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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 7 Do you know someone celebrating a September Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for SEPTEMBER will be printed on August 29, 2019. Forms should be re- ceived by The Valley Breeze by Friday, August 23, 2019. Send in the name of someone with his or her September birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! Greetings should be 10 words or less. Name: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Date of Birth: ............................................................................................................................................ Age: .............................................................................. From: ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Contact Phone Number (for questions, not publication) ................................................................................................................................................. Edition (please check): Cumberland/Lincoln edition ($2) Pawtucket edition ($2) Observer edition ($2) North Smithfield/Blackstone/Woonsocket edition ($2) North Providence edition ($2) and dad) and it was a little late due to all the rain we had late spring. Just this week they are seeing some ready-to-pick summer squash. From a seed in the dirt to the green leafy foliage, to the beautiful yellow blossom to an edible food ready to eat is an exciting process to watch. I have fully enjoyed witnessing their project and family involvement. Yesterday, the boys came running out from the garden with the first two cucumbers, and gave one to me. The joy on their faces was priceless. There is nothing more delicious than fresh locally grown summer produce, but it's even more grand when you grow it with your own two hands. What I liked about this week's recipe is the use of basil (of which we have plenty) with the tomatoes and zucchini. It could be a nice lunch served with a garden salad, or serve it as an appetizer. I had to cook it for the full 50 min- utes, and I decided it definitely need- ed some fresh cracked black pepper too. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our readers? Email rhonda@ valleybreeze.com. PRODUCE From Page 4 'Hobbs & Shaw' entertains with blood-pumping action HHH The "Fast and Furious" films have been a colossal success worldwide and brought in a ton of money. I'm not sure personally how entertain- ing they truly are since it requires suspension of belief in a tremen- dous way. The earlier films were grounded somewhat in reality but as they have gone on, they've become slightly more unrealistic with cars driving through and into adjacent high-rise buildings among other daredevil and ridiculous acts. Dwayne Johnson who joined the franchise a few films back teams up with Jason Statham here in this new spinoff, "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." This film brings the two together as they are forced to face off against Idris Elba's character, Brixton, who is a sort of genetically enhanced human. Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Statham's Deckard Shaw form an uneasy and unwanted alliance to face down this seemingly unstop- pable super soldier. The two men spend a great amount of time bick- ering, constantly insulting each other and throwing one liner cracks at each other. Inserting the stunning Vanessa Kirby (Hattie) only adds to the overall enjoyment of this film. Listen, this isn't a horrible film but there are some stunt sequences that are so over-the-top, so beyond the realm of possibility that you find yourself sitting in the theater rolling your eyes. One cannot dismiss the charisma and effusive personality of Johnson. He is simply every- where. He is for the lack of other options, the biggest "action hero" in the American cinema. Though, I personally would still take Keanu Reeves' "John Wick." Statham has played a hard-as- nails, ultra-violent assassin in such films as "The Transporter" and "The Mechanic." Honestly, there's not that much acting going on here and the plot is about as predictable as it can get; this film exists to give adrenaline junkies what they want, a big dose of explosions, carnage and gunfights. I will say, though, these guys are in fact pretty funny together and the concept of "family" that has always been bandied about in the previous "Fast and Furious" films is endorsed here in a huge way, especially with the inclusion of Hobbs' extended family who play a key role in the movie. One of the slightly noticeable dif- ferences between the two men, that you may or may not pick up on, is that Statham has a much more per- sonal fighting style. His character prefers a more up close and per- sonal hands-on fighting style while Johnson's Hobbs is more brutish and comical in his methods of tak- ing down a combatant. Director David Leitch is no stranger to high-impact, blood- pumping action films. He was co- director on "John Wick" and then was behind the lens for "Atomic Blonde" and "Deadpool 2," so this is a guy who knows how to maxi- mize the carnage and amp up the stunt choreography. This film also seems a bit of a departure from the films it has been spun off from, which, honestly, have really gone far beyond the origi- nal concept and have strayed into bizarre storylines. This film "Hobbs & Shaw" has its own flavor even if it does seem like a James Bond rip- off. It still entertains and that's the gist of it. The film is rated PG-13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE DWAYNE JOHNSON, left, teams up with JASON STATHAM in the action-packed film "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." ACROSS 1. Crackle & Pop's friend 5. Having wings 10. Small, rounded fruit 12. Cobb and tossed are two 14. Not sensible 16. One of the six noble gases 18. Helps little firms 19. A way to approve 20. Triangular bones 22. Plead 23. Longs 25. Covers with turf 26. Peyton's little brother 27. Partner to cheese 28. Famed patriot Adams 30. Tear 31. One-billionth of a second (abbr.) 33. Dog 35. Electronic com- munication 37. Marked 38. Informed upon (slang) 40. Actor Damon 41. 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