Category: Features

Indie Films Getting Attention from Kentlands Stadium 10

With the roaring success of the Manhattan Short Film Festival at Kentlands Stadium 10 and the demand for more challenging adult films, it appears the management is getting the message: There is an audience for fine films in Kentlands. Recently,…

Mike at the Movies

“Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) ***** An absolute gem of a film. It is based on a true story of a Chinese dancer who defected in the ‘80s while a student with the Houston Ballet. The director of the ballet at…

Traveling Alone

You’re here by yourself?” a fellow traveler asked me on a recent cruise I took from Baltimore  to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Yes, indeed. I’ve been traveling by myself for a long time,” I reassured him. “I can go where and…

Reader’s Choice

“Labor Day” Written by Joyce Maynard Joyce Maynard. Just her name conjures up so many images for me that my curiosity impelled me to pick up her recently released paperback, “Labor Day.” In the 1980s Maynard wrote a syndicated column,…

Pumpkin Treats

Seasonal cooking becomes more fun when I try to come up with culinary treats to honor the holidays. As we head into the fall and winter holidays, add these delicious, decadent and unique recipes to your repertoire. PUMPKIN PATCH SHAKE…

Mike at the Movies

“The Social Network” (PG-13) ***** Mark Zuckerberg is told by one of his lawyers: “You’re not an a**hole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.” That Mark, played with relentless energy and complexity by Jesse Eisenberg, is the hero…

Shop Talk

Manhattan Short Film Series The Manhattan Short Film Series is set for September 26 at the Kentlands Stadium 10 Theaters at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7 and are available at the door. For more information, www.msfilmfestival.com. KDP Developments The Kentlands…

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Kentlands Community Foundation Although we are sad to see Carrie Dietz go, the Kentlands Community Foundation made an excellent choice in hiring the Town Courier staffer as its next executive director. We believe Dietz will do a stellar job, although…

Let’s Simplify to Clarify Politics

At election time, I am finding the harder I try to be thoughtful and educated in my choices, the harder it is to vote. As you read this (but not as I write it), Maryland’s primary elections are over. Perhaps…