Monthly Archives: August 2013

Instructions Not Included – Film Review

  There’s a good chance that most reading this column will never have heard of the writer/director and star of the new Spanish speaking comedy Instructions Not Included, Eugenio Derbez, and with good reason.  He’s a Mexican television actor who is arguably the most famous comedian in Latin America.  South of the border, he is […]

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Short Term 12 – Film Review

  The title Short Term 12 refers to the juvenile care facility where young, twenty-something Grace (Brie Larson) works as a supervisor for at-risk teenagers. “You’re not the parent, you’re not their therapist,” Grace tells Nate (Rami Malek), the newbie on his first day.  “You’re here to make a safe environment.”  The teens at the […]

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Closed Cicuit – Film Review

  There is no major city in the western world more populated with closed circuit cameras than the city of London.  Real life villains of the past, now retired, have publicly stated how difficult it is to commit a crime on the streets of London without it being watched and recorded.  There’s also no governmental […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases 08/27/13

Note: To order any of the following films, click on the poster. If you were skeptical of the new Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby, a director not exactly known for displaying a sense of visual restraint, then his extravagant version of the now classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel may come as a surprise.  […]

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Rent – Theatre Review, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

  The beginning of a new season for any theatre group is an exciting time, but the beginning of the new season for Phoenix Theatre is particularly thrilling.  Not only does it coincide with the unveiling of an impressive new building complex, which you must see for yourself, but also the audacious project with which […]

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The World’s End – Film Review

  That great British institution of the Pub Crawl is a genuine cultural phenomenon.   Other countries may have the Bar Hop, but the Crawl is something quite different.  It has to be.  The way the British pubs are set up and located with their proximity to each other, the Crawl in its truest form is […]

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