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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 5 'Aquaman' is a breath of fresh air from DC ★★★★★ Zack Snyder has been responsible for many of the DC Films and may be considered its godfather, but hasn't been without fan complaints. The dark, brooding, gloomy and dreary visuals he has fostered have left some DC loyalists and fans disap- pointed in the cinematic side of their comic book heroes. However, this new entry into the DC Universe has taken its cues per- haps from the immensely successful "Wonder Woman" helmed by Patty Jenkins, and is an absolute breath of fresh air. "Aquaman" is a superb origin story for a character who has often been shoved aside as a secondary or even a tertiary player among his roster of heroes. As the film opens, we learn his human father was a light- house keeper, played by Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones," and saved his mother Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) when she washed up on the rocky Maine coastline in 1985. After establishing his history, the film jumps forward in time to present day finding Arthur Curry/Aquaman ( Jason Momoa) thwarting an attack on a Russian sub by pirates led by Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Manta forges a deal with Aquaman's half brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) to attempt to take him down. "Aquaman" is an exciting film and has some aspects of "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." There's a lot of globe-trotting going on with a Sicily showdown, a Gladiator-like battle between broth- ers under the sea. Amber Heard's Mera is a gutsy heroine with an insufferably awful red wig, but cool water powers. Momoa's Arthur is a gung-ho and happy guy who's not interested in Atlantis and prefers to solve his problems with his anger and fists, whether in ocean or on land. But he is destined to be as powerful as the god Poseidon. Willem Dafoe is great as Vulko, playing both sides in this dispute between brothers. Nicole Kidman has had a huge year, between this and "The Upside." Here she plays Arthur's mom. DC has developed a knack for using mothers as the basis for the male hero's angst. Dolph Lundgren who just had a great turn reprising his Ivan Drago character in "Creed II" shows up here as King Nereus. Jason Momoa's Aquaman is by far the most charismatic of the DC film characters yet introduced, with perhaps an equal nod going to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. He brings a wit, charm and wisecracking demean- or to what feels like a very meaty role, but he brushes it all off with an I don't care attitude. Arthur is not nearly as damaged as Batman nor as dull as Superman. He's not dark or dreary, Arthur simply wants to shun his destiny and do his own thing on his own terms, especially if there's drinking involved James Wan has crafted a hero perhaps even more aspiring than has yet been brought forth in the DC Universe. "Aquaman" is light and airy and isn't bogged down by overbearing bad guys out for world domination. The bad guys here just want revenge and that keeps it per- sonal and contained. I think DC may finally be learning from Marvel what it's been getting wrong. "Aquaman" is a fun film that will have you rooting for this rough and tumble reluctant hero. The film is rated PG-13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE JASON MOMOA stars as the reluctant hero in DC Films' "Aquaman." Dining Guide WOOD OVEN PIZZA & BAR (401) 353-7110 1874 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence Dining Hours: Sunday Dinner 12-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Bar Open Later Nightly VOTED BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN NORTH PROVIDENCE White Bean & Sausage Bruschetta $ 12.95 Grilled zucchini, white beans, sweet Italian sausage, basil pesto. Seafood Platter for Two $ 32.95 6 Oysters, 6 Littlenecks on half shell, 6 Shrimp cocktails. Potato Gnocchi & Beef Short Rib $ 24.95 Potato dumplings, braised short rib, roasted mushrooms, sautéed spinach, Fontina cheese, toasted bread crumbs, pan gravy cream sauce. Seafood Stuffed Cod $ 23.95 Stuffed with crab meat and shrimp, topped with sautéed spinach and tomatoes, roasted Tuscan potatoes. Surf & Turf $ 26.95 8 oz. Grilled N.Y. Sirloin and Baked Stuffed Shrimp, served with garlic mashed potato and green beans. On-Site or Off-site Catering Pick-up or Drop-off Happy Valentine's Day Appetizer Course Entrée S pecials Special creationS for that Special Someone 46 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI 401-231-8111 web: email: © 4 Cheese Eggplant Lasagna • $ 13.95 Fresh eggplant breaded and deep fried, ricotta, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses layered between fresh noodles. Then covered with marinara sauce and cheese and bakes to perfection. Served with a choice of a cup of soup OR small salad. Fettucine Al Mare • $ 13.95 Fresh cooked fettucine noodles sautéed in our Alfredo sauce with shrimp, bay scallops, fresh garlic and diced tomatoes Served with choice of a cup of soup OR small salad. Cavatelli & Short Ribs • $ 13.95 Fresh cooked cavatelli and tender pork short ribs smothered in our famous meat sauce. Served with your choice of cup of soup or small salad. Prosciutto and Sharp Provolone Sandwich • $ 10.95 Prosciutto di parma and sharp provolone with sliced tomatoes and oil and vinegar served on a ciabatta roll with your choice of soup or fries. Steak Sandwich • $ 11.00 Extra lean shaved steak grilled with onions, mushrooms and cheese. Stuffed Quahogs • $ 5.95 Two gourmet stuffed clams served with lemon and Tabasco. Snail Salad • $ 14.95 Fresh cooked snails sliced thin, marinated in olive oil, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice and Italian parsley. CRÈME BRULEE CHEESECAKE SPECIALS OF THE WEEK $ 3 Bud Lite Bottle $ 4 16 oz. Foolproof Grotto IPA $ 14 Bottle of Kenwood Chardonnay $ 8 Butterfinger Martini DRINK SPECIALS

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