Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Equalizer – Film Review

Even though the original TV series ran for four seasons during the eighties and has been available on DVD for some time, for the majority, The Equalizer remains a show that most remember by name but can’t quite recall the details.   That’s a good thing.   In some respects, the newly released film version is […]

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The Boxtrolls – Film Review

Based on a children’s novel called Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, the world of The Boxtrolls has a distinct Dickensian flavor mixed with just a sprinkling of Roald Dahl.   It’s as if the famous Victorian author had hidden the outlines to a grungy, fantasy world in a back drawer populated by characters that never […]

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Kelly & Cal – Film Review

The Kelly of Kelly & Cal, a new drama from director Jen McGowan, is a first-time mother and the change of life is not coming easy.   When we first meet Kelly (Juliette Lewis) she’s at the hospital in the middle of her six-week check up.   The off-screen voice of the female doctor is friendly, professional […]

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The Skeleton Twins – Film Review

There’s a good bet that if you were to ask any writer whether they had ever written a story or a script that explored the act of suicide, they either have one tucked away in a drawer somewhere, or at the very least, they’ve thought about writing one.   There’s a built-in drama that automatically draws […]

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Hector and the Search for Happiness – Film Review

Sometimes a good book, simply told, doesn’t work on film.   Hector and the Search for Happiness was an extremely successful first novel for French psychiatrist, Francois Lelord.   He cleverly wrote a psychology book and aimed it at those who ordinarily wouldn’t read such things.   He made it episodic, turned it into an adventure and […]

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The Brothers Size – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

Opening the 2014-15 season at Ron May’s Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe is a drama that to date has proved a success on both sides of the Atlantic, and little wonder; it’s a stunning piece of work. The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is set in a fictional region of the hot and steamy […]

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