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Mike at the Movies

The Judge (R) ***** Acting at its best is the art of one person becoming so like the character he is portraying that you forget there is an actor performing. A great film happens when a company of actors become…

Mike at the Movies

Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) *** What can be wrong with a movie that features two cute kids, not one but TWO dolphins, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.? Not much, as it turns out. For anyone who loves…

Creating ‘Noni’s Little Problem’

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By Nora Hickman Caplan, “Noni’s Little Problem” for middle-grade readers explores issues of weight and bullying, offering readers sympathy and encouragement.

The first glimmer of an idea for my book came from Diane Dorney, the founder of what was then called “The Kentlands Town Crier.” The early articles I submitted seemed awkward; I wasn’t comfortable about my writing. I hadn’t yet…

Mike at the Movies

A Most Wanted Man (R) **** Most of John le Carré’s novels seem dark, and that mood is maintained easily in this movie by filming it in Hamburg. As with most le Carré’s plots, this one is apparently very complicated,…

History, Hooch and Hospitality

I love out-of-town company but for repeaters (people that come often) sometimes I run out of places to take them and ways to entertain them. Recently, I found one of the ultimate destinations. Bloomery Plantation Distillery is a 12-acre farm…

Mike at the Movies

Boyhood (R) ***** You may have heard about this film. It was shot over a 12-year span with the same cast so it is unusually consistent in character, pace and appearance. Forget all that. As remarkable as it was to…

Soups for Summer

Summer is when we get to relax, enjoy good friends and serve great recipes made from fresh farm produce, and fresh seafood. Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup It is great on a hot summer night since it is light and easy,…