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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Thursday, September 16 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany will be holding a mass food distribution at Crosstown Plaza in Schenectady.

The distribution or “drive-thru pantry” is a part of the organization’s mobile outreach initiative, CC MOVE, and is an effort to provide supplemental and emergency food in areas with limited access to services.

Thursday, September 16 distribution is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.  There will be a drive-through distribution line only and guests should not arrive before the 9:30 a.m. start time.

Food items provided by the Regional Food Bank will be packaged by volunteers from partnering organizations and distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. and interested volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:15 a.m.

Food distributions scheduled for September:

  • 9/20 – Metropolitan Baptist Church, 105 Second Street, Albany at 9:30
  • 9/22 – Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, 501 4th Avenue, Troy at 9:30
  • 9/23 – Macedonia Church, 26 Wilson Avenue, Albany at 9:30
  • 9/28 – Sidney Fire House, 74 River Street, Sidney at 11:00
  • 9/30 – 230 Green Street, Albany at 9:30

Catholic Charities, with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and local community partners, has distributed over 1.6 million pounds of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food items to 160,000 people across 50,000 households so far this year.

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Letters: People of all political stripes need to stop kidding themselves about climate

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Climate context

In his October 3 column about woodpeckers, columnist Joe Soucheray bemoans that climate change is an over-hyped, go-to “culprit” of the media. His aside that, “the climate has always changed” is a tired argument that climate deniers tried ages ago.

Soucheray thinks the media lack context — he himself might get some by reading the latest, devastating IPCC Report on Climate Change which establishes that only a narrow window remains to stop its worst effects from happening. The fear is not that global warming will continue gradually, but exponentially.

And his notion that birds are not at risk of extinction is sadly false. Not only are birds at risk — but up to 1 million species are currently at risk of extinction.

People of all political stripes need to stop kidding themselves: the very human race is also at risk of extinction if our government and others do not act now, urgently.

Nick Huelster, St. Paul

 

Positions

The following is a list of positions that a candidate for Saint Paul Mayor should have.

Respect for the police. Do not speak disparagingly about the police. Fully fund the Police Department. Bring the number of police officers back up to their fully staffed levels.

Recognize that the main purpose of streets and roads is to move vehicles as efficiently and safely as possible. Return the current citywide speed limit of “20 mile per hour unless posted otherwise” to 30 miles per hour. Stop narrowing reconstructed roads and vehicle lanes. Recognize there is a need for drivers to find parking spaces. Increase street maintenance.

Listen to constituents. Stop mandating from the mayor’s office. We are intelligent beings who do not need to be told how to live by a governmental agency.

Ron Schaaf, St. Paul

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Week 5 high school football preview: Abington, Rockland in a showdown

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Week 5 high school football preview: Abington, Rockland in a showdown

Abington and Rockland could go into their annual football game winless and there would still be a buzz in the air.

The fact that both enter tonight’s contest with 4-0 records only adds to the excitement.

“You walk into the local Stop & Shop and everyone wants to talk about the Abington game.” said Rockland coach Nick Liquori. “I think a lot of it is the closeness of the two towns — you have a lot of friendships because of that. Another thing is that the schools always seem to be competitive in so many sports.”

Longtime Abington coaching icon Jim Kelliher can relate to the closeness as he has Rockland blood in his background.

“My father (Joseph) grew up in Rockland before moving to Abington,” Kelliher said. “He had an oil business and we were in Rockland a lot so we know a lot of people there.”

Friday’s game also carries adding historical significance for Kelliher. He will be coaching in his 500th game, making him just the third coach in state history to reach that milestone, the others being the late Bill Tighe (514) and Northbridge’s Ken LaChapelle (coaching in his 504th game tonight against Grafton).

“It’s pretty special to me,” Kelliher admitted. “To be able to teach in the same place for 36 years and coach there for 50 means a lot to me. I’m very happy that the school allowed me to do that.”

As for the game itself, Rockland comes into the game having allowed just three scores in its four previous triumphs. Liquori is pleasantly surprised with the way his younger players have responded to the challenges of varsity football.

“Considering we came into the season with little varsity experience, we’re happy with their attitudes,” Liquori said. “They are like sponges, they absorb the things we are teaching them. They’re very competitive, they challenge each other every day at practice.”

The defense will certainly be challenged against an explosive Abington offense which has put up at least 27 points a game.

“They are very skilled,” Liquori said. “(Quarterback Eddie) Reilly does get a great job of getting the ball to his receivers and they have good running backs. They’re going to be tough, so our job will be to challenge everything they want to do and control the line of scrimmage.”

League play starts to kick into high gear tonight with several solid matchups. Undefeated Billerica travels to Tewksbury, Masconomet hosts Marblehead and Woburn visits Reading in a Middlesex Liberty battle of undefeated teams.

Mansfield looks to rebound after watching its 19-game winning streak come to an end, but the task won’t be easy as unbeaten Milford comes to town. Plymouth North puts its 4-0 on the line when it travels to Duxbury.

No. 1 Catholic Memorial headlines the Saturday slate as it hosts St. John’s (Shrewsbury) in a Catholic Conference opener. Two other solid matchups pit Natick at Wellesley and Manchester-Essex at KIPP.

In the Independent School League, a pair of 2-0 teams butt heads as Lawrence Academy hosts Milton Academy.

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‘No Time to Die’ starts with a blast, resorts to an old bag of tricks

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MOVIE REVIEW 

“NO TIME TO DIE”

Rated PG-13. At AMC Boston Common, Regal Fenway, AMC South Bay and suburban theaters.

Grade: B

Daniel Craig’s swansong “No Time to Die” is a blast getting out of the gate with a Billie Eilish theme, a tremendous bit of action in a ridiculously picturesque Italian town and Vesper Lynd appearing to bat Bond with a giant ghostly hand from beyond the grave.

But the film soon turns into a marathon, revisiting old themes, old loves and the old villains of Craig’s five-film run as Bond with composer Hans Zimmer furiously riffing on John Barry. I stopped counting after the sixth gratuitous chase scene.

Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”), the first American to direct a Bond film (replacing Danny Boyle), just piles it on American-style, and the script of this superhero-sized (163 minute) Bond outing with a deranged super-villain plotting to destroy is borderline self parody.

As none other than Lyutsifer Safin, Academy Award-winner Rami Malek delivers a deathly complected performance and is intensely weird. But you will need subtitles to understand most of what Rami’s Lyutsifer is slow-muttering.

Romantic lead Lea Seydoux sleepwalks her way through the film as Bond’s rejected love and possible minion of imprisoned Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) Madeleine Swann. You will see the twist regarding her coming a mile away.

In a tricky femme fatale turn as Cuban trainee agent Paloma, all black-clad Ana de Armas is likable and impressive. She and Craig have more chemistry, too. For his part, Craig has ably taken author Ian Fleming’s James Bond to darker (and more violent in spite of those PG-13 ratings) spaces than his predecessors.

He has also been notably the most athletic Bond of all and that tradition continues here even in his 50s (note: Craig injured his ankle on set). The IMAX-lensed film was shot in England, Italy, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Scotland and Jamaica, and looks like it cost a fortune (How much to rent a Boeing C-17?).

COVID held up its release for a long time. Perhaps, suitably, there is a lot of talk about DNA, nanobots and a sinister laboratory, and the plot and action have been carefully woke-proofed, unless you count the spectacle of Armas kicking bad guys in the yarbles in that dress and those heels.

As Felix Leiter, Jeffrey Wright is once again worth his weight in gold. A vintage Aston Martin DB5 gets shot up in Italy. In London, Bond drives a newer model. He finds that he has been retired and replaced as 007 by boss M (Ralph Fiennes), whom Bond refers to as “darling” to annoy him, with a Black woman named Nomi (Lashana Lynch, who handles the quips and physical work well).

Bond is defunct. But he nevertheless goes after Safin, who has a “poison garden” at his home, along with captured Bond loved ones, on an island between Russia and Japan, where Safin built his super-villain stronghold from which he plans to unleash a … pandemic (Prophetic in retrospect or just, oy, not that again?).

The Bond movie plot mush — provided by writers Neal Purvis (“Spectre”), Robert Wade (“Spectre”), writer-director Fukunaga (“It”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge of the award-winning “Fleabag” — takes the notion of “beats” to the super-nanobot level.

These latest Bond films endlessly (and more expensively) recycle what we have seen before. This one is “Skyfall” meets “Dr. No” with, I think, bits of “The Spy Who Shagged Me.” Do the makers of the new “Suicide Squad” know that “No Time to Die” shares their story line? Who cares? It’s overlong, but mostly fun, and Craig is the second best Bond ever. It all ends aptly with the great Louis Armstrong singing “We Have All the Time in the World” from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (another Barry classic). Exit and adieu, the great craggy Craig.

(“No Time to Die” contains gun and physical violence, language, disturbing and suggestive images.)

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Editorial: House should temper voter-ease mania

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In advance of Senate deliberations on a bill providing multiple ballot-casting options, House Speaker Ronald Mariano said his chamber will “need another vote” on election reforms this session.

He’s right, because on Wednesday, senators overwhelmingly passed a “ground-breaking” package of voting reforms, including making mail-in voting permanent, expanding early voting access and introducing same-day registration.

Dubbed the “VOTES” Act, it’s described as a “massive step in the right direction” that builds upon progress in voter access expansion made amid the pandemic.

It introduces same-day registration for new voters looking to cast a ballot on Election Day or any early voting day.

The bill also spells out a plan to boost ballot access for eligible incarcerated voters and people with disabilities.

The House, which has shown a willingness to go along with some portions of the Senate bill, approved a supplemental budget amendment in June that would have permanently authorized mail-in voting and early voting before biennial elections.

However, a year earlier, representatives rejected an amendment to a COVID-era voting bill that would have allowed Election Day registration, on a 139-16 vote.

“Obviously, we’ll wait and see what comes over in the form of the bill that we’ll get from the Senate,” Mariano said. “We have taken a vote on the same-day amendment. We’ll see what happens when we begin the debate.”

Existing mail-in voting and expanded early voting provisions expire Dec. 15, absent action to extend or amend them. That could revert any special elections or spring contests back to pre-pandemic voting patterns.

The momentum behind these voting amenities apparently stems from the robust turnout in the state’s 2020 general election, which featured a hotly contested, ideologically divisive race for president.

A record 3,657,972 votes were cast in that election, after lawmakers and election officials implemented reforms designed to make voting safe and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1.5 million citizens used the vote-by-mail option in 2020, and another 844,000 voters cast ballots in-person before Election Day, thus avoiding busy polling places.

The 76% turnout rate was only exceeded once before, when more than 84% of registered voters participated in the 1992 election, another presidential year.

But presidential elections, which historically attract a larger turnout, aren’t reliable indicators of voter participation in nonpresidential years, as the paltry roughly 25% turnout in Boston’s preliminary showed.

Also, incentives like early-voting periods usually don’t increase the overall turnout, just elongate the process.

But that didn’t stop Senate leadership and Secretary of State Bill Galvin from jumping on the election smorgasbord bandwagon.

Galvin also backed legislation that expands in-person, early voting and allows same-day voter registration, which means eligible voters who need to register or update their voting information could do so at the polls on Election Day before casting their ballot.

Currently, voters must be registered at least 20 days before Election Day in order to vote. Galvin also would let anyone who missed the deadline to register on Election Day at the polls, but not during the intervening period.

Hopefully, the confluence of a viral pandemic and a presidential election will never occur again, which would likely preclude the need for all these voting enticements.

Bottom line, legislators must consider whether under normal circumstances, the cost of all these ballot enablers justify the expense of implementing them.

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Plymouth South RB Casious Johnson determined to succeed

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PLYMOUTH – Since he was very young, Casious Johnson has always strived for greatness.

Sometimes in the dead of night, you can catch the Plymouth South sophomore running sprints on the turf as late as 11 p.m. If not that, chances are he is working out at his home, solely focused on the next game at hand, and how he can improve.

After years of nonstop training, it would appear his hard work is beginning to pay off. In front of a packed house last week, Johnson put on quite a show, rushing 40 times for 339 yards and six touchdowns during a 42-35 victory over Patriot League rival Hanover. He also hauled in a pair of receptions for 58 yards, and completed two passes out of the wildcat formation for 10 more yards.

“I was expecting a lot of people that I knew to be at the game, (some) that hadn’t seen me play before,” Johnson said. “I heard Hanover was going to be a tough team, so I went into the game running as hard as I could. Our team was hyped, the blocking was there, and (things broke my way).”

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the name, you should probably start. Johnson burst onto the scene in the Fall II season as a freshman. During the abbreviated campaign, he would rush for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns, while propelling the Panthers to a Patriot Cup (Fisher Division) title. He was named a Boston Herald All-Scholastic for his efforts.

So just how historic was Johnson’s inaugural season?

“I think we’ve had two freshmen get significant varsity minutes in the last 20 years here at Plymouth South,” said Panthers coach Darren Fruzzetti. “One of them played at Brown – Derrick Doucette. The other one’s been Casious, so he’s in really good company, and when we start talking about all of these other players historically, he’s in the company of kids who have had their college paid for (from) football. So it’s a good conversation to have.”

However, Johnson has only improved in the few months since then. Through just four games this season, he has racked up 99 carries for 855 yards and 13 touchdowns. As the focal point of Plymouth South’s offensive scheme, the sophomore has started drawing comparisons to arguably the top running back in school history, Dylan Oxsen.

“I think he’s definitely the most talented sophomore I’ve ever coached,” Fruzzetti said. “When you start talking about players like Dylan Oxsen, I think Casious is right there with him. And with another two years to go after this season, I think he has a chance to be an even better player than Dylan, which is saying a lot… he’s the total package.”

Plymouth South (3-1) will face Pembroke Friday, but the road only becomes even more difficult with each passing week. From there, the Panthers will face Quincy, followed by North Quincy. Then, Plymouth South will close its regular season schedule against Scituate Oct. 29.

Johnson hopes to continue his career in the collegiate ranks, and aspires to one day accomplish his dream of playing in the NFL.

If recent trends continue, do not be surprised in the slightest if more doors begin to open for the rising star.

“It’s crazy, because a bunch of people come up to me in school,” said Johnson. “I remember not having any of that in middle school. I used to dream about this stuff, and now it’s finally happening. I’m proud.”

NAME: Casious Johnson

SCHOOL: Plymouth South

AGE: 15

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0, 205 lbs.

POSITION: Running Back

NICKNAME: Cashisholy

FAMILY (Father, mother, brothers and sisters): Father: Charles; Mother: Chanett; Brothers: Gio, Jamajesti, Charles; Sisters: Alexis, Jlee, Empress, Jheñe, Samiyah

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-State

FAVORITE PERSONAL MOMENT IN SPORTS: Rushing for six touchdowns vs. Hanover (10/1/21)

FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: History

LEAST FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Geometry

FAVORITE PIGOUT FOOD: Wings

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Outer Banks

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Blind Side

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Lil Durk

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Madden

FAVORITE SMARTPHONE APP: Instagram or Snapchat

FAVORITE TWITTER ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW: ESPN

FAVORITE PRO TEAM: New Orleans Saints

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Walter Payton

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GAME: Meditate, Stretch

IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE: Lil Baby

CAREER AMBITIONS: Hopeful to play football in college, then the NFL

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What’s going on with Rafael Devers?

The Red Sox third baseman appeared to be playing through pain during Thursday’s 5-0 loss to the Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. On several swings throughout the night, most noticeably in his final at-bat, Devers looked to be experiencing discomfort in his right wrist and forearm.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Devers suffered an arm injury in Tuesday’s Wild Card victory over the Yankees, though it’s unclear what may have caused it. On Thursday, Devers either fouled off or whiffed on eight fastballs, and there was some noticeable grimacing and favoring of his right arm after some of the swings. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora dismissed any injury concerns after the game, saying everyone is hurt to some degree at this point of the season.

“A few days ago everybody said he (was) setting up the pitcher whenever he drops the bat,” Cora said. “Today because he didn’t get a hit, he is hurt.

“You know, I mean, after 162 things that happen and you get treatment, and you grind, you know? Not everybody is 100% right now, and he is posting. Like I said a few days ago, you know, he was dropping the bat the same way, and nobody said anything. Actually, I heard that he was setting out pitchers with that.”

It’s certainly something to keep an eye on as the Red Sox head into a critical Game 2 on Friday night.

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Verniere: ‘South of Heaven’ a gory action movie with popular pandemic themes

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MOVIE REVIEW

“SOUTH OF HEAVEN”

Not rated. On AMC and in select theaters.

Grade: B

In opening scenes of “South of Heaven,” Emmy Award winner Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”), playing prison convict Jimmy Ray, pleads his case for an early release after 12 years served on his 15-year sentence for armed robbery and assault. Jimmy needs to get out of prison because his beloved Annie (Evangeline Lilly), to whom he pledged a “blood vow” when he was 7 years old, has a year or less to live due to lung cancer. Yes, Sudeikis brings the folksy charm of Ted Lasso to bear on this country convict loser (the film was shot in Texas). Jimmy gets his wish. But the cards just never play out right for him. First, his parole officer, a weaselly bully named Schmidt (Shea Wigham) wants Jimmy to serve as bag man for him and pick up money from some violent criminals. On the way back from this errand, reaching for his cellphone, Jimmy accidentally hits a motorcyclist, killing him.

This is where “South of Heaven” lost me a bit. Israeli director and co-writer Aharon Keshales (“Big Bad Wolves”) apparently thinks that making the motorcyclist a courier for a crime lord excuses Jimmy’s crime. It doesn’t. Jimmy takes the motorcycle and the mangled corpse to a friend in the recycling business. Aristocratic crime lord Whit Price (Mike Colter) shows up the next day with his collection of thugs. Pass the nail gun and birthday cake. Things go from bad to bloody worse.

But Jimmy is like the gunslinger in “Old Henry” and the nobody in “Nobody.” Jimmy only seems like a loser who has been misjudged and disrespected his whole life. But prison has toughened him up. This idea of a common man having secret skills that people never dreamed he had has become a popular pandemic theme. It makes sense at a time when so many of us feel completely powerless.

In between misadventures, Jimmy lavishes his love on Annie, and the two of them have a relationship that is either wonderful or a completely banal, sentimental cliche. In one scene, they sing the Beach Boys’ tune “God Only Knows” to one another. Lilly, who sports a short, blonde ’do, is not given much to do except pretend to be facing death when she isn’t snuggling with Jimmy or baking.

The action scenes with Jimmy in shootouts in Texas and across the border with Price’s army of henchmen run the gamut from well-staged to sloppy and just not credible. Is there ever just a bowling ball in a bowling ball bag these days?

Sudeikis’ performance is the prime reason to see “South of Heaven” for “Lasso” fans. Fans of “Jessica Jones” and “Evil” might want to check out “South of Heaven” for Colter’s turn as articulate gangster Price, who also lost his wife to lung cancer and is devoted to their smart-talking, preteen son Tommy (Thaddeus J. Mixson, another asset).

Am I the only one wondering why Colter’s Luke Cage hasn’t gotten his own movie?

(“South of Heaven” contains extreme, gory violence and harsh language.)

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Out of Iceland, ‘Lamb’ presents something strange and familiar

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MOVIE REVIEW

“LAMB”

Rated R. At AMC Boston Common, Regal Fenway, Landmark Kendall Square, Coolidge Corner Theatre and suburban theaters.

Grade: B+

An oddity from Iceland, “Lamb” comes to us from the land of the “little people” and the 1995 gem “Cold Fever.”

Noomi Rapace, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” queen of night herself, stars as Maria, an Icelander who has teamed with her husband Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) to run a sheep farm at the foot of one of Iceland’s mountains.

Maria and Ingvar have a dog, which helps herd the sheep, and a cat, which doesn’t do much of anything. We will later learn that Maria and Ingvar lost a child. Maria takes care of helping the sheep give birth to their young, while it is Ingvar’s job to spread the fodder beside the pens.

One day, as if in a fairy tale, a sheep gives birth to something remarkable. Maria and Ingvar name it Ada and take it to live in the house with them much to the dismay of the creature’s woolly mother.

Maria and Ingvar and their new arrival live happily. But then, out of the blue, or the wind, Ingvar’s brother Petur (Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson), an outlaw of some sort, arrives at the farm, spending his first night on a sofa in the barn. He tries to reason with his brother and his sister-in-law, to whom he is strongly attracted, regarding their new arrival. They ignore him at their peril.

“Lamb” is a tale of wind, cold, sheep, grief and longing.

You never know what plot will unfold with that combination, and in the case of “Lamb” you come up with something exceedingly strange and yet strangely familiar.

The film is like the Brothers Grimm for adults. But then again the Brothers Grimm has always been for adults as well as their children.

Rapace, whose face tells a strange, beautiful story of its own, is unique among actors of her time. This is probably why her interpretation of Goth fiction icon Lisbeth Salander is the one that will leave the deepest mark.

When her Maria tells Ingvar “the tractor is making another strange noise,” there is concern, world weariness and a touch of scold to her tone. The desolate beauty of Iceland’s countryside adds another layer. The towering mountain in the film is all rock and sky with no trees. It is starkly majestic, a giant, silent witness to the unfolding mystery.

“Lamb” might have been written by a modern-day version of Icelander Snorri Sturluson, poet-historian of Norse mythology. Instead it was co-written by Nordic literary sensation Sjon of the upcoming Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”) entry “The Northman,” with Anya Taylor-Joy.

Valdimar Johannsson makes an auspicious feature debut as the film’s director. Iceland is a country shaped by its literature, its Eddas and Sagas. It believes in trolls and elves and is experiencing a revival of its pre-Christian religion. The “hidden folk,” including Ada herself, play a role in “Lamb.” Don’t make them angry.

(“Lamb” contains violence, bloody imagery, nudity and sexually suggestive scenes.)

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In ‘The Manor,’ Barbara Hershey finds terror in the nursing home

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MOVIE REVIEW

“THE MANOR”

Not rated. On Amazon Prime.

Grade: B

“The Manor” from former horror film reporter Axelle Carolyn, who wrote and directed, is “Suspiria” for geriatrics and a piece of horror movie fluff. But it is also entertaining and a bit scary, with a strong cast headed by the still beautiful Barbara Hershey.

Hershey, who made baby boomer male pulses race, plays an old woman and former ballet dancer (the “Suspiria” link) named Judith Albright, a sweet and loving human being who after swooning at her birthday party decides to move into a large, old care home for seniors.

Judith is showing signs of Parkinson’s and had a small stroke. Ugh, old age.

Almost two decades earlier, Judith came to the rescue of her single-mother daughter Barbara (Katie A. Keane) and helped raise Barbara’s fatherless son Josh (Nicholas Alexander), who is now 17 years old.

Judith and Josh have a strong bond. Judith does not seem as fierce as her Biblical namesake, who famously beheaded the Assyrian general Holofernes.

At the manor house, where our Judith moves, she has trouble fitting in. She has obviously not read the rules of the place (a weird omission). She has to share a room with a semi-comatose woman named Annette (Nancy Linehan Charles), who is terrified by a black cat. A staff member takes Judith for a walk in the adjacent woods and shows her the spooky, big, old oak tree that the kids in the neighborhood gather round at night.

Judith’s social status improves after she is befriended by the courtly Roland (Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) and his two bridge-playing women buddies. Roland even makes a sexual pass at Judith, perhaps hoping to add her to his bridge-playing harem.

One night a lightning storm moves in and during the flashes of light Judith sees a creature — holy “Green Night” — made out of wood and bark standing beside Annette’s bed and then perching on the end of Judith’s bed, before alighting upon Judith’s body like the demonic creature in the famous Henry Fuseli painting “The Nightmare.”

Judith is tested by the staff “charlatan” doctor (Andrew Tinpo Lee) for dementia. Is Judith having delusions brought on by that condition? Or is some supernatural force at work, murdering the patients one by one and sacrificing them to the devil himself?

“The Manor” brings a lot of films to mind, the first being the Roman Polanski genre classic “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968). Josh himself brings up “The Wicker Man,” the 1973 cult film remade — terribly — in 2006 with Nicolas Cage. In “The Manor,” someone prays to the Lord of the Forest and tosses tied strands of someone’s hair into a fire.

Writer-director Carolyn, who was born in Brussels, Belgium, knows what she is doing, even if she is a bit loose with the details.

Hershey is fun as Judith, especially when she gets angry enough to fight back.

“The Manor” is not as great as last year’s “Relic” from Japanese-Australian writer-director Natalie Erika James, another horror film about dementia. But “The Manor” has its moments.

(“The Manor” contains harsh language, frightening scenes and extreme emotional distress.)

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Dear Abby: Help, my husband still calls his grown daughters by baby names!

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Danny V ‘s Thursday Pickorama

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been happily married for 10 years. This is a second marriage for both of us. We don’t have children together, but my husband has grown daughters in their 50s from a previous marriage. Generally, we have good relationships with each other.

My problem is, my husband still calls — and refers to — his daughters by their childhood nicknames, “Peanut” and “Poopsie.” They reciprocate by calling him by silly names instead of “Dad” or “Father.” Seeing these adult women reverting to childhood drives me up a wall. They talk and act like little girls and use baby talk with each other, too.

I have shared with my husband more than once that this “innocent” nickname game keeps his daughters stuck in old childhood patterns, while keeping other family members out of the conversation. How would you suggest I handle this?

— Feeling Like an Outsider

Dear “Outsider”: Because you have shared with your husband “more than once” that you feel sidelined when his daughters do this, and nothing has changed, try this: Arrange to visit with friends or schedule an activity you enjoy while your husband’s “girls” visit their daddy. If you do, it may be less frustrating than trying to change them.

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been happily married (with some ups and downs) for 30 years. We are in our 50s and have two grown children. We enjoy an active love life except for one thing. He refuses to kiss me passionately before or during lovemaking. When I met him 35 years ago, he was the best kisser! Kissing helps me to get in the mood, but he says we’re “too old” for that.

I have talked to him about it, to no avail. My first thought was that my breath was bad, but he assured me it wasn’t. Is this normal? Am I asking too much? When we’re watching a movie together, I will say to him when the actors kiss, “They’re doing it, why can’t we?” and he rolls his eyes. Should I let this go, as it seems like such a small issue?

— Kissed Off in Montana

Dear Kissed Off: Considerate couples who love each other want to give each other pleasure. That your husband would withhold something you have told him you need to enhance your intimacy is selfish. I do not think you should “let this go,” because if you would write to me about it, it ISN’T a small issue. If he can’t explain his change in behavior to you, he should explain it WITH you — in the office of a marriage and family therapist.

Dear Abby: I have been married for 45 years, but the love of my life is now in a memory care facility because of Alzheimer’s. We have always sent out greeting cards during the holidays. I’m now wondering how I should sign them this year — with both our names as usual or just my own?

— Wondering in San Diego

Dear Wondering: I vote for sending the cards out with both of your names. There will come a time when you send them from just yourself, but until his passing, his name should be included.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com.

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