Monthly Archives: January 2014

Labor Day – Film Review

For many, Labor Day is the saddest of all holidays.  It heralds the end of summer, it marks the beginning of school, and, as if right on cue, the weather changes.  That same pervasive feeling of sadness hangs like a dark cloud over the new Jason Reitman drama with the same name; Labor Day is […]

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At Middleton – Film Review

  If dropping your teenager off at college for the first time was a traumatic experience, then you should relate to Edith (Vera Farmiga) in the – kind of – romantic comedy, At Middleton. On the other hand, maybe you’ll relate to George (Andy Garcia). Both parents are taking their teenagers for a tour of the […]

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It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – DVD: Special Report

  If you see the word Criterion on the cover of one of your DVDs it’s generally considered that what you have is the Rolls Royce edition of that film. The Criterion Collection team announces new titles once a month, and last year they hinted that they’d be doing a fresh treatment on the 1963 […]

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Theatre review – Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Despite a recording that plays back a few words from the man himself during the opening moments, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is void of dialog.  It’s a musical revue, first seen in 1978, that both celebrates and pays tribute to the music of Fats Waller,  and it’s a ton of toe-tapping, raunchy fun with songs that continue […]

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Gimme Shelter – Film Review

The risqué though overwrought teenage drama Spring Breakers may have been a departure from the kind of wholesome, upbeat character we had been used to seeing Vanessa Hudgens portray, but it’s here in Gimme Shelter, the real life story of young Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey, where she makes a genuine transformation.  Even if the film quickly […]

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Fiddler on the Roof – Theatre Review, Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

  It is said that because of its enduring popularity around the globe, at any given minute of a twenty-four hour day, there are at least ten productions of Fiddler on the Roof in performance somewhere in the world.  Here in the valley there are currently two. One of those productions is presented as theatre-in […]

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