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Articles by Diana beechener

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      Do you know how to hide crematorium ashes when training a cadaver dog? Do you know how to bake a Smith Island cake? Do you know where to go for the best nativity play in Calvert County?
      I do, and it’s all thanks to Bay Weekly. 
      I was just supposed to write the calendar. 
More like a dud
      Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), host of Fox News’ popular Fox & Friends morning show hates how her two male cohosts belittle her and dismiss her opinions. When she complains, she’s replaced and moved to her own show at the relatively dead time slot of 4pm.
A family is torn apart and glued back together by grief
      Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a popular high-school wrestling star with a beautiful girlfriend. But his domineering father Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) is his constant critic. 
      Then everything goes wrong. An injury ends Tyler’s wrestling career. His girlfriend is pregnant and keeping the baby. His stress compounds because he dare not tell his father how he’s struggling.
A couple on the run — from the cops and America
      Sparks don’t fly on the first date for Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya). On the way home, the couple still can’t seem to agree. 
Can a dysfunctional family find a murderer before they kill each other? 
      Renowned mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) gathers his family to celebrating his birthday. There’s cake, drinking and an argument. The next morning, Harlan is dead, lying in a pool of blood with his throat slashed. 
      The family insists it was suicide. 
Thawing and slushy
     Disney released Frozen in 2013 to praise as a smart princess movie. The film played with and subverted stereotypes and offered up some snappy songs while preserving the family values that Walt wanted all his pictures to embody. The movie hauled in so much money that Disney changed its theme parks to keep up with demand. If all this makes you hope for a fresh and inventive sequel, you should probably let it go. 
Two friends battle corporate idiocy and racing royalty to make history
     In the mid-1960s, Ford Motors was in a slump. Bad enough that sales are falling and the Ford legacy is in question. Worse still is fellow car magnate Enzo Ferrari’s insult. Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) responds by hitting Ferrari where it hurts: his legacy. Ford Motors will challenge him in Le Mans, the grueling 24-hour car race that Ferrari has dominated for the better part of a decade.
Roland Emmerich makes a spectacle of a great American battle
      On December 7, 1941, America’s neutral position in World War II ended with a bang. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, devastating America’s navy and shaking the nation’s confidence. 

The edge of the world and the edge of madness collide in this gorgeous film

      In the 1890s, two wickies are ferried across the chop to a lone lighthouse on a cliff. The roof leaks. The water from the cistern runs brown. The winds rattle the house, and waves crash on the ground, slicking all paths. 
In the wonderful world of Pedro Almodóvar, the two go hand in hand
     Pain is fuel for Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas). Poverty, physical ailments, drugs, disastrous love affairs: All fueled Mallo’s rise as a great director. Until the pains of advancing age threaten his artistic abilities.