Bracken at the Movies: Uncle Drew

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By Patrick Bracken Citizen Chronicle Film Critic My one experience with basketball was in middle school. I joined an intramural team with stars in my eyes and a song in my heart.  That first season I scored five points.  Not per game, for the entire season.  The one game my […]

Bracken at the Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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By Patrick Bracken Citizen Chronicle Film Critic In the extended Marvel universe, Ant-Man feels a bit like an outlier.  While the Avengers films and various offshoots have moments of levity, they are dominated by dark themes and potentially existence-ending events.  The first Ant-Man film was almost entirely light comedy.  The […]

Bracken at the Movies: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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By Patrick Bracken Citizen Chronicle Film Critic Let’s get one thing straight right away:  The Jurassic Park movies are dumb. Audiences haven’t spent the past 25 years flocking to these films to see tightly constructed plots, richly drawn characters or snappy, thought-provoking dialogue.  No, we want big, terrifying dinosaurs — […]

A great show in a land not so far, far away

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‘Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ is spectacularly funny By Katie Alicea-Tilton Citizen Chronicle Theatre Critic SOUTHBRIDGE — Growing up we’ve all heard the traditional fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel.  Now take your childhood memories of these stories and flip them upside-down with humor like you’ve never seen. The Gateway […]