Category Archives: Culture

Small-town terror: ‘Castle Rock’ has potential to thrill

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Anyone who grew up in a small town knows they have their secrets. You hear whispers of tragedy, scandal, and sin, furtively spoken of in hushed…

A cruel joke: ‘Who is America?” asks a question we may not want answered

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career of putting one over on people. On “Da Ali G Show” (2000-2004), the British comedian and master of disguise…

HBO faces the future

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent HBO was always something different. The premium cable channel has told us as much over its 45-year history with its haughty tag line, which boasted, “it’s…

Power Man: ‘Luke Cage’ delivers a strong sophomore season

By Jim Sabataso Sweet Christmas! Now, that’s how you make a season of television. When “Luke Cage” premiered on Netflix in 2016, it was a distinctly different thing. It was…

‘The magnificence of humankind’: Bronze sculptures of Ed Smith

By VICTORIA CRAIN Arts Correspondent Just now, and until Aug. 5, there is an opportunity to see and consider some very fine art. Specifically, the small gallery at The Carving…

Uncivil discourse: Michelle Wolf comes out swinging with ‘The Break’

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Michelle Wolf is having a good summer. The comedian and former writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” has quickly emerged as…

Her story: Hannah Gadsby wants us to feel the tension

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Amid the glut of standup specials out there these days, it takes a lot for one to stand out from the pack. Hannah Gadsby may not…

Family drama: ‘Arrested Development’ nearly returns to form in season 5

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent It’s impossible to talk about “Arrested Development” without talking about Jeffrey Tambor. Under normal circumstances, that would be a good thing. As the corrupt, womanizing jailbird…

A short season of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is not short on laughs

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sometimes less is more. That’s the case for the new season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The Netflix series, which premiered the first six episodes of its…

Farewell, comrade: ‘The Americans’ ends its mission on a solemn note

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent When “The Americans” premiered in 2013, it was a thrilling drama that recalled a bygone time when Soviet spies still meddled in domestic affairs and plotted…