‘The Devil All The Time’ review

first_imgArvin Russell (Tom Holland) grows up to see more hurt and loss than most people manage in a lifetime. Taken in by his grandmother Emma (Kristin Griffith), Arvin grows up alongside Leonora (Eliza Scanlen), a fellow orphan who has also been through her fair share of grief and trauma. As he tries to protect the ones he love, Arvin crosses paths with a host of colourful characters including a corrupt Reverend (Robert Pattinson), a psychopathic couple (Riley Keough and Jason Clarke) and a Sheriff (Sebastian Stan) out for revenge. Cast: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson Director: Antonio Campos Writer: Antonio & Paulo Campos Certificate: 18 Duration: 138 mins Released by: Netflix Release date: 16th September 2020 I can see that director Antonio Campos, who co-wrote the screenplay with Paulo Campos, was trying to pull together all of the elements of Pollock’s book but that doesn’t work so well for a film. Characters come and go far too quickly, yet in other instances we spend too much time with them and it never amounts to much. The character of Roy Laferty (Harry Melling) is one example as we’re witness to his increasingly disturbing behaviour but his character doesn’t really amount to anything. Credit: Netflix ‘The Devil All The Time’ is based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock and it pulls together a series of seemingly disparate characters while spanning from the end of World War II to the 1960s. At the heart of the story is Arvin who we see grow from a young boy into a man, and as the film progresses the characters we’re introduced to eventually do come into contact with Arvin, usually in very violent and disturbing ways. Credit: Netflixcenter_img With a running length of nearly two hours and 20 minutes, ‘The Devil All The Time’ is quite an unwieldy and unfocussed film. It takes a long time to set the scene and you have to get through a lot of characters, most of whom end up being superfluous to the plot, before you meet the ones you’re going to spend the majority of the film with. As the film, like the book, spans such a long period of time, time often moves on incredibly quickly and that creates a lot of pacing problems. After the slog of the first hour, the narrative progresses quickly and you barely get to know any of the characters. As is often the case with productions that are top-loaded with stars, not every name gets the chance to shine. Robert Pattinson’s Rev. Preston Teagardin is stereotypically awful but we never really understand why while Bill Skarsgård just gets going as Willard, Arvin’s father, when he’s written out of the film. Mia Wasikowska and Haley Bennett are reduced to the role of wives and they have pretty much nothing to do. Similarly, Sebastian Stan pops up occasionally but not enough to make you care about what goes down in the climax. ‘The Devil All The Time’ is quite honestly a bit of a sprawling mess that’s devoid of character development and doesn’t deliver a payoff good enough to warrant slogging your way through it. With a cast this fantastic, my hopes had been high but sadly the end product is disappointing. While all of the cast are fine, none of them get given the richly written characters they deserve. The best thing about the film is the cinematography and the all too short time spent with Bill Skarsgård as Arvin’s father Willard. Had the film being more focused on Arvin, it would have been a lot stronger. Tom Holland is a capable actor but he doesn’t get enough to do here despite being the lead. His character really stumbles between all of the madcap characters around him, which makes the plot feel like its advancing out of convenience rather organically. His meeting with murderous couple Sandy (Riley Keough) and Carl (Jason Clarke) is over as quickly as it begins, despite those characters being one of the few through lines in the movie.last_img read more

What you need to know about Al-Shabaab’s defector, Abu Mansur

first_imgNow in his early 50’s – Robow is considered to be among the co-founders of the terrorist group that’s now considered the deadliest on the continent. Image courtesy: CNN Now in his early 50’s – Robow is considered to be among the co-founders of the terrorist group that’s now considered the deadliest on the continent. Image courtesy: CNNFor several years – his fellow colleagues in Al-Shabaab referred to him – as Abu Mansur. His real name is Mukhtar Robow Ali.Now in his early 50’s – Robow is considered to be among the co-founders of the terrorist group that’s now considered the deadliest on the continent.Alongside other top commanders, Robow received military training from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – and returned to form a terrorist group that’s attacked Somalia and beyond.He also served in previous positions under the group – briefly as a spokesperson and later rose to become its deputy leader – a position he would hold until 2013.And in July – the U.S. State department withdrew a $5 million dollar bounty against him – after it came to light that he had expressed interest in talks with authorities.On Sunday, the government announced that the commander had surrendered – after his loyalists couldn’t stand Al-Shabaab’s back-to-back attacks in his hideout. The group tried to capture him dead or alive after he fell-out with the then group’s leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in September 2014.Experts and authorities have hailed his surrender as a boost in the fight against the terror group – that has been seeking to topple Somalia’s government for almost a decade“Robow is not the average fighter – he is a trained commander with massive experience in Afghanistan,” Ahmed Weli, an independent analyst, told CGTN Africa.“His surrender to authorities is not just a huge boost but one that the government can use as propaganda – to lure other hardcore terrorists within the group who are trying to abandon Al-Shabaab”.He is the fourth commander to surrender since 2014 – Hassan Dahir Aweys, a former leader of a separate militant group known as Hizbul Islam that was forced to join Al-Shabaab in 2010 after it was overpowered, is also in the hands of the governmentMohamed Said Atam – Al-Shabaab’s former chief in Puntland also surrendered in 2014 – followed by Zakaria Ismail – the group’s intelligence chief- who had a $3 million dollar bounty on his head.The government says that such major defections have yielded tangible results – Somalia and its international partners have increased targeted killings of the groups top command.However – experts say that the group remains a potent threat – since 2016, the group has overran three A.U. military bases killings hundreds of peacekeepers.According to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Al-Shabaab killed more than 4,200 people in 2016 – and continues with its same tactics that has claimed lives in major African capitals – among them Nairobi, Djibouti and Kampala.Here is CGTN Africa’s Abdulaziz Billow with more:last_img read more

‘My best performance ever’ – Shillingford

first_img Sharing is caring! Shane Shillingford returned to Test cricket with a Man-of-the-Match performance © WICB Media Photo/Randy BrooksWest Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford has a ten-wicket haul against Australia, but he rated his match-winning effort against Zimbabwe in Barbados as the best performance of his budding career. Shillingford’s 9 for 107 helped West Indies achieve their fifth consecutive Test victory, beating Zimbabwe by nine wickets in two days and two hours at Kensington Oval.“I would rate this as my best performance ever. When I got the ten wickets against Australia last year, we didn’t win the match, so there wasn’t anything to celebrate,” Shillingford said after his team had taken a 1-0 lead in the series. “Today I got six, and ended with nine in the match. We have something to celebrate – we won the match [by a] big [margin] and I’m happy to be part of it. That makes it special.”Shillingford’s performance in the second innings – 6 for 49 – was his career best and it helped dismiss Zimbabwe for 109, giving West Indies a target of 12. He used his height to good effect, extracting considerable bounce from a pitch that offered spin as well, and his variety – offbreaks, straighter ones, and changes in pace and trajectory – challenged the batsmen.“I was quite surprised to see how helpful the pitch was from the first day, so I decided to exploit it,” he said. “I was able to get spin and bounce and that was great for me. I knew after that, all I had to do was get the ball in the right areas and I would get my reward.”It was also his return to Test cricket too, having last played a solitary match on the tour of England in May 2012. He had been selected ahead of Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul on the back of a strong first-class performance – 24 wickets in three matches this season.“I played a couple of games here during the first-class season and picked up wickets,” Shillingford said. “I just gave it my all. I tried to bowl a consistent line first up, and then tried to spin the ball as much as possible.“Before the match, the captain and the coach spoke to us about the importance of this match and series, and the need to win and make it five straight. I was confident from the time I came into the match. I always do well when I play at Kensington against Barbados, so I came into this match knowing I had a crucial role to play.”West Indies and Zimbabwe play the last Test in Roseau from March 20. Cricinfo 20 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share NewsSports ‘My best performance ever’ – Shillingford by: – March 15, 2013 Tweetlast_img read more

$400k for Housing Repairs in Bagatelle District

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 65 Views   no discussions LocalNews $400k for Housing Repairs in Bagatelle District by: – October 8, 2019 Dr Kenneth DarrouxFour hundred thousand dollars are available to the communities of Bagatelle, Fond St. Jean, Pointe Caribe and Stowe for continued housing repairs in the area.To-date, the Bagatelle Village Council has received $1.4m for residents to carry out repairs to their homes since hurricaneMaria.Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Petite Savanne Constituency, Dr. Kenneth Darroux said since Hurricane Maria numerous cheques have been issued for residents to contract their own skilled men for repairs as well as to purchase fittings damaged by the hurricane.Announcing an additional $400,000, he said, “We did a number of roofs that cost significant sums in the region of $40,000 and $50,000. There is still a lot of work to be done in housing.”last_img read more

Texas Tropical Trail tours Port Isabel

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comAmid racks of brightly colored fishing shirts and shelves of fishing tackle, over 20 people crowded into the few open spaces at Quik Stop Bait Stand and Seafood Market located along Highway 100 in Port Isabel. Moments before, the group witnessed a local shrimper dropping off a load of shrimp at the shop’s boat slip out back.The group of folks visiting the popular bait shop traded friendly banter and large smiles as owners Calvin Byrd and his wife Sandra beamed while sharing local fishing lore and distributing party plates piled high with boiled shrimp and ceviche.The gathering at Quik Stop was just one of several on the group’s itinerary for the day. The morning began with a trip to the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and up next was a stop by the Port Isabel – San Benito Navigation District (PISBND) — seemingly strange stops for tourists, but this was no ordinary group of tourists.The group was part of the Texas Tropical Trail, explained Port Isabel Marketing Director Valerie Bates. “Texas Tropical Trail is part of the Texas Heritage Trails program, which is a program under the Texas Historical Commission,” she said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedGREAT OUTDOORS: The Lure of FishingBy JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade If you were to listen in on conversations between fishermen the number one question asked on the dock or in the tackle shops would be, “What did you catch them on?” In this case, the answer is a lure. There are basically four…January 31, 2013In “South Padre Parade”‘Shrimp Tales’ book launches in Port Isabel with large attendance                            By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS This past Thursday, January 23, Rudy H. Garcia and Pat McGrath Avery launched their new book Shrimp Tales: Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimping History. The book launch was…January 30, 2020In “News”Hooked For Life reels in big crowdBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS By nature, anglers are usually a fairly secretive bunch, carefully guarding their favorite fishing spots, techniques, and bait preferences. But not 3rd grader Marc Anthony of Mission, who was one of the many children who turned out for the 4th Annual Hooked for…April 15, 2016In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Top 25 Boys Basketball Scores for Friday, December 13th and Schedule for Saturday, December 14th

first_img Related TopicsBoys High School Basketball There was a number of big games in the area on Friday night in high school boys basketball, and here are the results from our top 25 boys hoops rankings, as well as the schedule for Saturday night.Here is the Saturday schedule: NEO HS Stafflast_img

Former champ Uchiyama awaits return to ring on New Year’s Eve

first_img Ex-WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama poses for a photo holding a picture of Jazreel Corrales, his Dec. 31 opponent, during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. | KAZ NAGATSUKA Ryoichi Taguchi (left) and Takashi Uchiyama are scheduled to fight on New Year’s Eve at Oita City General Gymnasium. | KYODO Takashi Uchiyama, Ryoichi Taguchi, Watanabe Gym, Jezreel Corrales, Carlos Canizales, Hitoshi Watanabe KEYWORDS When he took a defeat against ferocious challenger Jezreel Corrales in April, Takashi Uchiyama lost multiple things at once, not just the WBA super featherweight belt.It marked the first “L” for Uchiyama in his professional career, and his consecutive world title defenses was snapped (at 11, two shy of Yoko Gushiken’s Japanese record). RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES But now Uchiyama, 36, actually feels relieved, because he doesn’t have to think of different burdens he’s shouldered any more but focus on just one thing: to avenge the man who humiliated him.Uchiyama’s Watanabe Gym announced on Friday that the ex-champ would challenge Corrales while his gym mate and WBA light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi would take on Venezuela’s Carlos Canizales on New Year’s Eve at Ota City General Gymnasium.In their previous fight, Corrales overwhelmed Uchiyama and knocked him out in the second round. Despite that one-sided contest, Uchiyama said that he doesn’t fear facing the 25-year-old Panamanian, because he knew he just fought in a wrong way.“I’m actually looking forward to how I’ll be able to repay him,” Uchiyama said at a Tokyo news conference. “I don’t think I was a little off guard, but I was overwhelmed by his momentum early and continued to fight at his pace. Next time, I will prepare firm strategies to get in the ring.”Uchiyama added that he doesn’t have a monkey on his back for the bout because he will fight as a challenger for the first time in a long time.“I’ll just do my best against him,” said Uchiyama, a career 24-1-1 fighter. “But I’m fighting against the same guy and I can’t afford to lose to him twice, and I should not let it show (to my fans).”He probably denies it himself, but people thought that a lack of motivation was another reason that factored into the April loss.Although he once was considered one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world, Uchiyama has always fought in Japan and expressed the hope of taking on a competitive opponent overseas, such as in Las Vegas. And his gym negotiated to make that happen for him, but it didn’t work out before he fought against Corrales, who was an unknown fighter, in Tokyo.“(My motivation) perhaps is as high as in my first world-title shot,” said Uchiyama, referring to a bout in January 2010, when he defeated Mexico’s Juan Carlos Salgado.Uchiyama, a native of Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, has hinted at the possibility of retirement, but is focused on preparation for his upcoming bout.Hitoshi Watanabe, the Watanabe Gym president, said: “Uchiyama’s had a chip on his shoulder in this past half a year. And we’ve got this match because the media and his fans wouldn’t be satisfied with a fight with others. Reflecting on (April’s fight), we would like to present a competitive Uchiyama.”Corrales has a 24-0-1 record as a pro.Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Taguchi, who’s defended his belt four times, will receive a genuine challenge from Canizales.Canizales, 23, has a 16-0 record (13 knockouts) as a pro, including a split-decision triumph over Colombia’s Roberto Barrera, who’s ranked No. 1 by the WBA in the weight class, to earn the WBA Latin America light flyweight title last year.Taguchi could have selected another opponent from some available options he was offered, but chose the strongest one.“I wanted to fight a tough opponent,” said Taguchi, a Tokyo native. “I don’t think I have been given enough credit, so I begged my gym president. I want to show that I’ve gotten even stronger and get the credit I deserve.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Absentee Ballots Shake-Up Results In Senate Seat O

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Seat District O primary-election results have left the Kenai Peninsula on the edge of their seats, and yesterday’s results from the Division of Elections was no different. The DOE released the updated totals for absentee and questioned ballots from last weeks primary election. On Tuesday, August 21, at the end of the primary election night Gillham had a slim 12 vote lead. Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche now leads challenger Ron Gillham in the Republican primary for Senate Seat District O. Preliminary reports show Micciche leads Gillham by 72 votes. Gillham: “Kind of a shock to see how much that turned, but I’m not giving up yet until the election is actually certified.” center_img Senator Micciche: “We are still keeping the champagne corked until the final count, and there will be some additional votes trickling in. From the beginning I’ve been kind of slow to publicly talk about this, because it’s not over until it’s over.” According to Gillham members of the community have requested that he move forward with a write-in campaign if the results stay the same when they are certified this weekend: “I’m being inundated with people wanting me to do a write-in, and that is something that has crossed my mind. I will make that decision once the certification is in.”  Absentee ballots could continue to trickle in until Friday when the state Division of Elections will release the certified totals.last_img read more

Cricket News Melbourne Deck In Focus – Sheffield Shield Game Suspended Indefinitely Due To Dangerous Pitch

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch is once again the scanner two years after it was sanctioned by the ICC. In the ongoing Sheffield Shield encounter between Victoria and Western Australia, some deliveries reared up awkwardly and hit the Western Australia batsmen. This forced the on-field umpires to have a lengthy discussion with Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb and the match was suspended indefinitely. According to a report in Cricket Australia, Matt Page, the head curator at the MCG was seen rolling the wicket and the umpires are scheduled to have an inspection in the near future.The sequence began when Peter Siddle was bowling to Western Australia skipper Marsh. Siddle bowled a short ball on leg stump and it climbed up awkwardly to hit Marsh on the side of the helmet. Siddle continued to get deliveries rear up from the wicket and Marcus Stoinis was the next to feel the brunt. Another short ball climbed up from the good length area and struck Stoinis on the gloves. The batsman dropped his bat and went to square leg as he tried to recover. However, things became even worse for Stoinis as Andrew Fekete got a ball to jag back in sharply from a length to hit the batsman on the rib cage area.After several deliveries hit the Western Australia batsmen, the umpires came together and made the decision. This development does not come as good news for the Melbourne Cricket Ground that is scheduled to hold the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand on December 26. In the 2017/18 Ashes contest against England, the MCG pitch was criticised for being lifeless and boring as the match was drawn.The ICC gave the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch a poor rating for the Ashes test, giving Cricket Australia two weeks to respond to the criticism before determining a sanction. Players and commentators criticised the lifeless drop-in pitch used for the Boxing Day test between Australia and England in Melbourne, and International Cricket Council match referee Ranjan Madugalle followed up in his official report to the sport’s governing body when he gave it a poor rating. It was the first Australian test venue to be rated with such a low rating. Under existing rules, the ICC sanction can range from an official warning to a fine.Also Read | He Just Told Me I Am An Idiot: Mitchell Marsh After Suffering Fracture Due To Dressing Room PunchBut under regulations set to come into effect on Thursday, pitches officially rated as poor or unfit will be given demerit points which could ultimately lead to suspensions. Under the new pitch monitoring system three demerit points would have been awarded to the MCG. According to the new regulations, reaching five across a rolling five-year period will result in a 12-month ban on hosting any international cricket.last_img read more

Smoother ride through DT La Follette this morning

first_imgTOP PHOTO:  Morning commuters will notice a smoother ride through Downtown La Follette on Friday morning. LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Next time you travel through Downtown La Follette, you’ll notice a smoother ride on and around the Central Avenue Bridge.Thursday evening, Rick Lawson, the construction foreman for Rogers Group, and his crew from Rogers Group started laying down the new pavement across the refurbished Central Avenue Bridge. Very early this morning, the new pavement and road striping was completed, making for a smooth ride Friday morning.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/26/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON) Paving took place on Thursday night on and around the Central Avenue Bridge.The pavement was milled Wednesday evening from 1st St to Indiana Ave getting it ready for the new pavement. Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more