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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JUNE 6-12, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 5 'Brightburn' is an anti-hero thriller HHH The new movie "Brightburn" tells the story of a married couple unable to conceive a child when one liter- ally falls from the sky onto their Kansas farm. Tori Breyer, played by Elizabeth Banks, and her husband, Kyle (David Denman), take in this mys- terious child and raise him as their own. Brandon grows up through a montage of video clips seemingly normal as can be, though somewhat shy and unsure of himself. It becomes obvious that he seems to have developed an interest in a classmate and he is unsure of how to act upon those feelings. Complicating matters is that the spacecraft he arrived in, which is now hidden underneath the family barn, seems to be communicating with him at night causing him to sleepwalk and do other unnatural and odd things. After a particularly hostile physical outburst in school toward another student, Brandon begins to show signs not only of a rebellious nature, but perhaps of a more sinister disposition. The remainder of the movie charts his violent trajectory against anyone who rallies against or opposes him. Comparisons to "Red Son" have been made to this movie, and I disagree. That limited comic book series from DC and Mark Millar asked the question: What would happen if Superman had landed in the Soviet Union? It was an interest- ing retelling of the familiar tale but with a markedly different spin. That story dealt with a young Superman being molded and controlled by a communist regime and not a young teen going off the rails. The young actor ( Jackson A. Dunn) who portrays Brandon has an unnerving quality about him much the way Damien did in the original "Omen" movies. He has a calming affront, hiding his lethal intent. His appetite for malicious- ness only grows as does his power and strength as the film progresses. Dunn is a talented young performer and raises the fear easily. If the jump scares don't get you then his relaxed expressions during intense sequenc- es will. Banks, who plays his mom, con- tinues to baffle me as perhaps the actress in Hollywood who continues to make and pick the most vary- ing choices in films. She seemingly shows up in the places you'd least expect, and she is probably one of the most diverse actresses in terms of roles. She was in "The Hunger Games," "The Power Rangers" and "Love & Mercy" just as three exam- ples and she was excellent in all those as she is here. Less of a factor is David Denman as Brandon's dad. He really could've been expunged from the film and been a story of a single mom raising this boy. This is a definite counter choice to the heroics of the Avengers and examines how even the seemingly nicest kid can get derailed and go down the wrong path. It's not an exceptional film by any means – it probably could have gone straight to Netflix – but it's solid enough as a psychological anti-hero horror/ thriller. The film is rated R. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE JACKSON A. DUNN plays the lead role of Brandon, an alien child who falls to earth and is adopted by a childless couple in "Brightburn." Wright's Dairy opens new on-site scoop shop NORTH SMITHFIELD – Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery has announced the opening of The Wright Scoop, a new on-site scoop shop that opened June 1. The shop is housed in a vintage trailer on the property at 200 Woonsocket Hill Road and features classic flavors, toppings and seasonal sundaes. Cathryn Kennedy, a fifth gen- eration Wright's family member, will oversee the scoop shop. All ice cream is made on the property from Wright's Dairy cows. The Wright Scoop will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. Bingo music night will benefit Elvira's Gift for Hope Foundation JOHNSTON – A Music Bingo Night will be held Wednesday, June 12, at Escada Restaurant & Bar, 39 Putnam Pike, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to benefit Elvira's Gift for Hope Foundation. The event will feature several rounds of musical bingo, appetizers, raffles and door prizes. This event costs $10 to play. This event is the kick-off to the annu- al fundraising event to be held Friday, Sept. 6, at the Coachmen's Lodge in Bellingham, Mass. Funds raised that night will help the foundation's mis- sion of aiding people affected by breast cancer. For more information, call Elvira Protano at 401-787-5638 or email elvi- rasgiftforhope.15@gmail.com . Visit www.elvirasgiftforhope.org . ACROSS 1. Ancient Rome had one 7. Engagement rings tend to have them 13. Not the leader 14. Decorated 16. Morning 17. The Garden State 19. __, myself and I 20. Gets up 22. Type of meal 23. Cavalry sword 25. Proclaims 26. Historic places 28. They go into space 29. Hostelry 30. Peter's last name 31. Necessary for syrup 33. Kids' channel 34. Take upon oneself 36. A bog 38. Small cavities in a gland 40. Grand Theft Auto vehicle 41. More vigorous 43. Supply to excess 44. Pie _ __ mode 45. Dash 47. You sometimes pardon it 48. Catch doing some- thing wrong 51. A constellation's second star 53. Famed French painter of dancers 55. Engines do it 56. Chemically inactive 58. Moved quickly on foot 59. Threaten per- sistently 60. Commercial 61. Listen without the speaker's knowl- edge 64. Rhodium 65. Caregivers to kids 67. Highly ornamented 69. Real, fixed prop- erty 70. Brains DOWN 1. Resembling apes 2. Famed TV host Sullivan 3. Rare Hawaiian geese 4. Convicted traitor 5. Make into leather 6. Urge to do some- thing 7. Small town in Spain 8. They promote products 9. Small Eurasian deer 10. Ancient people 11. The Volunteer State 12. Academic term 13. Natives of Alberta, Canada 15. Cause to become insane 18. Feed 21. Crime organization 24. Acrobatic feats 26. Car mechanics group 27. Mustachioed actor Elliott 30. Inquired 32. S. Korean industri- al city 35. Member of the cuckoo family 37. Test for high schoolers 38. Some nights are these 39. Helps you stay organized 42. Cool! 43. Genus containing pigs 46. An opinion at odds 47. Types of bears 49. Smartphones give them 50. Nobel physicist Hans 52. Where rock stars work 54. Your car needs it 55. Dutch name for Ypres 57. Go after 59. Cold wind 62. Examines animals 63. Popular island alcohol 66. Northeast 68. Indicates position Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 8.

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