Monthly Archives: February 2014

In Secret – Film Review

  When the film was first shown on festival screens last year it was called Thérèse, a shortened version of Thérèse Raquin, the original title of the scandalous 19th century serialized novel of adultery, murder and intrigue.  After only a lukewarm reception, the film has now re-emerged, ready for a general release under the more […]

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Other Desert Cities – Theatre Review, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

  As with several recent valley productions, Arizona Theatre Company’s Other Desert Cities, currently playing at Herberger Theater Center, gives us a chance to take in the living room set long before the play begins, and what an elaborate piece of work it is.  Designed by Ann Sheffield with inspiration, perhaps, from Frank Lloyd Wright, […]

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The Whale – Theatre Review – Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

  Before the lights go down in the auditorium of the original Tempe Performing Arts Center on E. 6th Street we get a chance to take in the pieces of Eric Beek’s effectively detailed Stray Cat Theatre set design.  It’s the fast becoming dingy apartment that we will know as home to Charlie, an obscenely […]

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Winter’s Tale – Film Review

  Adapting a huge, seven hundred plus page book for the big screen is an almost impossible task.  Those who’ve read it and loved it can’t help but feel cheated by a film adaptation.  Chunks have to be cut, characters disappear and, worst of all, the ending might be tweaked or changed altogether.  Winter’s Tale […]

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Robocop – Film Review

  You’d think that after the lame sequels that followed the original Robocop, the franchise would be all but buried.  But when Hollywood can’t think of anything fresh, it turns to past successes to see if it can freshen things up, and that’s what’s happened here.  It’s 2028 and a company called OmniCorp is supplying […]

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The Jungle Book – Theatre Review, Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

  For its live theatrical version of The Jungle Book, Valley Youth Theatre has by-passed the expected Hollywood route and gone back to the story’s origins; from the tales as told by Rudyard Kipling, the Indian born though British raised author, then adapted by children’s playwright, Monica Flory. There are several Kipling stories of the […]

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