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‘Don’t Breathe’ is another instant horror classic

2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films. Now comes Fede Alvarez’s “Don’t Breathe, ” another instant-classic horror movie, joining “Green Room,” “Lights Out” and “The Conjuring 2.” “Don’t Breathe” revolves around an ingenious concept — a team of teen burglars rob the house of a blind man who isn’t so helpless — and it taps into contemporary cultural undercurrents. The teen burglars live in the wasteland of a downtrodden Detroit; home invasion burglary seems like the only way out for these lower-middle-class white kids.

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‘Southside With You’: When Barack met Michelle

“Southside With You” is familiar and yet new. In its form — two people go on a long first date and talk and talk – the movie is reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise.” But here we also get the mythologizing of a sitting president: a detailed, semifictional account of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. The film was written and directed by Richard Tanne, who researched the Obamas’ first date with no help from the first family. Tanne pieced together as many details as he could from the historical record, and he made up the rest. For the record, Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson really did go to the Art Institute of Chicago, and to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” They really did get ice cream, and the movie shows them having their first kiss at the time and place it actually happened. But the community meeting depicted in the film may have occurred on a different day.

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De Niro shines in ‘Hands of Stone’, but script pulls its punches

With “Hands of Stone,” Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-“Rocky” phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Durán, played by Edgar Ramírez, the “Raging Bull” Oscar winner (and let’s not forget “Grudge Match”) takes the role of legendary trainer Ray Arcel. He’s the man behind the man. And good or bad, there’s always a man behind the man in boxing.

Music News & Reviews

Lydia Loveless gets ‘Real’

Walter Tunis reviews Lydia Loveless’ “Real,” writing it, “isn’t merely a title for her newest genre-bending record. It’s essentially a state of mind that is alternately fleeting, indefinable and, ultimately, a little dangerous.”

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LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing

Mirror Twin Brewing will open on National Avenue in September; LexGo Eat got a preview. Also, we set up the Chevy Chase Street Fair, Bluegrass Eggfest, Jewish Food Festival, Lexington Fest of Ales and the Moontower Music Festival.
jpatton1@herald-leader.com
LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing 10:40

LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing

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LexGo Eat visits Rumi's Cafe

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