Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Cottage – Theatre Review: Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Hot on the heels of last week’s terrific production of The Book Club Play comes the second of two summer long alternating comedies from Actors Theatre of Phoenix.  This past weekend saw the opening of Sandy Rustin Fleischer’s The Cottage, and while it may not be a better play than last week’s beginning of summer […]

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Transformers: Age of Extinction – Film Review

In the 2002 edition of his book The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, author and film historian David Thomson spelled out his opinion of director Michael Bay in plain terms; he makes garbage, noisy garbage.  That was twelve years ago.  Having now seen the fourth in this ever-lasting series of metal crunching, ear-splitting, coma-inducing adventures, […]

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Korengal – Film Review

In 2010 filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington made a startling documentary of a besieged squadron in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley called Restrepo, named after a fallen comrade, PFC Juan Restrepo.  It plunged the viewer head first into the valley along with those men of the Second Platoon and gave a fresh and at times an […]

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The Book Club Play – Theatre Review: Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Actors Theatre of Phoenix has an exhausting summer ahead.  In addition to its nine special performances of revues, musical performances and one person plays, there is also a revolving door on two repertory–like productions, both comedies, that will alternate each weekend throughout the season until the middle of August, both with the same cast of […]

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Jersey Boys – Film Review

Jersey Boys the film may be adapted from Jersey Boys the hit Broadway show but it never feels as though you’re watching a fully fledged musical.  On stage, everything revolved around the songs.  In the film, it’s the rise and fall of The Four Seasons told from the perspective of each band member – the […]

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The Rover – Film Review

The new Australian futuristic crime drama from director David Michod is telling us nothing.  There are hints of what has happened in the world – the setting tells us that this is Australia, ten years after the collapse – but exactly what that collapse was all about is never made clear.  We have to assume […]

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