Monthly Archives: November 2012

Killing Them Softly – Film Review

For the first twenty minutes of Killing Them Softly, the new gangland drama starring Brad Pitt, you might be mistaken for thinking that director Andrew Dominik has made the American equivalent of Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  Once you get passed the fragmented opening credits – the cuts of sight and sound […]

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Hitchcock – Film Review

After seeing the Sacha Gervasi drama called simply Hitchcock there’s little chance that you will leave the theatre knowing anything more about the infamous Hollywood film director from England than you did going in, but you will still have had a great time being in his company for a couple of hours, all the same. […]

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Life of Pi – Film Review

The story of young Pi Patel and his long voyage across the ocean, adrift in a lifeboat with nothing but a ferocious Bengal tiger for company is the stuff of cinematic dreams.  “The tiger is not your friend,” Pi’s father tells the boy in an earlier scene.  Pi will soon learn the wisdom of his […]

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Silver Linings Playbook – Film Review

The first fifteen minutes of director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is so manic with its overlapping speech and its continual feel of chaos you fear the worst.  Then, like all good movies, something happens and before you know it you find yourself pulled in to the film’s uneven rhythm and even embracing its […]

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Anna Karenina – Film Review

Director Joe Wright appears to have taken Shakespeare’s quote from As You Like It quite literally: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” In his new film, an audacious new presentation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, director Wright stages most of his scenes inside a decaying, old theatre with just […]

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Lombardi – Theatre Review – Arizona Theatre Company – Herberger Theatre Center

One of the hurdles that some audience members may need to climb when watching Lombardi,  Arizona Theatre Company’s new production which opened this past weekend at Herberger Theatre Center, is this: Can great sports achievements and a desire to win games at all costs, no matter how personal, be a rewarding experience in the theatre?  While […]

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