Monthly Archives: June 2016

Green Day’s American Idiot – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

With its core audience in mind, Green Day’s American Idiot is perhaps the perfect show for Ron May’s Stray Cat Theatre to conclude its better-than-average 2015-2016 season.  But as one chapter closes, another begins.  The show is also what was needed for those bad-boy felines to make an immediate mark at their new, permanent location, […]

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Independence Day: Resurgence – Film Review

A lot can change in twenty years.  During the War of 1996 – that’s how the alien attack of the original Independence Day is now described – the Earth looked like the one in which we all lived.  It was recognizable and relatable.  When those ludicrously massive alien spaceships hovered over major cities of the […]

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Free State of Jones – Film Review

The Jones in the title of the new American civil war drama from writer/director Gary Ross, Free State of Jones, refers not to a character but to Jones County, Mississippi.  This is where real-life, rebellious farmer Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) lived. Jones County is also where Knight, a southerner, lead an armed rebellion against the […]

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The Neon Demon – Film Review

As presented in The Neon Demon, the high-gloss, cut-throat setting of the Los Angeles modeling industry is populated with so many despicable, bluntly honest, unfeeling types who treat others like cattle in the worst way, there’s a question you have to ask: Why would any young woman armed with nothing more than a resume and […]

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Next to Normal – Theatre Review: Nearly Naked Theatre, Phoenix

Reviewing a show that is now into its third weekend with only one more to go may feel as though you’ve arrived late to the party, but when several colleagues urge you not to miss Nearly Naked Theatre’s new production of the Broadway rock musical Next to Normal, you pay attention. Running until June 25, […]

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Central Intelligence – Film Review

Whatever fun there is to be had with the new buddy action comedy Central Intelligence has nothing to do with the action nor the comedy; it’s the buddy role reversal. Curiously, though interestingly playing against type, Dwayne Johnson is the seemingly crazy one while Kevin Hart plays it relatively straight.  He’s still a motor-mouth but […]

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