Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Finest Hours – Film Review

It’s a true story and it was known as The Pendleton Rescue. Back in ’52 during a severe storm, two commercial oil tankers off the New England coast broke in half. One was called the SS Fort Mercer, the other, the SS Pendleton. In the new and somewhat sanitized Disney version of the stunning rescue […]

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Calendar Girls – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s all based on a real event, the pleasant and largely welcoming English comedy Calendar Girls, now playing at Phoenix Theatre, would seem little more than passable, lightweight fun; a modern-day update of those early, post-war black and white Ealing comedies that might have starred either Hermione Baddeley […]

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The 5th Wave – Film Review

Taking its cue from the popularity of the Twilight saga, The Hunger Games, and the Divergent series, the new Young Adult, disaster/sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave is the first of an expected three-part adventure. With an inconclusive fade out designed to hook and cinematically reel you in – it feels like the end of a […]

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45 Years – Film Review

Retired couple Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) should have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary five years ago, but Geoff became sick so the celebration was delayed. Now, with just a week to go before their 45th, the finishing touches are falling into place for a new, make-up celebration. Then the mail arrives. […]

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The Lady in the Van – Film Review

“I was trying to do her a good turn, but it came with thoughts of strangulation.” That’s the frustrated voice of real-life writer Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) explaining how he felt after yet another attempt to aid the homeless and all-round cantankerous old woman Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith) in the new eccentric U.K. comedy/drama from […]

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Carousel – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

When it initially opened in 1945, the second collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II was overshadowed by the popularity of the first. Oklahoma! was such a huge success that expectations for Carousel could never be met, and critically they weren’t. It was even worse for the film. Carousel the movie was released just […]

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