• Domenic Palm plays Genie in “Aladdin Jr.” at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. “His ability to hit every mark
and nail every joke is something of high merit,” says reviewer Michael Upton. (Photo by Vinny Tennis)
    ‘Disney’s Aladdin Jr.’ is a magic carpet ride

      Steppenwolf’s classic rock hit “Magic Carpet Ride” may be one of the most memorable and important songs in the history of music, let alone rock ‘n’ roll. It’s almost a rite of passage. The single, released...

    • Posted February 10, 2016
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  • In 2005, Leonardo DiCaprio garnered his first Best Actor Oscar
nomination for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in “The Aviator.”
Film reviewer Michael Upton says it’s time for DiCaprio
to have his day — and his golden statue.
    And the Oscar goes to: Leonardo DiCaprio

      Best Actor nominees Since the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced I’ve been going through as many nominated films as possible. It gets kind of tough as some of their availability in our market has...

    • Posted February 10, 2016
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  • Liz Fulmer will perform Wednesday at Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster.
    Going gaga over Fulmer

    Not to be denied by either a mild cold or a pokerfaced guitar, Liz Fulmer took to the forefront of the Eicher Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 30, and impressed a full house with her musical stylings...

    • Posted February 3, 2016
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    ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

    Oscar nominees: Best Picture This year’s nominees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been announced, and once again there are a ton of films up for Best Picture. Actually, there are only eight,...

    • Posted January 28, 2016
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    Happy New Beer! (Part 2 of 2)

      If your New Year’s resolution was to find and try some new beers, I’m hoping I can help you out. Trying new beers has never been a real effort for me; I’ll give any beverage a...

    • Posted January 20, 2016
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  • According to columnist Michael Upton, both Rooney Mara (left) and Cate Blanchet are Best Actress nominee contenders for their roles in “Carol.”
    Reel Reviews: ‘Carol’ and ‘Joy’

    Oscar nominees: The leading ladies With Oscar nominations set to be announced Thursday, Jan. 14, I got an early jump on two movies creating a lot of buzz. 2016 may be remembered as the year of the...

    • Posted January 13, 2016
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    Grammy-winning Brits to rock The Main in Ephrata

    “I don’t care what they say / I won’t stay in a world without love.” – Peter and Gordon, “A World Without Love,” released April 27, 1964 Peter Asher is often labeled as a British guitarist, singer,...

    • Posted January 6, 2016
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  • To celebrate the New Year, intrepid beer columnist Michael Upton
is taste-testing a few releases from around the area. It’s a
dirty job, but someone has to do it.
    Hoppy New Year! (Part 1 of 2)

      If your New Year’s resolution was to find and try some new beers, I’m hoping I can help you out. Trying new beers has never been a real effort for me; I’ll give any beverage a...

    • Posted January 6, 2016
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  • Matt Murr (left, as Boba Fett) and Grant McFarland (as Moff Jerjerrod) from Lancaster’s Star Warsthemed
metal band “Galactic Empire,” attended opening night (Photos by Mike Shull)
    ‘Star Wars’ fans out in Force for opening night

    It’s been a week since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” began smashing the Hollywood record books. Boxes offices around the world raked in staggering amounts of revenue, and domestically the film set the highest bar by far,...

    • Posted December 22, 2015
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  • Iconic characters Chewbacca (portrayed by Peter Mayhew and
Joonas Suotamo) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) return in “Star
Wars: The Force Awakens.” (Photo from screenrant.com)
    ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – The Force is strong (and so are the spoilers)

      (Warning: This review contains SPOILERS!) So, if you were not one of the millions of people who packed into theaters last weekend (for coverage of opening night at Penn Cinema see the other story in this...

    • Posted December 22, 2015
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