Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Walk – Film Review

“To walk on the wire; it’s life.”  Those are the words of real-life French high-wire artist, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he explains his passion for what he does and how he goes about it in the new Robert Zemeckis drama, The Walk. On August 7, 1974, Petit walked between the Twin Towers of the […]

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Sex with Strangers – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre with Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

In a play where one of the themes explored is identities, it’s perfectly appropriate that the first line of dialog should be “Who are you?” That’s asked by Olivia (Heather Lee Harper) as she peers through an ice-covered window of a reclusive Michigan Bed & Breakfast as an unexpected car pulls up outside in the […]

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Sicario – Film Review

“Nothing will make sense to your American ears,” explains the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) to Phoenix based FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt).  “And you will doubt everything you do,” he adds.  “But in the end, you will understand.” In the new, taut thriller Sicario from director Denis Villeneuve, Kate is enlisted by a […]

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The Intern – Film Review

“There’s a hole in my life, and I need to fill it… soon.”  Those are the opening words of seventy year-old retiree Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro).  In the new, light comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyers, The Intern, Ben is a widower who admits in an introductory voice-over that he liked the novelty of retirement […]

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Stonewall – Film Review

In 1966, the Mafia invested close to $4,000 to turn New York’s Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street into a gay bar.  By 1969, it was known as the gay bar in the city.  It was also the place where a series of violent demonstrations took place; demonstrations against the police by members of the gay […]

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Pawn Sacrifice – Film Review

During the opening few minutes of the outstanding 1993 drama Searching for Bobby Fischer, there’s a series of short black and white news reels.  They show Bobby Fischer either playing with others, playing with Boris Spassky, or talking in his customary immodest manner to TV news, all before he vanished from public life.  The film […]

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