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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME 9 'Doctor Sleep' a worthy follow-up to 'The Shining' HHHH "The Shining" is by far one of the most well-known and remembered horror films and easily one of Jack Nicholson's most memorable roles as Jack Torrance who is tasked with being the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel before ultimately suc- cumbing to cabin fever and then trying to murder his wife and son. It's a personal favorite of mine and one of many of Stanley Kubrick's best films. I never figured Stephen King would write a novel that took place after it nor did I think that would even- tually be translated into a feature film. "Doctor Sleep" has hit the big screen and while it could never fill the shoes of its progenitor, it is definitely cut from the same cloth and hits many familiar tones while also going down a new avenue and introduc- ing some additional charac- ters. The film starts off not too long after what trans- pired in that snow driven hotel. Young Danny and his mother are trying to move on and find themselves in Florida. The roles origi- nated by Shelly Duvall and Danny Lloyd are filled by new actors as is the one played by Scatman Crothers' Hallorann. Danny is strug- gling to get past what had happened to them, and seemingly gets through it. The film then jumps for- ward decades and Danny is now Dan and he doesn't seem to be doing well at all. He is played by Ewan McGregor and he's a mess, drinking heavily, getting into bar fights and ultimately stealing money from the woman he wakes up next to. Ultimately after a visita- tion from Hallorann, he decides to get his life back in order and ends up in New Hampshire. He finds solace in an Alcoholics Anonymous program and makes a friend. But lurking is a band of nefarious immortals led by Rebecca Ferguson's Rose. These beings feed off of the fear and screams of oth- ers, especially those gifted with the "shine" – the same power Dan has. These creatures set their sights on Abra, a young girl also in New Hampshire who appears to be infinitely pow- erful. She forms a bond with Dan who has now spent the last eight years as an orderly in a nursing home where he has been given the moniker that is the film's title. McGregor is excel- lent as the mature Danny. Newcomer Kyliegh Curran as Abra stands her own among this cast, but it's the third act itself that stands out. Not afraid to not only harken back to but also to physically return to the Overlook; Dan must face down his internal demons one final time while Abra sees the terrors that he endured and coped with his whole life. Room 237 and its gruesome guest factors heavily into the plot and the callbacks to the original are vivid. I never read King's sequel, so I cannot corroborate whether the film adheres to the book. King has vocif- erously expressed his dis- pleasure over the decades at Kubrick's film versus his novel. I will say though that this follow up has its definite slow points, to the point that I would've trimmed at least 10 minutes from it to move the pacing along, but it comes together exception- ally well in the last 40 min- utes. Director Mike Flanagan should be recognized for helming such a challenging undertaking and pulling off a respectable sequel. The film is rated R. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE EWAN MACGREGOR plays the role of the older Danny in "Doctor Sleep," a sequel to "The Shining." He is joined by newcomer KYLIEGH CURRAN as Abra. The story takes place 40 years after the events of the original. Harmony Heritage chorus will perform Saturday PAWTUCKET – Harmony Heritage wom- en's chorus, a Southern New England chapter of Harmony Incorporated, an international organiza- tion of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will perform "Harvest of Harmony," an a cappella harmony celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place. Featured guests at the event will be New Q, 2019 Area 2 Quartet Champions, and the Mansion Vocal Band men's quartet, as well as chapter quartets Affinity and Foursythia. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will take place at the end of the evening. The performance is open to the public and tickets are available at the door or by calling 401-258-3386. Visit www.harmonyheritage.org . IN BRIEF

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