A stand-up gal: ‘Obvious Child’ mixes emotion and humor to make a rom-com worth watching

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF The most controversial thing about Obvious Child is how uncontroversial it is. The new comedy by first-time director Gillian Robespierre stars Jenny Slate as Donna, a struggling Brooklyn standup comic, who, after a boozy one-night stand, discovers she’s pregnant and decides to get an abortion. That wasn’t a spoiler. While the…

Daily Clicks — May 26, 2014

• Wait, you mean jackalopes aren’t real?! Damn you, Dave Coulier! (wired.com) • If this past weekend’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Past left you scratching your head, here’s a detailed history of the classic 1981 comic book story on which the film is based. Spoiler alert: It’s way better than the movie. (vulture.com) • $2 bills are are…

Meanwhile, in Rutland… A pop-culture inventory of Vermont’s most astonishing city

By JIM SABATASO | WRITER [A version of this story appeared in the May 14, 2014, edition of the Rutland Reader] Rutland, Vermont! — A sleepy town with a proud history. Once home to the trains of industry and deep quarries of fortune, it’s hills and valleys are still a paradise for adventure seekers and…

Season Recap: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a test for true believers

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF Editor’s note: This review contains major spoilers for both Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just wrapped its first clunky, wildly uneven season last night with a strong finale that sets up a number of interesting stories for season two. While much of this…