Monthly Archives: October 2012

Alex Cross – Film Review

For mainstream audiences, Tyler Perry’s amazing success as a writer, producer, director and actor exits in a parallel cinematic world.  When a film comes from the Perry factory he never allows screenings for reviewers.  As a result, it’s Perry’s direct fan club that see his films, and that’s it.  Regular movie-goers are generally unaware. In […]

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The Paperboy – Film Review

The Paperboy is going to shock even if you think you’re prepared. Based on a novel by Pete Dexter, the story revolves around the murder of a corrupt sheriff.  We’re in the steamy bayou of South Florida, it’s 1969 and the heat feels oppressive.  An objectionable low-life called Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) is in […]

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The First Time – Film Review

Considering this is the teenage version of boy-meet-girl, the title can be taken three ways: it can refer to the first time they meet, the first time they fall in love, or the first time they have sex.  Either way, as pleasant as the two characters in question may be, the film feels nothing more […]

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Wuthering Heights – Film Review

While watching this new version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel of nineteenth century England, Wuthering Heights, the first thought that ran through my mind was, I wonder what Emily Bronte would think?  Looking at on-line comments in chat rooms discussing the film I already know what purists of the novel think, and they’re not altogether […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (10/16/12)

This week’s new DVD and Blu-Ray releases include a horror for Halloween, a collection for Christmas, a Disney classic musical and the third in the series of a surprisingly highly popular animated feature from Dreamworks. The success of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was a surprise to many, including industry insiders.  It was the first […]

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Next To Normal – Theatre Review – Arizona Theatre Company, The Herberger Theatre, Phoenix

What began as a ten minute piece called Feeling Electric, a short sketch about the effects of electroshock therapy on a woman and her family, went on to eventually develop into a full-blown Broadway rock musical drama.  The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, not to mention the three Tonys it won in […]

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