Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Nice Guys – Film Review

It’s 1977 in Los Angeles, California.  Smoky and the Bandit posters are plastered across billboards on Hollywood Boulevard; September by Earth, Wind & Fire plays on FM; and porn star Misty Mountains (Mirielle Telio) is the centerfold in an adult magazine found under dad’s bed.  It’s also the place where two inept private detectives are […]

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – Film Review

It was two years ago this month when the first Neighbors was released.  The plot was simple.  Young, married couple with child move into what they think is a quiet neighborhood, only to find that the house next door is an off-campus frat house and its occupants – hard-core party animals. It was crude, lewd, […]

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Film Review

If you count the Deadpool and Wolverine spin-offs, the opening moments to this ninth installment of the X-Men series, X-Men: Apocalypse, take us back to the Nile Valley, 3600 BC.  Visually, it’s an impressive beginning. Thousands upon thousands of followers line the streets of ancient Egypt and wait outside of a pyramid.  Within those walls, […]

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord – Theatre Review; Arizona Theatre Company at Herberger Center

For some, the setting may seem familiar; bland walls in a room that appears to exist in its own space and time.  Sparse furniture – here it’s a table with a singular drawer and three chairs – and no way out. It might be Hell’s waiting room.  It could be Hell itself.  It all depends […]

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The Man Who Knew Infinity – Film Review

There’s an important line in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.  It’s where Stellan Skarsgard’s college professor explains to therapist Robin Williams about the mathematical genius of Matt Damon’s character, Will Hunting.  The professor references real life Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.  The Man Who Knew Infinity is a new British biographical drama about the life […]

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Annie – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

The story goes that back in 1971, Broadway lyricist Martin Charnin was looking for a Christmas gift at a bookstore to give to a friend.  While browsing, he came upon a collection of comic strips in a book called Arf! The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie.  The friend would never receive the […]

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