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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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26 ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Sarandon delivers a solid performance in 'Blackbird' HHH As I have grown older and my cynical self is allowed to fester longer, my lifelong tendency of being unfiltered looms larger every year. After a bit of a health scare last year, I might be even more attuned to how quickly life can be snatched away from you. I've cer- tainly changed my perspective on some things, but my core sarcastic beliefs remain solid. There are just some things you've got to accept and no matter what happens, every- one around you is going to keep moving on. This subject matter couldn't be better translated than in "Blackbird," the film I'm reviewing this week. "Blackbird" chronicles a very unique family get-together around the matriarch who has a terminal ill- ness. Susan Sarandon, who has been in too many excellent roles to list, plays mother Lily to the assembled group. Sam Neill, another estab- lished, recognizable, and venerable actor plays her husband, Paul. They welcome home their daughters as well as their significant others for one last weekend. At the center of this story is Lily's desire to end her life on her terms rather than end up more debilitated and on a feed- ing tube. Paul agrees to assist her. They've worked out all the details and the rest of the family isn't nec- essarily on board with all of this. Kate Winslet plays one daughter, Jennifer, and she is definitely not keen on this plan. Her son, Jonathan (Anson Boon), is asking questions but doesn't seem too bothered by it and Rainn Wilson plays Jen's hus- band, Michael, who, for the most part is usually oblivious, spouting weird obscure knowledge and gen- erally deferring to his wife. Mia Wasikowska plays younger sister, Anna, who is adrift and uneven herself and dating a much younger woman. They entertain Lily's whims for the weekend, like spontaneously deciding to celebrate Christmas and then convincing everyone to share a joint after dinner. Lily knows she is upon death's door and is enjoy- ing ruffling everyone's feathers in the process. Sarandon is superb in this role and while at times she might seem too carefree, I think she handles the material with aplomb and turns in a great performance. Neill is slightly more muted as hus- band, Paul, and he doesn't turn in a bad performance per se, but this is more a family drama. The dynamics between mother and her daughters is tenacious at times. This film reminded me a lot of 1982's "The World According to Garp" or even 1983's "Terms of Endearment," two equally wrench- ing dramas of different tones but that hit on the same tender nerves. At the core of those films were many strong women. I think, though, that "Blackbird" offers something uniquely different for sure and will definitely strike a chord with some viewers since the subject matter can even be con- sidered taboo. But for anyone that has ever had a sick relative whose mind was still sharp but has a failing body, there are aspects and under- tones here in this film that make sense. It's a solid ensemble cast film that delivers a profound and pondering tale about how we treat the living when faced with death. Available now on Amazon Prime. The film is rated R. SUSAN SARANDON and SAM NEILL star in the family drama "Blackbird" now playing on Amazon Prime. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE ACROSS 1. Big tech firm 4. Picked 10. Type of whale 11. A woman of refinement 12. New England state 14. Common gibbon 15. Tall coniferous tree 16. State capital 18. Making a liquid muddy 22. Vinegary 23. Peninsula 24. Thee 26. Atomic #55 27. Used in units of measurement 28. Welsh female name 30. Arab ruler title 31. One's mother 34. Trap 36. Soviet Social- ist Republic 37. Assn. of oil-producing countries 39. Holy fire 40. Emit coherent radiation 41. Atomic #81 42. Orthodox Jew- ish college 48. Herbs 50. Ran after 51. Begin again 52. Named 53. Barbary sheep 54. Unwell 55. Postscript 56. Drivers 58. One point east (clockwise) of due north 59. Prim 60. A facility equipped for sports or physi- cal training DOWN 1. Small islands 2. Skullcap 3. Unexplained events 4. One hundredth of a meter 5. Beloved base- ball announcer 6. Repulsive 7. Northern Euro- pean languages 8. Match or sur- pass 9. Northeast 12. Chew the fat 13. Innovative industry 17. Land to put down to grass 19. Products 20. Nostril 21. Surprise Ice- landic politician 25. Conclusive acts 29. Inform on 31. Grinding tooth 32. Keep up 33. Tablelands 35. Raising 38. Mythical crea- ture 41. Hums 43. Mountain in Antarctica 44. Neighborhood in Manhattan 45. Distinctive practice 46. Vice president 47. Contributes to 49. Small bones 56. Oil company 57. 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