Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Secret Garden – Theatre Review – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

At first glance, the family friendly musical The Secret Garden, based on the wonderful novel of the same name from Frances Hodgson Burnett, may seem a somewhat odd choice for a dinner theatre presentation.  True, it was a Broadway hit and a three time Tony award winner, but since its 1993 closure, it’s a show […]

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Les Misérables – Theatre Review – Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

During the 2013 Tony Awards, when referring to the newly released movie version of Broadway’s Les Miserables, host Neil Patrick Harris stated the following: “See, we don’t need extreme close-ups to prove we’re singing live.  We sing it eight shows a week.  Check it!”  It was a humorously sniffy yet accurate remark.  It’s one thing […]

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The Other Woman – Film Review

If you look hard enough you’ll always find the exception, but generally speaking, the standard of the average American adult movie comedy has declined into something quite mediocre.  The fact that audiences still go – often in large numbers as shown by the success of Bridesmaids, the Judd Apatow comedies and, heaven forbid, anything with […]

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The Railway Man – Film Review

A while ago, an elderly Dutchman, for whom I had a great deal of respect, told me of the traumatic time he experienced as a child.  He was held captive by the Japanese in a POW camp during the Second World War.  Even though he was never personally harmed he recalled with great clarity the […]

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Under The Skin – Film Review

  In Michael Faber’s satirical 2000 science-fiction novel Under the Skin there’s never a doubt as to what is going on.  An alien is sent to Earth by a business conglomerate to drug humans, then beef them up where they can be harvested and turned into meat for consumption.  It was an alien form of […]

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Dom Hemingway – Film Review

Dom Hemingway is the kind of bloke you don’t want to know.  Violent, dangerous and uncompromising in every respect, Hemingway is the sort of shallow, jack-the-lad, criminal who never quits.  If you were unlucky enough to get into a fight with him you’re never going to win, even if you sent him to the hospital […]

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