Monthly Archives: January 2014

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Theatre Review, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Unlike most of the epic, widescreen musicals of the fifties, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers did not spring from a Rodgers and Hammerstein or a Lerner and Loewe Broadway show; it was a movie original, written exclusively for the screen. A live stage version, based on the film and lengthened slightly with added songs, opened […]

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Film Review

The first fifteen minutes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit zips by.  It re-establishes a character we’ve seen four times before, only this time it starts at a new beginning.  In fact, in many respects, this is not the same Ryan we’ve known.  It truly is a reboot. Chris Pine, whose career so far appears to […]

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Ride Along – Film Review

How funny you find the new action/comedy Ride Along depends on how funny you find comedian Kevin Hart.  His non-stop, motor-mouth patter is the kind that can either amuse or annoy; think Chris Tucker on speed but without the high-pitch voice Ride Along has a simple concept.  Ice Cube plays Atlanta cop, James whose sister […]

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A Chorus Line – Theatre Review, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

There’s something important that audiences have to remember when watching Spotlight Youth Theatre’s new production of the now iconic Broadway musical A Chorus Line.  The show is difficult enough for a seasoned professional to do, but to have a local youth theatre attempting to perform such a taxing and demanding production with no cuts from […]

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4000 Miles – Theatre Review – Actors Theatre, Phoenix

  In its own words, Actors Theatre of Phoenix continues its current Nomad status by premiering each of its 2013/14 season at a new location.  This weekend saw the opening of the award-winning, off-Broadway drama 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, and this time the location was at the Black Theatre Troupe building in the excellent […]

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Her – Film Review

Ever since we’ve had the overall development of computers for the home, coupled with artificial intelligence, several notable science fiction writers have tackled the subject of genuine emotion and whether it’s possible for an AE to develop one.  The original title to Philip K. Dick’s novel upon which Blade Runner was based was Do Androids […]

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