Bravo | September 27, 2018

Unbelievable Introductory Golf Pass! Good For Golf & FootGolf! Buy now and play through March 31, 2020! Annual Pass Family..............$400.00 Couple............$300.00 Single..............$250.00 Student............$100.00 KEARNEY ELKS GOLF CLUB 2635 East 103rd Street • Kearney 308-238-0760 • elkscountrygolf.com elkscountrygolf@hotmail.com 4 BOOKS, MOVIES AND MUSIC KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 Tribune News Service Tribune News Service OLIVIA WILDE and Oscar Isaac in the film, “Life Itself.” Frear thrills in ‘Sweet Little Lies’ By OLINE H. COGDILL Sun Sentinel To say Cat Kinsella has father issues is an understatement, as this outstanding debut explores. British author Caz Frear’s confident first novel succinctly melds the police procedural with the psychological thriller while also delivering a solid look at a fractured family in “Sweet Little Lies.” Until she was 8, Cat was close to her father, Michael McBride, a shady businessman with ties to London’s underworld, and a serial adulterer. But during a family vaca- tion in Ireland, Cat witnessed her father arguing with teenager Mary- anne Doyle, a few days before she disappeared. And then Cat heard her father tell the police he didn’t know Maryanne, even though the teenager was an acquaintance of his oldest daughter, Jacqui. Now 26, Cat is a detective con- stable in London, concentrating on her career over her personal life and having as little to do with her family as possible. To further dis- tance herself from her father, she uses her mother’s last name rather than her given name of McBride. Frear imbues “Sweet Little Lies” with a twisty plot that excels in its in-depth look at Cat’s complicated psyche and how her relationship with her father led to her becoming a cop. Prickly but compas- sionate, Cat is a bundle of contradictions and immensely interesting as she delves into police work. Her relationship with her other squad members is paramount in her life. ‘Life Itself ’ rich in emotion By RAFER GUZMÁN Newsday Where to begin with “Life Itself,” a movie so broadly, sweepingly, cosmically conceived that its very title implodes with lack of meaning? The first thing to know is that it’s written and directed by Dan Fogelman, creator of NBC’s heart-tugging series “This Is Us” and the screenwriter behind 2011’s earnest romantic dramedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” If you thought those projects had an ungainly emotional and narrative sprawl, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Fogelman’s “Life Itself” seems to include almost every single thought and feeling he has ever had. It starts with Samuel L. Jack- son narrating a tale about a young gay football fan and his therapist (Annette Bening), but no — this turns out to be a screenplay in the head of Will Dempsey (Oscar Isaac). After our initial confusion wears off, we realize that Will is actually talking to his therapist (still Annette Bening) about his wife, Abby (Olivia Wilde). She was magical, vibrant, one of a kind — or at least that’s Will’s opinion. Others might say they were both a pair of precious, self- amused NewYorkers, the kind who name their cute little dog an obscenity and attend costume parties dressed as Uma Thurman and John Travolta from “Pulp Fiction.” Their daughter, Dylan Dempsey (Olivia Cooke), grows into an angry adolescent who dyes her hair and plays outdated hard-core punk — exactly the cliche we’d expect — but before we get to truly dislike her, we are whisked off to another story. This one takes place in Spain, where a wealthy olive farmer (Antonio Banderas) falls for another man’s wife, Isabel (Laia Costa). Isabel’s son, Rodrigo (played as a teenager by Alex Monner), will become the father of this movie’s narrator. (No, not Samuel L. Jackson, a different narrator.) Mind blown, yet? The message here lies in Abby’s college thesis about the literary device known as the unreliable narrator. “Life itself,” she says in a giddy epipha- ny, “is an unreliable narrator.” That’s a pretty good example of what this movie considers to be a profound and moving observation. Subconsciously, though, Fogelman might have put the most accurate words into the mouth of Isabel. “I’m not sure whose story I’m telling,” she says. “I’m not sure of anything.” Tribune News Service Groban finding place in music world By GLENN GAMBOA Newsday JOSH GROBAN “Bridges” BOTTOM LINE: Trying to find where he fits in the music industry once again. When Josh Groban unexpected- ly debuted in 2001, the then-20- year-old, baby-faced, big-voiced opera singer had a musical lane all to himself. The idea of positioning a young artist to attract older adults with ballads and standards was new. And Groban essentially cornered that market, with his chart-topping, multiplatinum albums “Josh Groban” and “Closer.” Announcing an event? Send it to the Hub! news@kearneyhub.com

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