Monthly Archives: June 2016

Newsies the Musical – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

It’s odd to think that a flop Disney movie musical with so many derisive, negative reviews would later become a hit on Broadway; it’s usually the other way around.  But when you consider the film’s cult following that later developed once it was released for the home market, maybe not.  Fans of Newsies (re-titled The […]

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Avenue Q – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre – Phoenix

Think of Sesame Street.  Think of how you were told that as an individual you were special and with the right guidance, an upbeat attitude, some community spirit and perhaps a sunny day, nothing was impossible; you could do anything.  Now flip it.  Now you’re on Avenue Q, and guess what; it sucks to be […]

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Valley Youth Theatre: Herberger Center, Phoenix

There are a few things to know when you enter Herberger Center’s auditorium for Valley Youth Theatre’s new presentation of the Broadway musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and being aware helps. This is not the reinvented, regional theatre production that was designed after the more complicated Broadway production closed in 2009, this is the mostly […]

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The Conjuring 2 – Film Review

When real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) states at the beginning of the horror thriller The Conjuring 2, “This one still haunts me,” she’s not referring to the story we’re about to see.  It’s the one that she and her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) investigated in 1975: The Amityville haunting. Within just a few […]

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Now You See Me 2 – Film Review

The problem when watching the sequel to a film you never expected would ever have a sequel is trying to recall what happened at the end of the first. 2013’s Now You See Me was a fast-paced, mostly entertaining look at the world of con-artists as magicians; Robin Hoods who stole from the rich right […]

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Puerto Ricans In Paris – Film Review

In the fish-out-of-water comedy, Puerto Ricans in Paris, Luis Guzman and Edgar Garcia play two NYPD detectives working in the Luxury Goods Recovery Unit who seem to know what they’re doing when tracking down bootleggers. As the fast-paced opening Canal Street sequence indicates, their methods may be a little unconventional but they’re nevertheless successful.  Luis […]

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