. It was a true Disney production in the grand old fashion from the full orchestrations of the score to the elaborate set design and costumes. That much did harken back to the glory days of Disney.

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There’s a big qualifier for my best and worst picks for 2018 — I haven’t seen some contenders yet. So let’s say this is my best and worst so far. It’s been a strong year for women in film with actresses and directors. The Best Actress category is bound to be a crowded field with veterans like Glenn Close for “The Wife” and most likely Lady Gaga for her debut in “A Star is Born.” But I’m getting ahead of myself lets recap the year with some hits and misses that I’ve seen:

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Amy Adams and Christian Bale star in McKay’s ‘Vice’

Adam McKay likes taking those pesky parts of history we tend to forget and turn them into movies lest we forget why we are where we are today. Take “The Big Short” about the house lending meltdown of 2008. We don’t like to remember there were some who sounded the alarm bell about what was happening in plain sight and then it happened, sending the economy spiraling with it. 

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Legally Blonde The Musical at the Lutcher Theater

“OMG you guys!!!” Legally Blonde — The Musical is coming back to the Lutcher Theater on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge (again) as Legally Blonde — The Musical takes America by storm. The ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde will take you from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice with the timely coming of age story of Broadway’s brightest heroine.

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Hunter Killer

Starring: Gerard Butler

Directed by: Donovan Marsh

Rated: PG-13

 

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By Stephen "doc" Watson, Special to the Examiner

True to its mission, the Lutcher Theater in Orange delivered professional entertainment for the enlightenment and cultural growth of people living in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana and delivered it in spades by hosting a remarkable music theater troupe known as “The Choir of Man.” 

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Life Itself

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonia Banderas

Directed by: Dan Fogelman

Rated: PG-13

 

Let this be a lesson: what works for television doesn’t always work for a feature film. Writer and director Dan Fogelman, the architect of the NBC hit series “This is Us,” spent his summer hiatus making this film for which the more correct title should have been “Life Bummer.”

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Big Thicket Association will host their 5th annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 7-mile paddle on the Neches River from Colliers Ferry Park to Lake Bayou set for 8 a.m.  

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It will be a weekend of revving up on the river during the 11th annual “Showdown on the Sabine” featuring more than 60 tunnel boat racers from the Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour on Sept. 14-16 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp (1000 Simmons Dr.).

“This particular event is one that I honestly look forward to each and every year,” said Brandy Judice, Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau coordinator. “It’s action packed and fun all weekend long.”

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