Saturday, May 11, 2013
'Great Gatsby' is playing this weekend in Alpharetta.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Baz Luhrmann's take on "The Great Gatsby," which is at times more style than substance – just like like the novel's main character himself – say some critics. "The Great Gatsby" is rated PG-13 and runs two hours and 22 minutes. It is now playing at North Point Market on North Point Parkway. For more theater information, show times and pricing, check our Moviefone locator above. Here's what else the critics are saying: Baz Luhrmann’s new film version of The Great Gatsby is stylish, slick, funny and entertaining—a bit detached at points, a bit overblown at others. That should be all that matters. — Jeremy Mathews, Paste Magazine Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn’t mean it’s rich in…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Do we move ahead as if nothing has happened? Where to do we go from here? Tell us in the comments below.
In the days since the Boston Marathon bombing and the firefight that ensued to capture the men suspected of planting the twin bombs, the national conversation has once again turned to the horror of attacks like the bombing and 9-11 as we try to process the tragedy. While some are reminded that for all the darkness in times like these, there are those who shine a light by running toward destruction to help. Others, however, process the mayhem differently and tend to become somewhat anxious about recurrences and potential vulnerability.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A nonprofit organization is taking Gov. Nathan Deal to task for his neutral position on teens in Wilcox County, Ga., organizing an integrated prom.
Better Georgia, a progressive nonprofit organization, is criticizing Gov. Nathan Deal for "not taking sides" on an effort by four teenage girls to organize its first integrated prom in Wilcox County, Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal was asked last week whether he'd supported the high school students' efforts, which he declined through a spokesman. "This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt," Spokesman Brian Robinson said
Saturday, April 13, 2013
A federal judge has ordered the FDA to make the pregnancy preventative available to women of all ages without a prescription.
A recent ruling by a federal judge in Brooklyn has renewed controversy on reproductive rights. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the morning after pill only be available to girls under 17 years old via prescription. Sebelius' ruling went against a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation that the pill be available to all women and girls over the counter. The U.S. Justice Department is likely to file an appeal of Korman's ruling. Reaction to the ruling has been varied. "Today science has finally prevailed over politics," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement. On the other side of …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
"The frights still work," says one critic, while another says "the 3D provides the definitive version of classic film."
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Jurassic Park 3D" is showing at AMC Mansell Crossing 14 in Alpharetta in this limited engagement. From the film's official website: With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The film's premise, courtesy of IMDb: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly was not able to pass a sweeping firearms bill that would have allowed gun owners to carry in churches, bars and on school campuses.
A proposal that would have allowed firearms to be carried in churches, college campuses and in bars died on the vine as the 2013 legislative session ended on Thursday. House Bill 512, which garnered much support across the state, sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives. However, its upper chamber counterpart, Senate Bill 101, could not muster enough support to pass before the close of the session. The issue over whether or not to allow firearms on the state's nearly 50 colleges and university campuses brought down the bill. However, supporters of the bill and the campus carry provision are confident the bill will return in 2014.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Employees who don't disclose information will pay a $600 penalty.
Is it fair for companies to ask employees to divulge their weight as part of their benefits programs? CVS pharmacy chain has informed its employees they must reveal their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure to the company's insurance provider, or face a $600 annual penalty. Some say this is an invasion of privacy and unfair, while others say it's common practice for employers to encourage employees to take part in incentives programs. CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis defended his company's position in an email to The Huffington Post, saying that the company will not have access to the information, which instead will be reviewed by the firm overseeing CVS's benefits program. “Our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Another Georgia 400 Corridor Transit Initiative will be held this week, so what would you like to see come out of it?
Metro-Atlanta's transportation system is a polarizing topic for some who live north of the perimeter; which begs the question: should MARTA expand its high-capacity transit services along the GA 400 corridor? High-capacity transit could mean anything from rapid transit bus service to light rail or heavy rail options. The type of transit being considered within the Georgia 400 Corridor Transit Initiative would most likely have fewer stops, travel at a higher speed and have more frequent service than the current bus schedules into the areas of downtown Atlanta, Cobb and Gwinnett. According to the initiative fact sheet, whatever comes out of the study would provide "another option to help alleviate the burden on existing roadways and enable …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
This week's question centers around public funds going towards private schools that have explicit, severe anti-gay policies.
Earlier this year a group called the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) released a report indicating that some scholarship money generated through a Georgia tax credit program has been used at religious schools that ban gay, lesbian and bisexual students. The report states, At least 115 private schools participating in Georgia’s tax-funded scholarship program have explicit, severe anti-gay policies or belong to state and national private school associations that promote anti-gay policies and practices among their members. While SEF did not take issue with the policies of private religious schools, it did have a problem with tax dollars going to schools that discriminate against some people. Tax money, the group said in its report, should…
Friday, March 8, 2013
The question is now before the U.S. Supreme Court in a challenge brought forth by Shelby County, Alabama.
The United States Supreme Court later this year is expected to rule on whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. The case is before the high court due to a challenge by Shelby County, Alabama, which argues the section is unconstitutional because the calculation — based on voting turnout and registration data from the early 1970s — used by the federal government to determine which states must comply with the law is outdated. Shelby County argues that the overt methods of voter intimidation to block black residents in the county and the state from exercising their right to vote no longer exist in the state. Section 5 requires several states, including Georgia, to have any changes to its voting practices approved by the…