Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Film Review

  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire benefits from a change of rules.  In the first, teenagers were paired against teenagers in a fight to the death, an appalling notion considering that the target audience was also teenagers, so in order to present the battles, or the games, the scenes were shot with a queasy hand-held […]

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Nebraska – Film Review

  Ever received one of those sweepstake scams in the mail inviting you to subscribe to all kinds of magazines while giving you the impression you’ve won a million dollars?  Everyone has, and so has elderly and somewhat cantankerous Woody Grant (Bruce Dern).  Only unlike most of us who hurl the invitation, along with the […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Christmas Movie Classics: 1 of 5

  Each week from now up until Christmas we’ll take a look at some Christmas films that for one reason or another are considered seasonal classics, regardless of age.  We start this week with a film that truly is a classic: It’s a Wonderful Life   The one thing that surprises most who have enjoyed […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases 11/19/13

  Note: To order any of the following films click on the poster. In We’re the Millers David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) owes money to his drug dealer (Ed Helms) who offers David a job.  Somehow he is to smuggle a large amount of pot out of Mexico and get it pass customs into the United […]

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The Mountaintop – Theatre Review, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

  The setting is real, the content, imagined. In The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall depicts a fictional conversation between the Reverend Martin Luther King and the maid who brings him late night room service.  It’s room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where a single room is ten dollars and a double, just twelve.  […]

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The Book Thief – Film Review

  If you’re familiar with the outstanding novel The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak then you already know how rich and complex both the characters and the situations are in this tale of a young German girl’s bond with her foster parents during World War 2.  The fear of enjoying a book so […]

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