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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JUNE 13-19, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 7 flexing their independence – it's all part of preparing for emancipation (which you should be preparing for as well). In the process of establishing emotional distance from parents and family, a certain amount of "secretive- ness" is to be expected, no matter the nature of the child's peer group. In and of itself, that's neither a bad nor a good thing; it's just the way it is. Boys are naturally inclined toward risk-taking. If they aren't provided sufficient opportunities to take risks in relatively safe contexts – wilderness camping experiences, for example – they are more likely to gravitate toward peers and activities that are inappropriate or truly dangerous. I witnessed that as a teen and saw the potential for it in my son when he entered adolescence. The young teen boy (and not boys only, by the way) is in danger of making supremely impulsive deci- sions; his parents, on the other hand, are in danger of reacting such that he becomes more secretive and per- haps even rebellious. Your husband understands that, I'm sure, which is why he doesn't want to make matters worse by "clamping down" without a good, concrete reason. In that regard, I need to point out that something as subjective as "We have a bad feeling about those kids" just doesn't qualify. I strongly encourage you to trust your husband's judgment. Partly because they don't have an intimate understanding of boy-ness, moms generally tend toward over-protec- tion, even overreaction in situations of this sort. Unless there's more here than is reflected in your question, I feel confident in saying that your hus- band will intuitively know the when and how of intervention if interven- tion becomes warranted. In the meantime, this is an ideal time of year to enroll your son in some activities – like the wilderness camping experience I mentioned above – that would satisfy his need for risk while providing adequate supervision and guidance. Dad can jump in there by planning father-son getaways that involve hiking, camp- ing, fishing, hunting, horseback rid- ing, dirt-biking, and such. Where your son's choice of friends is concerned, he's bound to expand his social sphere when he enters high school in the fall. His pres- ent choice of running buddies may turn out to be nothing more than a fling. For now, just keep your eyes open and be ready to step in and estab- lish controls should it begin to look like he's about to lose all semblance of common sense. Remember that energy you expend worrying will be energy you won't have when you most need it. Family psychologist John Rosemond:, ROSEMOND From Page 3 'Dark Phoenix' bland and unoriginal H 1/2 Disney, who bought 20th Century Fox, has released "Dark Phoenix." This is officially the last film that will be produced or made by Fox and moving forward, the X-Men, Deadpool and other mutants will be reintegrated back into the official Marvel Cinematic Universe (along with the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom) under Disney's omnipotent eye. The X-Men franchise has been slowly disintegrating ever since 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse." That film could have, and perhaps should have, been the end of their run. However, filmgoers and comic book fans are going to have to endure one more outing with the children of the atom. This film centers around Jean Grey who was already a very powerful telekinetic and telepath and one of the original five X-Men in the com- ics. Picking up where she left off from the last film playing Jean is Sophie Turner. When the team is dispatched to save an errant space shuttle in 1992, they encounter what they think is some sort of solar flare. Jean saves the day and the other team members, but absorbs and becomes a host to this cosmic entity that envelops her being. Over the course of the film, Jean begins to exhibit amazing and increasingly dangerous new powers. Meanwhile, Raven, the blue skinned shape shifter played by Jennifer Lawrence, is questioning her old friend and mentor, Charles Xavier ( James McAvoy), to all of the other young children at this school for gifted youngsters. Raven is considering leaving the nest and wants to take Nicholas Hoult's "Beast" with her. But when Jean goes astray, they all flock after her, but also find out that Charles is perhaps just as maniacal, if not more manipulative and twisted than Magneto (Michael Fassbender). By the midway point through this effects and CG-heavy flick you start to realize how familiar all of this feels, because it really isn't treading much new ground compared to the last time this story was told in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." That film, while still middling at best, is on par or equal to this one. As someone who grew up reading the X-Men and did so for 20 years, I am baffled as to why this story needed a second telling when there's literally dozens of other amazing runs these film makers could have utilized. Simon Kinberg who had previously written or produced past 'X' films has slid into the director's chair to helm his own story as adapted by the source material. Suffice it to say, Mr. Kinberg should have stayed far behind the scenes because this film is an unemotional, bland, regurgitated waste of two hours. McAvoy is still good and may be the best in the cast for still showing an interest in their character. Turner broods about looking sullen just as she did as Sansa on HBO's "Game of Thrones." I look forward to this franchise taking some time off until such time that Kevin Feige deems it worthy to return to the big screen. The film is rated PG-13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE SOPHIE TURNER returns to her role as Jean Grey/Phoenix in the new X-Men film "Dark Phoenix."

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