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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 9B New DVDs reviewed in this colmnn be released Aug. 5, 2013 THEATE PICKS OF THE WEEK "Oblivion" (PG-13) - Tom Cruise stars as a futuristic rePairman on an abandoned Earth. After alien attackers messed up the environ- ment, most "of humanity evacuated the planet. Cruise zips around Earth in a little starship, fixing robots and keeping leftover aliens from attacking important equipment. He's plagued by mysterious dreams about Earth before the attac, but the attack was before he was born, so its probably nothing... This movie suffers from too much inspira- tion and not enough originality. There are plenty of parts that will remind you of great science-fiction films, but nothing about "Oblivion" compares with the classics. The visual effects are sophisticated, but just like the plot, many of the visual flourishes draw comparisons to better movies. "The Place Beyond the Pines" (R) - This that Jenny McCarthy will take over Joy's intriguing and serious flick has two A-list ac- empty chair when the show begins its tors at the top of their games. The story comes in three parts. The first follows, Luke (Ryan 17th season on Sept. 9. Of Jenny's hiring, Barbara said: "Jenny brings us intelli- Gosling), a motorcycle stunt-driver with the gence as well as warmth and humor. She traveling circus, who finds out that he has an by ci ndy elavskycan be serious and outrageous. She has infant son with a small-town girl. Luke takes up bank robbery to support his child. The t:. I was a little hesitant aboutwatch connectedwithouraudience andoffersa movie then becomes about Avery (Bradley mg season six of "True Blood" be- fresh point of view. Ienny will be a great Cooper), a calculating young cop whose life cause, in my opinion, it really jumped the addition to the show." Sherri Shepherd hitsatumingpointwhenheencountersLuke, shark last season. But I can say now that I and Whoopi Goldberg also are expected Finally, the movie skips ahead 15 years and am happy I stuck with it, because this to return. focuses on two teenagers in that same small season has been really good so far. Will town. . there be a seventh season? - Anna-Marie P., via e-mail "Mud" (PG-13) - Two teen boys find a dirty stranger living on wooded island in the Mis- sissippi river. The stranger (Matthew McConaughey) calI[ himself"Mud," and he's got some crazy stories to tell --he's killed a man, he did it to protect his beautiful girl- friend, Juniper, and he's only living in a washed-up river boat because he's hiding from bounty hunters. Well gosh-darn if it don't all come true. Juniper (Reese W!~erspoon), the bounty hunters and the law all have an eye out for Mud. This movie has been making a mess all over the film festivals, it's sophisticated, under- standable, literary, thrilling and sensitive all at once. McConaughey really delivers as the title character, though the film is reaUya com- ing- of-age story about the boys who find him. This movie succeeds because it gives audi- ences that sense of adventure people get from reading Huckleberry Finn. Matthew McConaughey in "Mud" "The Sapphires" if'G- 13) - This comedytells an inspired-by-a-true story about four Aus- tralian Aboriginal girls who are "discovered" as a Motown group by a drifting Irishman in the 1960s. It's not serious, or intense, and there are plenty of plot holes, but it all just contribute to the fun. The four girls are inno- cent fishes out of water, as nobody expects soul music to come out of girls from some far- flungpatch of Australia. Their manager (Chris O'Dowd from "Bridesmaids" and "The IT Crowd") has the comedic skills to keep things breezy, and it's all supported by lively and uplifting music. 1. Which group released "Going Underground," and what's the song about? 2. Who released "Hot Pants" in 1971? 3. "Kisses of Fire" was the B-side single for a 1979 ABBA hit. What was on the A-side? Ap: HBO just announced that the vam ire/werewolf/shapeshifter/fairy/ witch drama will be back for a seventh season, which will premiere summer 2014. I recently spoke with a member of the Shreveport wolf pack, Iamie Gray Hyder, who playsAlcide's other girlfriend,. Danielle, and she too is excited about what the rest of the season has to offer. "There are some pretty big things that are going to go on that I don't even know that much about," Iamie told me. "If it's a scene I'm not in, I don't know what hap- pens; I'm watching along with everyone else. But tensions are going to be height- ened, and the stakes are going to continue to be raised, We've got the vampires ver- sus the government, and now we have this 'Billith' creature, and the potential for things to completely implode is very real. "With the vampires being attacked, we don'tknowwho's goingto be next.., who's going to be the next target. We're scram- bling just to keep our pack as tight as possible, and look out for our people. I . think all of the supes are sort of banding_ together. It's very important for all of our survival." There are a handful of episodes left of season six Of "True Blood," which airs Sunday nights at 9 ET/PT. And I'm sure we'll all be surprised by who survives to see a seventh seasofi -- and who does not. Qwh:WithJyBeharleaving"TheView'" o will they get to replace her? - Tina-F., Phoenix, Ariz. A: Barbara Wakers, who is the only original panelist left on the Show and who plans to retire in 2014, announced 4. Who recorded "Gimme Shelter," and when? 1. Despicable Me 2 (PG) animated 5. Name the song that contains this lyric? "Salty Sam was tryin' to stuff Sweet Sue in a burlap sack, He said, flf you 2. Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) Adam Sandier, don't give me the deed to your ranch, I'm gonna throw you Kevin James on the railroad tracks!" 3. Pacific Rim (PG-13) Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba Answers 4. The Heat (R) Sandra Bullock, Melissa 1. The Jam, in 1980. The lyrics comment on the British McCarthy arms policy and the spending of public dollars on weapons 5. The Lone Ranger (PG-13) Johnny Depp, instead of social programs. Armie Hammer 2. James Brown. The songs full title was "Hot Pants (She 6. Monsters University (G) animated Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)." It was a three-part single. 7. World War Z (PG-13) Brad Pitt, Mireille 3. "Does Your Mother Know," an older man's responses to Enos the flirting of a younger girl. 8. White House Down (PG-13) Channing 4. The Rolling Stones, in1969.Theopeningtrackontheir Tatum, Jamie Foxx "Let It Bleed" album, it was never released as a single. 9. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) Kevin 5. "Along Came Jones," by The Coasters in 1959. The joke Hart, Harry Ratchford song is about damsels in distress on television shows, all rescued by "Jones." Salty Sam was the villain in each case. 10, Man of Steel (PG-13) Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Jamie Gray Hyder myQavo: Can you tell me what Mira Sorvirm has been up to lately? She is one of rite actresses. - Heidi R., via e- mail A hThe USANetworkjust revealed that: e Oscar winner has signed on toa multi-episode arc of "Psych," beginning with the seventh episode of the'eighth season (which is rumored to be?the show's final season). She will play the Santa Barbara PD's newest head detec- tive, Betsy Brannigan, who is being de- scribed by USA as "incredibly sweet, adorably reserved and yet certified badass." Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com. "Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story" By Carol Shaben Reviewed by Larry Cox Carol Shaben, anaward-winning Recommended Canadian journalist, was working in Reading the Middle East when she learned that her father had been in a plane Constable Scott Deschamps and crash. Six passengers aboard the 10- Paul Archbault, his prisoner who seat Navajo Chieftain were killed in was shackled and in custody. the crash, including Grant Nofley, Against regulations, Deschamps leader of the New Democratic Party removed the handcuffs from his in Alberta, Canada. The four survi- prisonershortlybeforetheill-fated vors huddled in deep snow and sub- flight departed. Vogel was inexpe- zero temperatures before finally be- rienced, behind schedule andwas ingrescued. Shaben's fatherwas one concerned about the snow blow- of the survivors, ing across the tarmac. His job was Later, after watching her father ontheline, anddespitenothaving struggle to process the horrific event, a co-pilot, he agreed to do the "she decided the only way to fully un- flight. About an hour after takeoff, derstand what had happened was to the plane went down it/the icy write about it. The resultis abook that darkness. is guaranteed to keep readers on the Through personal interviews edge of their seats, with the survivors and her rete.LUng ' It began on an icy night in October and exploration of the events of 1984.Asmallplanecarryingninepas- that night, Shaben offers a rare in- s engersdepartedtheHighPmineair- sight into the minds and hearts of port in Alberta. Despite the dicey thefourmenwhosurvivedagainst weather, the 24-year-old rookie pilot, insurmountable odds. For Shaben, Erik Vogel, was under pressure to thebookwasnecessarysothatsh, complete the flight. Aboard was could make sense ofthe ordealthe Carol's father, Larry Shaben, survivors faced and ultimately Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Min- make peace with her father. ister. The passengers also included