Monthly Archives: October 2013

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases 10/29/13

  Note: To order any of the following films, click on the poster. Monsters University is notable for one thing; it may be the fourteenth film in Pixar’s animated catalogue but it’s surprisingly the first sequel.  This is where Mike and Sulley first met, at university.  At first they’re rivals but as the story develops, […]

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All Shook Up – Theatre Review, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

  This was a great weekend for live theatre in the valley.  New shows began and current productions flourished.  Adding to that roster was the opening of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s lively new production of the Elvis Presley jukebox musical, All Shook Up, a show that enjoyed only a short run on Broadway in 2005 but after […]

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A Steady Rain – Theatre Review, Actors Theatre, Phoenix

  This has been a tough year for Actors Theatre.  As explained in a message from Producing Artistic Director, Matthew Wiener, the theatre has been on ‘pause’ for several months.  But now, after much restructuring and a certain amount of introspection and change, that pause is released and the play is the thing, and it […]

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The Counselor – Film Review

  Films based on the novels of Cormac McCarthy such as The Road and No Country for Old Men are bleak affairs; uninviting landscapes populated by desperate characters embroiled in situations of their creation but now beyond their control.  If any of McCarthy’s characters have one thing in common it’s the need to survive and […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases 10/22/13

  Note: To order or purchase any of the films, click on the poster. Just ahead of Halloween, what works in The Conjuring – and yes, this film really does hit the mark – is that all special effects are kept to a minimum.  What we have here are old fashioned creaky doors, objects that […]

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The Princess and the Pea – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

  After a successful 2013/14 opener on the larger Herberger arena with its musical production of Suessical, Valley Youth Theatre continues its season back across town in its own, smaller location on North First Street with the delightful comedy The Princess and the Pea. The story is the traditional telling of the prince who wants […]

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