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C2 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, September 5, 2013 Entertainment PICKS OF THE WEEK "Star Trek: Into Dark- ness" (PG-13) -- Captain James. T. Kirk (Chris Pines) and Spock (Zach- ery Quinto) are called back into action when a new threat cripples Starfleet. John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a mysterious terror- ist with an icy gaze and wicked intelligence. This installment falls right in line with the 2009 reboot piloted by J.J. Abrams -- classic "Star Trek" themes infused with flashy action sequences and an attrac- tive cast. As the opening blast to this summer's barrage of blockbusters, "Into Darkness" contains many exploding bits. Between the exploding bits are mushy emotional bits, as well as blustery arguing bits (Spock is still going on about that logic stuff.) Die-hard fans and cine- philes might take issue with film's formulaic nature. Ultimately, it's not a bad idea to go into the darkness for a few thrills. "War Witch" (NR) -- When rebels attack her village, 12-year- old Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is kidnapped and forced into the life of a'child soldier. She is given a gun, and all of the other 'children kidnapped that day are told that their rifles are their new moth- ers and fathers. After Rachel Mwanza in 'War Witch" Komona is left as the sole that seemingly melt away survivor of a government in moments. ambush, the rebel leaders decide she is witch, and "Peeples" (PG-13) -- a powerful asset to their Wade (Craig Robinson) army. wants to propose to Grace This film was shot on (Kerry Washington), but location intheDemocratic first he has to impress Republic of the Congo, her quirky family at their where writer/directorwholesome home. While Kim Nguyen did exten-this is standard"Meet the sive research, speaking Parents"-style comedy, with local families and it has two differentiat- former child soldiers. The ing factors. First, Craig movie handles its subjects Robinson is very funny with genuine empathy and and very likable. Second, sensitivity. The lead roles the harder this movie tries are played by non-actors, to be funny, the more it who bring even more sub- hurts. (Oh, my goodness! stance and reality to story. The family dog is hump- This is one of those films ing his leg! Such laugh- that will stick with you ter.) While it may have the long after it's over.Tyler Perry branding all around it, this film comes "Chasing Ice" (PG-13)from writer/direct0r Tina -- This documentary fol- Gordon Chism (writer on lows National Geographic "Drumline.") photographer James Balog on his quest to gather TV RELEASES footage of vanishing ice. "The Big Bang Theory: The nature photographer The Complete Sixth makes trips to the farSeason" reaches of frozen climates "Homeland: The Com- with other naturalists and plete Second Season" adventurers. The purpose "Castle: The Complete is to set up cameras and Fifth Season" gear to get compelling"Supernatural: evidence proving the The Complete Eighth effects of climate change. Season" The result is a stunning "BlueBloods: The Third series of time-lapse foot- Season" age -- showing glaciers, ice flows and mountains (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. slated 21 at Botanic at By Trisha Gedon For a dozen years now, GardenFest at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University has offered gar- dening enthusiasts a place to come to learn more and share gardening experiences. This year is no exception. Slated Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the theme for the 12th Annual GardenFest is "Art in the Garden" and feature a variety of ways to combine art with horticul- ture. In addition, there will be numerous demonstra- tions and vendors at this year's event. Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at The Botanic Garden at OSU, said the milder-than-normal summer temperatures have been ben- eficial in making the garden look its best. "We're very excited to have the gardening enthusi- asts come out for GardenFest and enjoy the demonstrations and vendors," Payne said. "We're going to have a bonsai demonstration which should be a lot of fun. And because gardening tools are very important to the suc- cess of a garden, we're also going to feature a garden tool sharpening demonstration. Gardening goes much more smoothly when your tools are in proper working order." Specialists from OSU will be on hand to present information about landscape design and pruning basics. This year's demonstrations Hill include how to manage water drainage issues in the landscape, as well as glass bead making and water color painting. Kim Toscano, host of Okla- homa Gardening, the longest running how-to gardening program in the nation, will be giving ornamental plant tours. Oklahoma Gardening airs on OETA. "Last year was the first year we really tried to make GardenFest more of a festi- val by bringing in vendors along with our demonstra- tions," Payne said. "This was very successful and our garden patrons enjoyed the new addition to GardenFest. We're excited Caf6 Bella Hill be on hand as a food vendor, and Bill Miller will showcase his Pistol Pete art." Payne said anyone inter- ested in being a vendor at this year's GardenFest simply should contact her at 405-744-4531 or email at laura.payne@okstate.edu. The Botanic Garden at OSU is located at 3300 West 6th Ave. in Stillwater. Events are free; however donations are encouraged to help support this educational program. For more information visit The Botanic Garden at OSU website at www.botanicgar den.okstate.edu, or contact Stephanie Latimer at 405- 744-5404. GardenFest features Art in the Garden" and is slated Sept. 21 at The Botanic Garden at OSU. 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