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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | OCTOBER 17-23, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 5 'Bad Times at the El Royale' worth ride to the theater ★★★★ One of the more influential film- makers in the last two decades is Quentin Tarantino. He has influenced plenty of younger artists with his style of heavy dialogue mixed with crime and violence. In an era where so many are watch- ing videos on their phones or staying home for flicks on Netflix or Amazon Prime, getting bodies into the seats at the cinema is become increasingly difficult. That's why its promising when something like "Bad Times at the El Royale" come to the multiplex. It's a long film clocking in at over two hours that admittedly could've used perhaps a bit of trimming. But, it tells the tale of four strangers and the front desk clerk at a hotel situated half in California and half in Nevada. But this is no ordinary hotel and as these particular guests come to find out, the El Royale has some secrets behinds it's walls. Set in the late 60s, there's plenty of kitsch and period clothing and music. A paroled bank robber ( Jeff Bridges) masquerading as a priest returns to recover the money his partner buried in the floor ten years earlier, another guest ( Jon Hamm) is talkative but might be more than he appears to be, while another (Cynthia Erivo) is just a singer looking for a layover on her way to her gig in Reno. The last guest is a mysterious woman (Dakota Johnson) who is run- ning from something or someone. While Jon Hamm's apparent vacuum salesman gets the initial action and begins to peel back the layers of this nefarious establishment, it is the tale of Bridges and Erivo that weigh down the back half of the film. Though, the reveal of Dakota Johnson's "Emily" background helps shed light on the arrival of Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) near the end. Hemsworth plays a shirtless, mus- tachioed, surfing Californian that is a hippie cult leader and it is as far away from 'Thor' as could possibly be. While he never gets the full biograph- ical background dossier, through flashbacks, you learn of his relation- ship to Emily and her younger sister, Rose. His arrival does not bode well for anyone at the hotel. Lewis Pullman who portrays the front desk clerk, Miles, comes across as a shadowy Norman Bates type who has clearly seen and done many evil things. But Hemsworth's arrival in the third act is sultry and malicious, he is totally brooding. The film wraps up all the plot lines quite neatly and effectively in what is moody, dark, crime and murder noir. The setup for this film presents five very distinct vignettes for these characters and each is given the time and opportunity to percolate. Like a Tarantino film, you begin to choose your favorites and find yourself invested in one character or another. The suspense and peril build through- out and culminate in a delicious end- ing. The film is written and directed by Drew Goddard who has been involved in a myriad of genre fare dating back to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on TV. His other credits include "Alias," "Lost," "World War Z" and "The Martian." He also direct- ed "The Cabin in the Woods," so he already had a notch on his belt for creating a strange setting for a group of strangers. Rated R Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE DAKOTA JOHNSON plays a mysterious woman who is running from something or someone in "Bad Times at El Royale." Smith-Appleby House hosts Scarecrow Contest SMITHFIELD – Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road, will host a Fall Scarecrow Contest on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. Judged categories and prizes: • Children ages 12 and younger - Halloween gift bag with candy, $25 Visa gift card • Family - $50 gift certificate for CW Lanes & Games, Lincoln Mall • Adults over age 12 - $50 Laura's Bar and Grill gift certificate • Elementary classroom - $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate Rules: Scarecrows must be hand- made, not purchased; free stand- ing; family-rated and non-political; sturdy enough to withstand inclement weather. Setup begins on Sunday, Oct. 21, at noon. Judging will be completed at 1:30 p.m. Museum Tours will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours are $5 for adults and free for children. Visit www.smithapplebyhouse.org or call 401-231-7363. Vendors and crafters sought for fall fair PAWTUCKET – Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, 514 Smithfield Ave., is seeking vendors and crafters for its fall fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tables are $30 each with a donation to the raffle. To reserve a table, call Jean at 401-215-4597. Tables must be paid in advance. Dining Guide SUNDAY SPECIAL 12:00 til 8:00 p.m. FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN EAT-IN OR TAKE-OUT $7.95 WITH A PURCHASE OF A BEVERAGE OR COCKTAIL All white meat or all dark meat $2 extra. Expires October 28, 2018. Valid on Sunday. All dinners come with antipasto or soup, potato & pasta, homemade bread with olive oil. WE SERVE FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN EVERY DAY FRIDAY SPECIAL Fish & Chips, 3 Clamcakes And Bowl of Red Chowder $9.95 FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN TUES. & WED. • Only $8.95 226 St. Louis Ave. Woonsocket, RI (off Diamond Hill Rd. (401) 767-2000) Kitchen Hours; Tues.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun. Noon-9 p.m., Open 7 Days for Private Functions or Funeral Collations. 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