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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-12-2018

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4 ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION No new revelations in 'Chappaquiddick' HH There are a few new flicks that came out last week, and if you're stuck in the lobby deciding on what to see, I may just refer you back to one of the movies I rec- ommended in the last few weeks. There aren't any wildly spectacular new movies. There's "A Quiet Place" which is a mildly innovative horror film, "Isle of Dogs" an art house sort of film that is only going to appeal to a limited audience, "Blockers" which is a comedy about parents attempting to stop the escapades of their daugh- ters on prom night, and "Chappaquiddick" which is what I ended up seeing. If you can detect the lackadaisi- cal attitude in that preceding sentence, then you'll under- stand how flat and dull the choices were. "Chappaquiddick" – unless you skipped history class and have no knowledge of the Kennedy family during the late '60s – details what led up to and the aftermath of youngest brother Ted Kennedy's car accident on the island of Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 1969. Kennedy is portrayed by Jason Clarke, who you've probably seen in a half dozen films, and he's a really good actor. He is excellent here, but like every other actor before him, struggles with that notorious Boston accent. No worries though, that's not the most distracting part of the film. Kate Mara ("House of Cards," "Megan Leavey") portrays Mary Jo Kopechne, the political strategist and up-and-comer who is the sole passenger in Ted's car that fateful night. There's something about Mara that leaves me unfazed. The same way that Dwayne Johnson is the same character in all his movies, Mara is similar. Her portrayals seem far too often like the last role she played. Bruce Dern is along for the ride as patriarch Joe Kennedy. Dern is always worthwhile and brings some texture if not gruff to the films he is in, and here he plays a recognizable and ser- viceable Joe Kennedy. But it just isn't enough to make this film compelling or interest- ing. There's nothing revela- tory going on here, there's no new insight or skeletons unburied to alter the narra- tive. This is a pretty straight- forward rehashing of an event this has been covered to death, especially 50 years ago. If you have the History Channel on your cable pack- age, you have no doubt seen at least two versions of this story already. If anything, this film simply reinforces how powerful peo- ple like the Kennedys were. If an average citizen did the same thing Ted did, they would've been locked up. This exemplifies how power, prestige and connections can make all the difference. Kennedy would go on to be one of the longest-serving United States senators repre- senting Massachusetts. Even still, the event hung over Ted for years and I can still recall my own grandmother mock- ing him. This is the seventh film directed by John Curran, and quite possibly his most commercially visible or rec- ognized since his previous six films all appear to be equally flat, dull and sleepy as this was. It's going to be a tough few weeks at the multiplex; pick wisely. Rated PG13. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE JASON CLARKE takes on the role of Ted Kennedy in "Chappaquiddick," which details what led up to and the aftermath of Kennedy's car accident on the island of Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 1969. Join park rangers at WEST HILL DAM, 518 East Hartford Ave., Uxbridge, Mass., on Saturdays, April 14 and 21, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., to explore up close and personal a typical Massachusetts vernal pool. Dress for the weather; the program will be held rain or shine. Youth under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will hike approximately one mile to several vernal pools, where various species such as wood frogs can be observed in various life stages such as egg, lar- vae or adult. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight. Nets are not permitted. For more information, contact Ranger Viola Bramel at 978-318-8417. Explore a vernal pool at West Hill Dam

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