Monthly Archives: November 2014

Horrible Bosses 2 – Film Review

“We’re not boss material,” states Nick (Jason Bateman) after a potentially sound career-making investment goes belly up.   “We’re worker bees.” In the new comedy Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to the surprisingly successful 2011 original, the mismatched partnership of Nick (Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) reteam with an idea they hope will […]

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A Tuna Christmas – Theatre Review; Mesa Encore Theatre’s Black Box on Brown

Welcome to Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas: population, 420.   And for those unfamiliar, Tuna is also the gateway to that great Texan metropolis, Sand City. Each year in Tuna at Christmas the town engages in the Christmas Yard display, won fourteen times in a row by Tuna resident Vera Carp, who just happens […]

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Mary Poppins – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

In the last few years, if there are two things we’ve learned about Australian born author P.L. Travers it’s that she was no fan of Walt Disney nor the Disney film version of her most famous character, Mary Poppins. In fact, her dislike was so ardent, when approached by producer Cameron Mackintosh regarding the development […]

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Wait Until Dark – Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

When the tense thriller Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott was first performed in 1966 it was set in the present.   The story of a blind woman targeted by three menacing men in her basement apartment gripped in unexpected ways – in general terms, it’s film that audiences turn to when it comes to action/thrillers […]

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Beyond The Lights – Film Review

Whenever a film tackles the pop/rock music-industry – particularly from the point of view of the performer – there’s always that sense of artificiality to the music and the way it’s presented, not to mention the concern that by the time the film is released, the musical style the film is representing may already be […]

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The Theory of Everything – Film Review

Based on the second and less controversial book by Jane Hawking detailing her life with famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, the new drama from director James Marsh, The Theory of Everything, is quite extraordinary.   Part of what makes watching the film such a thrill is not so much the performances of all concerned – even though […]

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