Monthly Archives: October 2014

Horns – Film Review

If there truly is a hell on Earth then Ignatius ‘Ig’ Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) lives at the center of it.   It’s one thing to be in heavenly bliss if you feel you’ve met your soul mate, it’s another to lose her, knowing she was brutally murdered and to live a life of hellish torment when […]

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Nightcrawler – Film Review

There’s a fundamental difference between the presentation of the national news on TV and the local.   It’s not that one covers political and international occurrences while the other centers on what happened around the corner, it’s both content and tone. First, local news is not the nearby equivalent of the national.   National might cover politics […]

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Camp X-Ray – Film Review

The first concern of every parent when their son or daughter enters the military is where will they be stationed?   War torn Afghanistan, perhaps?   Iraq?   Army private fist class Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart) is sent to neither.   In the new drama Camp X-Ray, Cole’s assignment is to be a guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. […]

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Annie Get Your Gun – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Peoria

Since it first opened on Broadway in 1946, the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun has gone through so many revisions that it’s now difficult to say exactly what the definitive version is.   Over the years, songs have been removed then added again, sub plots have either changed or removed altogether and even characters […]

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Seminar – Theatre Review: Actors Theatre of Phoenix: Black Theatre Troupe

When four hopeful writers in New York with varying degrees of talent club together and pay $5,000 each for a ten-week writing seminar, no one gets what they paid for.   That’s the basis of the very funny 2011 Broadway comedy Seminar by Theresa Rebeck.   It’s the one that earned Alan Rickman high praise and was […]

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe

Despite the fact that Kate DiCamillo’s 2006 novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was voted by the School Library Journal as being in the ‘Top 100 Chapter Books’ of all time, this award-winning story should be on the shelves of every classroom in the country, but isn’t. Making a return visit to the Tempe […]

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