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‘BlacKkKlansman’ echoes ongoing equality crisis

The United States faces a disparate equality crisis.Unlike the civil rights era of Martin Luther King's calls for peaceful protest and integration, the nation has in the 21st Century a multiplicity of diverse groups grasping to gain or retain leaps toward inclusiveness. Laws of the land do not ...

‘The First Purge’ kicks off season of horror flicks

"Get off the street and into the church," sound like words of sanctuary beckoning, except it's on Staten Island, scene of a limited government experiment intended to lower the nation's crime rate.Saturated by brief "what makes you angry" exchanges among ordinary Island residents, a pseudo ...

New director takes different approach with latest ‘Jurassic Park’

Do dinosaurs deserve protected, endangered species status or to face no escape from a continually more intense volcanic eruption on Isla Nubla, which once provided sanctuary for the cloned species except for thousands of gawking tourists hoping for a good selfie?It's run raptors run for ...

‘Incredibles 2’ shows empowered females and family dynamics

Mutants and superheroes have faced examination, illegality and hiding in plain sight. "X-Men" (2000) introduced the mutant collection of Professor Xavier to the big screen - as his "school" for kids with special talents existed in a jurisdiction where mutants are forbidden.Before the worries of ...

The return of Rednecksploitation on TV

Nearly five years after some young southern West Virginia adults took MTV's "Buckwild" to a height of redneck popularity, MTV and the former producers of "Buckwild" are at it again.And 2013 deja vu hit too - "Buckwild's" resident diva Salwa Amin has been arrested in Florida on a Virginia ...

June movies offer something for everyone

June's most awaited triple blockbuster will see a return to save the nearly extinct dinosaurs left running free in "Jurassic World." For "Fallen Kingdom" Claire (Bryce Dallas howard, minus her sturdy high heels) and Owen (Chris Pratt) return to the forbidden (and abandoned) isle where an ...

Reviews & previews: Spring & summer

Tentpoles are coming."Avengers: Infinity Wars" represents the first of the summertime cinematic obsession with superheroes, special effects and sequels. What follows:- DEADPOOL 2: May 18- SOLO: A Star Wars Story: May 25- JURASSIC WORLD Fallen Kingdom: June 22- ANT MAN and the WASP: July 6When ...

Don’t go trespassing near Twelve Pole

Wayne County has a house. It's along Twelve Pole. 335. Looks like a fixer upper.335 has a history.Years past a tenant's wife appeared to be a witch - or at the very least possessed by the dark arts. The man hanged his wife on a sprawling tree, but after checking her dirty toe for a pulse, he ...

WV Netflix doc receives Oscar buzz

By Tony RutherfordA short documentary by West Virginia University alumna Elaine McMillion Sheldon and her husband, Kerrin, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shot in Huntington, "Heroin(e)" focuses on the efforts of three women ...

‘Black Panther’ raises the bar on diversity in movies

"Black Panther" conquered the cinematic world its first week out in a single four-day sweep. Chadwick Boseman plays King T'Challa, AKA the Black Panther, a king and superhero hailing from the fictional super tech African country of Wakanda.Sidestepping direct Marvel Universe conflicts, the ...