Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Film Review

“Sin City is a place you go in with your eyes open or you don’t come out,” growls Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the required, Dashell Hammett styled, low-level, baritone voice-over.  More inner thoughts than narration, it’s the low-key, cinematic gumshoe method of speech used throughout by every male character as if in competition to show […]

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If I Stay – Film Review

If I Stay is a new romantic drama with tears from director R.J. Cutler based on the popular 2009 young adult novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. Like many young adult novels adapted for the screen, what worked on the page doesn’t always transfer so well to another medium for reasons not entirely […]

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The Possession of Michael King – Film Review

If there’s one thing we learned from The Exorcist it’s never play with that Ouija board found hidden away in the basement.  No point in rousing the powers of something you don’t fully understand.  Just in case. In the new independent, low-budget horror from writer/director David Jung, The Possession of Michael King, the Michael of […]

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The Expendables 3 – Film Review

There’s a major difference between the first Expendables outing and this third adventure, other than it being a PG-13 and virtually blood free, and it’s the overall look. Stallone directed the R rated 2010 opener and used the gritty, jerky motions of the hand-held intending to give the film a rough-around-the edges look while editing […]

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The Giver – Film Review

As with several futuristic settings previously used in a series of popular Young Adult novels, the utopian world presented in The Giver turns out to be quite the opposite. “After the ruin, we built a new society,” young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) tells us.  Developed under the guidance of the Elders, that new society has eliminated […]

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West Side Story – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

When it comes to West Side Story, think back on any previous production you may have seen, including the landmark 1961 film, and try to recall how the teenage gang members were portrayed.  It may not have occurred to you at the time, but you were probably seeing actors and dancers in their mid-twenties to […]

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