Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: No Jedi mind trick – ‘Force Awakens’ IS the ‘Star Wars’ film you’re looking for

MOVIE REVIEW: No Jedi mind trick – ‘Force Awakens’ IS the ‘Star Wars’ film you’re looking for

Just a few minutes into “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” longtime fans of the franchise can sense something, a presence they’ve not felt since… seeing “Return of the Jedi.” Whether you loved the prequel movies or despised them, many can at least agree that they are quite different films from the original trilogy in both […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!’ continues to be a knockout classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!’ continues to be a knockout classic

When you’re someone like me, going through life having either played or at least heard of so many different video games, it is easy to forget some things from time to time, such as high scores, the first tough boss you ever defeated, or that one hidden secret you found before so many of your […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Krampus’ delivers humor, special effects, and fun, but not scares

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Krampus’ delivers humor, special effects, and fun, but not scares

When I first heard about “Krampus,” I’ll admit that I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit. Something about the idea of an evil Santa Claus just sounded too ridiculous to be true. A holiday-themed horror movie is not a new concept, with the “Halloween” series and niche films like “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” but I’ve […]

 Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Rebel Raw Double IPA by Samuel Adams

Beer: Rebel Raw Brewery: Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company) Style: Double IPA Age: 2015 ABV: 10.00% IBU: 100 We’re dropping a little hazy Double IPA dankness on all ya’ll today with a little Rebel Raw by Samuel Adams! This is a brewery that shunned the IPA up until recent years now throwing their hat in […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: The Struts have the charisma ‘Everybody Wants’ in intimate Wilkes-Barre show

CONCERT REVIEW: The Struts have the charisma ‘Everybody Wants’ in intimate Wilkes-Barre show

It’s not often concert-goers in Northeastern Pennsylvania get to see an up-and-coming new band on its first tour of the United States, but that’s exactly what we got when The Struts played the Chandelier Lobby of the F.M. Kirby Center on Sunday, Nov. 29. The foursome, originally from Derbyshire, England and now based out of […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Ninja Gaiden II’ is worth a broken NES controller (or two)

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Ninja Gaiden II’ is worth a broken NES controller (or two)

In a way comparable to other firsts in your life – your first job, your first car and, yes, your first love – gamers often reminisce about the very first game that challenged them in a way that both brings back fond memories and digs up some painful ones as well, almost like shellshock as […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Holiday magic of Wizards of Winter extends beyond TSO tribute in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: Holiday magic of Wizards of Winter extends beyond TSO tribute in Wilkes-Barre

I’m sure a lot of us in attendance at the Wizards of Winter concert at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 27 didn’t know quite what to expect. Knowing the group began life in 2009 as a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band, many of us assumed the show would be just […]

 Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Your Father Smelt of Elderberries by Stone Brewing Company

Beer: Your Father Smelt of Elderberries Brewery: Stone Brewing Company Style: Fruit/Vegetable Medieval Ale Age: 2015 ABV: 10.30% IBU: 50 We’re heading over to the left coast today with a little veggie beer review. This one is from Stone Brewing Company’s Stochasticity Project – Your Father Smelt of Elderberries! Setting the rules for this brew […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Maniac Mansion’ is the cult classic you should have grown up with

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Maniac Mansion’ is the cult classic you should have grown up with

Christmas time is obviously here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and as I am wont to do, I often think back to the holiday seasons of the past, those great mornings when you’d wake up and hopefully find those video games and consoles you were pining for all year underneath the tree. Well, this month, during “A […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Brian Setzer rocked Christmas tunes like Santa on a hot tin roof in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: Brian Setzer rocked Christmas tunes like Santa on a hot tin roof in Wilkes-Barre

The holiday season in Northeastern Pennsylvania got off to a swinging start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 when the Brian Setzer Orchestra brought its 12th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. The Thanksgiving Eve concert featured a fine mixture of holiday tunes from the big band’s three […]

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