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Staff Review Jul 26, 2017

Logan is first and foremost another chapter in the X-Men comic book series of popcorn movies, but it is also one of the best Western films I've seen made in recent years. Unlike any of its predecessors, it has a quiet elegance about it. While there is still plenty of gripping action, it is filmed with great care and the cinematography is gorgeous. Much like a traditional Western, the film is also pretty gory (it contains the most violent sequences of any X-Men film to date).

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A picture of a woman on the beach staring into the sea

Almost Missed You

By Jessica Strawser
Rated by Colleen O.
Jul 25, 2017

When we meet Violet, she is on vacation, relaxing on the same beach where she first met her husband, Finn, and thinking about how lucky she is and how despite some obstacles she and Finn have ended up together. Everyone said it was fate that brought them together. So Violet is blindsided when she returns to their hotel room to discover that Finn has disappeared and taken their young son, Bear, with him.

Latest Read Local

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. (Starting in September we'll meet the 1st and 3rd Monday) We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for August 3rd is Teamwork - 161.

Latest Listen Local

Mad Libby
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Formed in 2010, Kansas City's Mad Libby is "fueled by the fire to push the boundaries of hard rock music." Their latest EP, Locks Unlocked, is anchored in the classic rock sounds of Joan Jett, Heart and Van Halen, while staying true to their own vision of music's ability to make you think and move. We are very lucky to share an interview with the band on Listen Local.

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