Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Imitation Game – Film Review

The Enigma machine was invented by a German engineer at the end of World War 1.   Even though it was used commercially to encipher and decipher secret messages it was later used by Nazi Germany during World War 2. The Imitation Game is a tasteful account from Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, his first English-language production.   […]

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Exodus: Gods and Kings – Film Review

From the outset, when Exodus: Gods and Kings begins, situations and positions of ancient Egyptian power are already established.   Moses (Britain’s Christian Bale) is an adult, stepbrother Rameses (Australia’s Joel Edgerton) already has his eye on taking the throne, and Pharaoh (America’s John Turturro) hasn’t long to go.   The whole business of the baby in […]

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Top Five – Film Review

“If this movie flops,” states animated talent agent Kevin Hart down the phone to his superstar client Andre Allen (Chris Rock), “We could be talking Dancing with the Stars.” Top Five is the new comedy from comedian Chris Rock.   He wrote it, directed it and stars in it, and while Dancing with the Stars may […]

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Year of the Rooster – Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

There’s a tender moment in the overly fowl-mouthed drama Year of the Rooster at Ron May’s Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe by playwright Eric Dufault and it comes not from the human characters but from the poultry. Odysseus Rex (Austin Kiehle) is a rooster; an angry, lethally dangerous rooster bred specifically to kill in a […]

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A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

It’s hard to believe but it’s true.   Each Christmas, for the past eighteen years, what has been a tradition since 1995 returns for its nineteenth presentation at Bobb Cooper’s Valley Youth Theatre, downtown.   A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail is back, and even though the story of the silly ol’ bear and his friend Eeyore […]

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Wild – Film Review

The 2012 New York Times best seller, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed was so well received by both critics and readers alike, not to mention it re-launched Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and became BBC Radio 4’s much coveted Book of the Week, a film would naturally follow. […]

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