Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ant-Man – Film Review

The Marvel factory assembly line continues to work overtime.  In a 1989 introduction, Dr. Hank Pym (a younger looking Michael Douglas, effectively digitally cleaned) doesn’t want his Ant-Man technology falling into the wrong hands.  Whoever dons the suit and presses the buttons decreases in size but increases in strength.  “As long as I’m alive,” he […]

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Jimmy’s Hall – Film Review

After a several clips of early black and white newsreel footage portraying America during the depression – men holding unemployed signs, lines at the food kitchens, homeless families huddled together – Jimmy’s Hall, the new, well crafted, real-life drama from English director Ken Loach, cuts to Ireland, 1932. Jimmy Gralton (a nicely understated performance from […]

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Lila & Eve – Film Review

The grief a parent experiences after the loss of a child is the kind of emotion others can’t even begin to imagine.  As the leader of a mother’s support group states in the new independent drama, Lila & Eve, it does things to the mind.  It plays tricks. “We feel guilt and depression,” the leader […]

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Mr. Holmes – Film Review

When it comes to Sherlock Holmes, the devil is in the details.  In the new mystery/drama Mr. Holmes there’s an opening scene on a train heading south when an elderly Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) informs a young boy of something.  He tells the child that the bee on the carriage window is in reality not […]

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Interview with Beka Burnham from the touring cast of Wicked

Back in 2003, theatre reviewer Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine once wrote, “If every musical had a brain, a heart and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”   From August 26 to October 4, that magical place of which Mr. Zoglin referred will be right here in the valley, on stage […]

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Legally Blonde: The Musical – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

You’re officially dared.  Try to think of a tune, any tune, other than the endlessly upbeat and infectious Omigod You Guys as you leave Peoria’s Arizona Broadway Theatre and you won’t be able to.  Can’t be done. Legally Blonde the musical burst onto ABT’s stage this weekend with all the energy and sparkling glitz of […]

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