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It’s the ninth and final chapter of an epic saga, but is it worth the watch in theaters? Our movie critic offers insight.

 

“Just think – in some other galaxy, people will actually go pay to throw axes indoors when they could just get lightsabers and fight people to their potential deaths!” Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) faces off against Rey (Daisy Ridley) in a scene from STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Credit: © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.  & ™. All rights reserved.

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Richard E. Grant, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid and Keri Russell with Billy D. WilliamsDIRECTOR(S): J.J. Abrams

 
THE BACK STORY: The ninth and final installment of arguably the greatest science fiction franchise in history, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finds Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and what’s left of The Resistance preparing to take a grand final strike against The First Order, now firmly in the grasp of its new supreme leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) a.k.a. Ben Solo (if you don’t know why, you’re probably NOT ready to see this movie and need to catch up to the previous episodes). After a series of revealing discoveries, the Resistance and the First Order are set to face an epic clash, Rey and Kylo Ren destined to be the ones who may determine the fate of the galaxy.

Then again, the presence of the previously thought to be deceased Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) may change both of their plans forever if he has his way.

THE REVIEW: You have four types of people when it comes to Star Wars: (1) The uninitiated/unconcerned, a.k.a. the people who have ever never seen a Star Wars movie, don’t care to see another Star Wars movie and/or don’t even know The Rise of Skywalker is here; (2) The relatively familiar – people who have seen one or two of the films, most likely the “original” three from the 1970s and 80s and are good with that; (3) the generally knowledgeable – they’ve seen all the films, but are not dedicated fans who can rattle of planet names or easter eggs from one film to the next; (4) the Comic Book Guys (or Girls). So named for The Simpsons-inspired character inspired in part by Star Wars-obsessive fans, they are protective of the franchise the way parents are a first-born child, love and hate different aspects of the series with the passion of a young Olympic boxer pursuing a gold medal and know so much Jedi/Sith trivia they would make Ken Jennings Jeopardy run look like child’s play.So, that all being said, as someone who falls into category 3 and knows plenty of people that fit into categories one, two and four, my spoiler free assessment of the last installment in the main Star Wars canon is this: Episode IX (nine for those who don’t remember their Roman numerals), while not perfect, contains enough positives to satisfy the people in the last two groups while perhaps making those in the first two groups curious enough to at least wonder what all the hype is about.

The previous Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, is a divisive issue among the hardcore fans as for as many people loved it, just as many seemingly did not – leading to it to serve as an “OK Boomer”-style case study in letting go of old things vs. embracing new possibilities. (You can read more about that here, here and here. Abrams has shared his thoughts on the matter extensively.) Whether that unconsciously (not likely) or consciously (most likely) played a factor in J.J. Abrams’ approach to the final installment may be up for debate, it won’t feel like it watching The Rise of Skywalker as the film tries to bridge a nostalgia gap for the old guard of fans while finishing the new work.

Here’s what most of you will care to know in regards to the actual quality of the film: The action sequences work well, Ridley proves herself capable of earning the massive responsibility her character is thrust into, Driver makes his character more than a Darth Vader clone and the classic elements of good vs. evil – complete with dad jokes aplenty courtesy of C-3PO. There are sky battles, ground battles, journeys across the galaxy to find missing pieces of information, character revelations, homages to the past … It’s a basic 2-and-a-half hour blowout of the things most fans have come to enjoy about the franchise.

Yes, it would be nice if Fisher hadn’t passed away before the filming finished (luckily for Abrams the cut footage from previous films fits in nicely). Likewise, some people may take issue with the incorporation of past characters into the film and their usage and the Palpatine situation may serve as the stuff of blogs and YouTube videos for many eons to come. Then again, when you’ve got over 40 years’ worth of cinematic history coming to an end, there is no way you’re going to satisfy everyone.

But, much like everyone’s favorite little green friend re-invented as a child on Disney+ once famously said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Thus, if you don’t embrace some change over the course of nine films, you’ve probably missed what Abrams and company have attempted to do: Deliver a fitting end to a story with plenty of history while giving it some fresh life along the way. After all, one must “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Keeping that sage-like wisdom will likely send most longstanding fans home happy from this galaxy to the next.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 
 

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While they’re known for artisanal wine curation, this local business is extending into the event space with the launch of Crush -- a new concept that will have you crushin’.

A Cincinnati-based concierge-style consulting service, Hart & Cru, is expanding into their latest evolution, Crush Events. Hart & Cru’s main focus is on bringing artisanal wines to avid drinkers through special events, wine tasting, cellar offerings, and wine classes. Hart & Cru was officially launched in 2015 by founder Kevin O. Hart after years of venturing and connecting within the world of wine. “The inspiration behind the company comes from Kevin’s love of telling stories, and belief that food and wine are central to building and sustaining communities, says Sarah Wilson, Hart & Cru’s Director of Client Relations and Logistics. “We champion incredible passion and talent of farmers and winemakers, giving them a voice in the wine world.”

Since curation and hospitality have been at the center of Hart & Cru’s philosophy since the beginning, on November 6, 2019, Crush was launched. Crush is an extension of the passion, wine curation and storytelling that serve as the foundation of Hart & Cru into your event experience. “Whether you are hosting a private dinner party or a large-scale event this style of hospitality, where attention is paid to every detail in the décor, the wine, and the food, is what inspired us to launch a new event planning service,” says Wilson. 

The term Crush goes deeper than just a name, it is also a vital part in the winemaking process. After the harvest, “Crushing” occurs during the “pressing” of the grapes to allow the juice to flow and the winemakers to officially experience the fruit of their labors.

The process of planning an event with Crush has 4 simple steps that are outlined on their website:

Introduction: An email, quick call, or a cup of coffee or wine with Crush’s team to gain a sense of the client’s vision. “Through the years, we have helped to host many events, large and small, and not one has been the same as the other – the evening should be catered to both the host and the guests’ unique experience,” says Wilson.

Inspiration: Ideas are shared for the experience, everything from design to proposed vendors to drink of choice.

Details: Approve budget and guest list to plan the logistics.

Event: Time to enjoy and become a guest at your own party!

Since they Crush is a new launch, the events are focused around only wine and food and the team is small-scale in size, but mighty in impact – seeing as they have support of several Cincinnati partners in the community and years of experience under their belt. Businesses and restaurants such as Dutch’s, Boca, Sotto, and The Budding Florist, just to name a few, work together with Crush to create a top-tier experience for clients and guests. As far as the future is concerned, Crush hopes to expand to larger events incorporating many elements, such as design, décor, and entertainment, on top of the best in class food and beverage and continue to make a positive impact in the Cincinnati community.

For more information or to contact them to plan your next event, visit Hart & Cru’s website or Crush’s website. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Read about a local esthetician who specializes in microblading and powder/ombre eyebrow services.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about EverLily Beauty!
Tavissa Granger, Owner of EverLily Beauty: EverLily Beauty currently offers microblading and powder/ombre eyebrow services.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
Granger: I’ve always had a passion for beauty and art. With a nursing background, I felt I could marry the two and provide excellent services to my clients. When I learned about permanent makeup for eyebrows, I thought this was an amazing procedure because I’ve always had to fill-in my brows with pencil or powder. Not only is it time consuming, but if you live an active lifestyle, makeup can be wiped away easily. Plus, beautiful eyebrows can really balance out your face. That can all be achieved with microblading or powder brows.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind EverLily Beauty?
Granger: My name is Tavissa Granger. I have been a registered nurse since 2015. I have worked bedside for several years but felt like creativity was missing in my life. I also felt like I could add a lot of value to my clients because of my nursing background. That’s when I decided to pursue permanent makeup. 

Cincy Chic: What beauty services do you offer clients?
Granger: At this time, I offer microblading and powder/ombré brows, but hope to expand my services in the new year.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find EverLily Beauty?
Granger: I’m located in West Chester!

Cincy Chic: What makes EverLily unique?
Granger: With my nursing background I really emphasize education. I want my clients to be able to make the most informed decisions they can regarding treatments and procedures. I want them to love their results, and that’s achieved by educating them on why one procedure may be more ideal for them than another.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
Granger: My goal is to add microneedling and possibly botox and filler in the New Year.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Granger: You can visit us at http://www.everlilybeauty.com. 

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Our life coach columnist explains the key steps to wrapping up the year and starting the next decade as your best one yet.

Holy wow can you believe we are closing in on the end of a year and decade.  How fast time goes especially as you age.  What will the NEW decade offer you? Have you found time to reflect on the last decade? Do you find you are still striving to be, have, and do all those things you said you’d do last year?

You are not alone.  We all find ourselves trying to create our lives to the fullest and yet time slips away, situations and circumstances come up, or we just don’t feel good about doing anything.

That’s what I have been seeing a lot with my clients and I created a Masterclass around this topic.  After some deep thought and consideration, I felt VISUALIZATION was where it all begins.  Seeing is believe and that’s were our thoughts become our reality.

Many have used vision boards to create their next best self and life. Vision boards are great IF you know how to create them effectively and use them correctly.  Yes, there is a right way.

Two things with a vision board is the frequency you are on at the time you create the board and the action steps you’ll take following the creation.
Vision boards are not pasting a picture on a board and bam that will be coming to me next week — or next day if it’s Amazon Prime. You may want to believe that that’s how vision boards work and when you don’t get the results you call BS and don’t attempt it again.

What if the vision board you created was beginning to bring into your life something you desired and had on the board but needed more time to really get what you want? Like planting a seed in the ground and digging it up just before it burst through the soil.  Patients and believing is where the magic ignite the outcome to what you desire or something better.

Seems so simple and yet so hard.  If you’d like to learn more about visualization and vision boarding before the new year, join me on the Facebook Live training on my business page Monday, December 16 at 3 PM/EST – findyourowndrive.com/masterclass

Creating your life by design is so much fun when you can tap into the tools, tips and tricks that ignite the magic.  Looking forward to supporting you on your journey to leveling up your life in 2020! See you soon.

 
 
 
 

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It’s a portrait of an African American family in turmoil that comes to vivid life with what our critic says is a stellar cast. Worth the watch? Read on for more.

 

“Now … Remember – this is a movie, not This is Us, so we won’t have commercial breaks!” Tyler (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.), Emily (Taylor Russell), Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) and Catharine (Renée Elise Goldberry) share a moment in a scene from WAVES. Credit: © 2019 A24 Films. All rights reserved.
 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges, Renée Elise Goldberry and Alexa Demie

DIRECTOR(S): Trey Edward Shults 

 

THE BACK STORY: Tyler Williams (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a talented high school wrestler who has a lot going for him. Sure, his father Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) pushes him hard, but he’s got great support in the form of his stepmother (Renée Elise Goldberry), his sister Emily (Taylor Russell) and the “goddess” in his cell phone, a.k.a. his girlfriend Alexis (Alexa Demie).

Then, over the course of one night, his life changes forever – and so does the life of everyone close to him.

Their lives now turned completely upside down, the Williams family finds themselves struggling to recover in the wake of tragedy. But when Emily meets a shy classmate in the form of Luke (Lucas Hedges), she discovers she may hold the key to healing her family so that they can once again be whole. 

THE REVIEW: Finding the beauty of life and love out of tragedy and heartbreak … If there is one thing that you will take away from watching Waves – which honestly should be a nominee for Best Picture for all the reasons that past Academy Award-winner Crash shouldn’t have been – it should be this sentiment. For in crafting a tale full of promise, then self-destruction, then heartbreak and a resurrection of a chance of hope, writer/director Trey Edward Shults and his cast have created what may be the best film of 2019.Waves features a very simple story – to say more would be to give away too much – that would NOT simple to process in real life. As the domineering but well-meaning Ronald, Sterling K. Brown gives a powerhouse performance that serves almost like a “Hey – don’t forget me in the conversation of great African-American male actors” announcement, showing the type of sensitivity rarely seen in a lead black males role. It is the performances of and interaction between Russell’s Emily and Hedges’ Luke, however, that steals the show, rounding out Waves’ set of emotional exploration with grace, aplomb and wisdom beyond their years. Both show a level of talent and skill that drives their story arc home in a way people of all ages, races and orientations will likely admire and aspire to have in their own existence. There are some very hard moments to watch of self-destruction, turbulence and turmoil, followed by some extremely gentle, heartfelt and warm moments that may bring a tear of happiness as much as the others do out of sadness.

The performances truly bring out the radiance of the story of Waves, one in which you are fully immersed in the characters’ respective worlds. Shults’ nuanced work behind the lens makes the characters’ world come alive, in turn making their respective heartbreaks and outcomes all the more intense and more importantly, authentic and relatable. Watching one character’s self-destructive path give birth to the awakening of another’s could come off extremely clumsy or clichéd in the wrong hands; fortunately for Shults and company, their commitment to the tale makes everything work in grand fashion. Whether you are a parent, a confused adolescent trying to figure out the world, someone trying to overcome grief, a person holding on to a past tragic experience, Waves offers something most movies do not – therapy and hope – that may serve to help as much as it does entertain.

Yes, the story is compelling in and of itself, but it also looks to explore healing and what that may look like for many different people. Despite a predominantly African American cast, race is not the focus of the story as much as our general humanity is. That in turn may actually help in showcasing African-Americans in a way they are rarely shown in mainstream media, a fresh breath of air that explores the “we’re all human” notion without being blatant, over-the-top or fool-hearty (hence the earlier Crash reference). With apologies to Brown, one might consider it a long episode of This is Us that doesn’t explore the past or present as much as it does look towards the future.

In short, Waves should make waves upon its national release this week because in a world – pardon the terrible wordplay – full of storms, the film serves as an oasis all should experience.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 

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Making cocktails easy and smoothies even healthier, one local woman’s creation is creating quite a stir. Read on for all the delicious details.

It’s an all natural, frozen botanical mixer, locally-made to easily shake up any cocktail or make smoothies even tastier.

Mixicles — a concept created by co-founder Jen Morales — are an all-natural, frozen, non-alcoholic botanical mixer that can be popped into any cocktail or sparkling wine, and even used as a natural foundation for distinctive zero-proof drinks and smoothies. 

The idea came to Morales the summer of 2018 when she wanted to make some cocktails for some friends, but quickly realized how cumbersome the concoctions were to make.

“I wanted to come up with a way to make cocktails as easy as pouring a glass of wine, without compromising flavor or freshness. Traditional cocktail mixers last longer, but they are full of syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors,” says Morales. “The ingredients in Mixicles are 100% natural and frozen immediately, so you get the pure taste of flavor of the botanicals perfectly preserved in your drink and can sit in your freezer for up to a year.” 

Mixicles are vegan, dairy free and naturally low in sugar and calories and less than 25 calories a cube. Currently, the mixicles are being crafted in small batches at Findlay Kitchen, the non-profit business incubator located in the heart of Findlay Market. They are sold directly to consumers, restaurants, special events, and soon, Findlay Market. 

Picky about flavors? No problem! Mixicles come in 12 different flavors, as well as seasonal and limited-edition flavors. Collaborations with customers to create custom cubes for weddings and special occasions are also available. The cubes have been spotted at Cincinnati events such as Ombre Gallery, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and openings hosted by Miller Gallery in Hyde Park. 

As far as the future is concerned, Morales has big dreams. “We are currently focused on bringing Mixicles to retail outlets in the Greater Cincinnati area, and then expanding from there. We are always exploring opportunities for growing our customer base, including in the service industry, but believe that our core business will be in retail for home use,” says Morales. 

Mixicles come in a 12-cube package with an MSRP for $14.99. For special event and larger orders, Morales says wholesale pricing is an option. For more information, visit their website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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A locally-loved, trendy children’s clothing store just moved from Kenwood to OTR. Keep reading to learn more.

 
 
Cincy Chic: What is Hutch Baby?
Alexus Hight, Owner of Hutch Baby: Hutch Baby is a children’s clothing store that features hand-picked brands that offer sustainably sourced clothing ranging in size from newborn to youth 14-16. Hutch Baby also carries infant accessories and natural skincare products for babies and children.
 
Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new location in Over-the-Rhine!
Hight: Hutch Baby got its start in the Kenwood Towne Centre back in 2014. We then moved into a temporary space at 1432 Elm Street before finding our permanent home at 1209 Vine Street. 
 
Cincy Chic: When does the new location open?
Hight: Our permanent space opened on November 29, Black Friday, where we celebrated with lots of discounts.
 
Cincy Chic: What makes Hutch Baby unique?
Hight: Our new space features a play area for children in the back, which keeps them entertained while parents shop. We also have a lactation room for mothers so they can pump breast milk or nurse in privacy and comfort. We want customers to have a personal, interactive experience, and we want to help our customers out as parents. We’re watching the kids grow as we grow as a business.
 
Cincy Chic: When can readers stop by and visit the store?
Hight: Hutch Baby’s regular hours are 11am to 7 pm Tuesday through Saturday. 
 
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Hight: Visit our website at https://www.hutchbaby.com. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram.
 

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While they’re magical for many, the holidays don’t always bring comfort and joy. Our life coach columnist offers five tips to help you over holiday hurdles.

Are you in the super excited celebration mode, ready to party like it’s 1999? Or perhaps you’re more of a bah-humbug kind of person, consumed with anxiety and stress this time of year?

The holidays are here, ready or not! And everywhere you look, there is the feeling of magic twinkling in the air. Decorative lights, illuminated trees and the hustle and bustle has begun! The excitement has us believing in the magic and childlike excitement for what’s next as we near the celebration of Christmas and the New Year 2020. 

And yet, for many, you may find this time of year to be challenging.  It brings on the sorrow of lost loved ones, the fear of not accomplishing enough in life and business as another year comes to a close, and sometimes, a general unsettled feeling of not being enough, as the pressure to have a perfect holiday season sets in. 

With all these complex emotions as an undercurrent running through you, you might discover that your best go-to survival tactic is to bottle up anything that makes you feel uncomfortable and put on a smiling face around others.  After all, you don’t want to acknowledge your feelings and emotions around those who seem to have it all together.

I am all too familiar with this feeling and navigating the emotions can be challenging.  You feel like crawling into bed and pulling the covers over your head until the ball drops at midnight. And if that feels good for you to do, then do that!

For myself, and others I’ve worked with, here’s what I find helpful:

  • Be okay with your feelings.
  • Go to places that bring YOU joy.  
  • Read a book or watch a movie that offers laughter and comfort.  
  • Make dates with your closest friends and talk about something other than the holidays.  
  • Schedule a time for some pampering and self-care (my favorite).  

Don’t be so focused on making everything special for everyone else that you forget to get your own needs met. Take the time you need and if you feel you need additional support to shift the bah-humbug into cheer let’s connect. ‘Tis the season to by jolly and my wish is this message resonates with you and today is the tipping point into seeing how you can navigate this time of year with ease. Sending love and light this holiday season.

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It’s a compelling drama from familiar subject matter, but is it compelling enough to see in theaters? Our movie critic offers insight.

 

“C’mon – I think I see the dude that convinced me to do Draft Day is right over there!” Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) and Frankie Burns (Siena Miller) rush in pursuit of two wanted suspects in a scene from director Brian Kirk’s 21 BRIDGES. Credit: Matt Kennedy / Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing. All rights reserved.
 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Chadwick Boseman, Stephan James, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Siddig, Morocco Omari and J.K. Simmons

DIRECTOR(S): Brian Kirk

THE BACK STORY: Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) is a detective in New York City. He had to be. It’s in his DNA, or at least that’s how he puts it. And given that his father was murdered on duty by three men – one of whom lived – his dedication to bringing criminals to justice rivals that of D.C. Comics’ biggest crimefighter Bruce Wayne. But while Batman may keep watch over a fictional Gotham, Andre is entrenched deep in New York City, which is why Internal Affairs is looking into his latest episode where he added to his growing body count of alleged criminals. 

Ray Jackson (Taylor Kitsch) and his partner Michael (Stephan James) don’t know Davis, but they soon will. For when it turns out the heist they’re involved in features 300 kilos of cocaine and not the 30 they were expecting, something seems off. Throw in an ensuing gun battle with a group of police officers who just so happen to show to the restaurant they’re robbing as if they were supposed to be there and Ray and Michael know something is wrong.

Arriving to the aftermath, Andre finds himself paired up with another detective, Frankie Burns (Sienna Miller) and a police captain in McKenna (J.K. Simmons) who want revenge moreso than justice for what has transpired. Quickly surmising the situation, Andre realizes the perpetrators have to still be in the city – which is why he orders all 21 bridges leading out of Manhattan closed. But the clock is ticking on Andre and Frankie … So there is no time to waste if they are going to catch the men responsible for what has happened.

THE REVIEW: While he has had plenty of roles in his acting career, Boseman has essentially become known for playing two kinds of people: Famous dead black people (Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall) and a certain costumed superhero from a fictional African country that helps save the world.

21 Bridges showcases the depth of his talent – along with that of co-star James – to deliver an entertaining film despite having a very all-too-familiar style story with which to work.

Cops, robbers and conspiracy/cover tales are nearly as old as movies themselves; 21 Bridges doesn’t really do anything dynamic in regards to telling this type of tale (you can probably figure out most of what’s happening an hour or so into the film). What director Brian Kirk does do, however, is wisely present a stage where (1) the action sequences don’t feel forced and instead intense; (2) let Boseman take center stage and allow him to deliver a performance that is gripping enough to keep you interested as he breaks down scenarios and (3) trusts his actors, particularly Kitsch and James, to make their characters motivations, emotions and decisions relatable. Whereas last month’s Black and Blue dealt more with the issue of the thin blue line and which side of it African-Americans (both as police and possible perpetrators) fall on it, 21 Bridges is a standard tale of good vs. evil.

Whereas Boseman does a good job of playing the by-the-book-cop, he also does it enough style where it doesn’t feel so textbook that it lacks appeal. The same can be said for James, the co-star of the overlooked stellar 2018 release If Beale Street Could Talk. Giving his character a sense of humanity often lacking in shoot-em-up movies, watching Boseman and James play off each other adds to what would otherwise be another mash up of films that you’ve seen before.

Thus, while no one would – or should – expect 21 Bridges to do anything close to Black Panther business, it’s definitely worth seeing if you want to see Boseman flex his acting chops outside of spandex or a historical figure’s shadow.

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Need meditation or a cleared headspace? Check out Cincinnati’s unique Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer and Meditation Teacher who is making an impact.

If you are looking to find your inner light or taking a step back and relaxing through meditation, Moira Shine Free could be the perfect place. For the past 20 years, founder Moira Reed has been meditating, receiving energy healing and teaching the Cincinnati community in her unique practices. 

Moira Shine Free entails individual healing sessions, group meditation classes and intuition classes, all taught by Reed, a Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer and Meditation Teacher. 

When it comes to finding inspiration, Reed discovers it through motivating others. “The inspiration behind my brand is encouraging everyone to shine their own light. I believe we all came to this earth with our own unique qualities and I believe this world needs us to share them,” says Reed. “I want everyone to be confident in themselves and proud of who they are; this is why I stand by the manta of ‘Shine in your own way and shine free.’”

Meditation is not simply sitting in silence; it is an art form, Reed explains. If performed just right, mindsets can be shifted, and lives can change, she adds.

“The Life Force Energy that is inside all of us can be blocked by pain, trauma and false beliefs. When you receive Reiki, an ancient Japanese healing modality, you clear and remove blockages from your energetic body. When we meditate, the Life Force Energy naturally allows our moods and lives to flow more smoothly,” Reed explains.

Within Moira Shine Free, the healings offered can be found one-on-one, in a corporate setting or in a class setting. The Corporate Meditation Package that spans over 15 consecutive working days and on-campus visits to schools to speak about the importance of mediation are also available. 

Moira Shine Free also has a studio that offers hour-long Intuitive Healing and Reiki sessions, group-oriented meditation classes, and sessions with Moira to learn how to open up one’s intuition.

In the future, Reed sees nothing but expansion and growth. “I am constantly learning and helping others grow to becoming more self-aware in terms of their energy,” she says. “I would like to participate in more speaking engagements to discuss the importance and beauty of our inner energy, specifically to an audience suffering with anxiety and depression, as well as children.”

The studio is located in Cincinnati at 5912 Kellogg Avenue, Suite 2. 

For more information, call 513-235-1435 or visit Moira Shine Free’s website. You can also follow Moira on Instagram and Facebook.