Lavine is a features and health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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Gary Lindberg is nearing the end of a long-awaited project. His home build was five years in the making, and now, he and his wife are in the final stages: the yard. "The landscape piece is always the last piece of the puzzle," he said. Their focus was a narrow slice of land, where they wanted to add more privacy in an aesthetically pleasing way. "We have neighbors very close on both sides," he added.
"The Meg" is big cast, big budget, big fish, pitting action star Jason Statham against a 70-foot megalodon. Since 1975's "Jaws," there's been a steady stream of lethal fish films, such as "The Shallows," "Open Water," even those jumping the shark with "Sharknado." "The Meg" takes the premise of a fish with a vendetta, and super-sizes it.
Rarely do films about an ex-con acclimating to life look like this, but writer/director Lynn Shelton's "Outside In" has captured a tenderness that feels like an anomaly today. Chris (Jay Duplass) emerges from prison after a 20-year stint with the help of his former high school teacher Carol (Edie Falco). There's energy there, and Shelton takes her time unearthing their connection, a move that manages to highlight your own predilection for prejudgment. (Sincerely, bravo.)
Taking care of over 1,000 types of hostas is a two-woman job. It's "1,010, to be exact," said Dolores "Rosie" McCreedy. She and her daughter Dee Strellner maintain Rosie's Garden in Esko, more than 1½ acres of trees, irises, daisies and hostas, hostas, hostas.
Spike Lee made waves portraying bigotry and violence in 1989's "Do the Right Thing." He's made scads of films since, "Inside Man," "Malcolm X," "When the Levees Broke." The latest is an unmistakably potent addition to Lee's oeuvre.
Music blared in the basement of The River Church as children boogied on the rug/dance floor. Cellie Dudley hugged and greeted each by name. On a Sunday morning in June, the children's pastor waved her arms and sang with her attendees until it was time to start. It took a minute for the kiddos to take their chairs, and Dudley snagged their attention with: "If you can hear me, bark like a duck."
One, two, three, that's how many times the von Goertzes rebuilt their deck. Among the reasons: a Lake Superior view sullied by wooden slats and an unattractively long staircase. The third time's the charm, though, for the Knife River couple. Step out of the sliding glass door, and your eye's drawn to the water. There's cushioned patio furniture, and a couple of stairs leading to the next level of the two-tiered, cedar deck.
Filmmaker Nanfu Wang spent almost a month eating from trash cans and living on the streets in documentary "I Am Another You," where she follows Dylan, a charismatic, homeless man. Through her travels with Dylan and in interviews with his family, Wang is honest and daring. Some documentarians include themselves on camera; some opt to focus on their subjects. Here, Wang's voice is a key narrative element.
It has deep roots, this spy concept spanning 22 years, a TV show, an uncanny theme song. The latest in the action franchise, "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" hit screens last week. You naturally wonder: Is this the last one? How are the stunts holding up? How does it compare?
Marilyn Kruse wouldn't leave the doctor's office without a hug. She's been seeing Essentia Health ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Skorich for "a lot of years," and it was the last time they'd see each other, for a while at least. Skorich's last day as a full-time physician is Wednesday, and he'll be missed, she said last week. Kruse had vision loss in her right eye as a side effect of pseudoexfoliation syndrome, a disease manifesting as the accumulation of fibers in the eye. After Skorich operated, Kruse can now see 20/40, she said.