Monthly Archives: September 2016

Queen of Katwe – Film Review

“Am I ready?” asks an apprehensive fifteen year old Ugandan chess player.  Her name is Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) and she’s about to play the most important game of her life so far. She could become the next national chess champion.  But she’s understandably nervous. “You belong here,” states her coach, Robert Katende (David Oyelow) […]

Posted in Film

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Film Review

It began with a set of old photographs. They were vintage, black and white and slightly worn. The images portrayed unusual looking children in settings that appeared either mysterious, haunted or just plain peculiar. Author Ransom Riggs thought they could be published together as a picture book, but his editor had another idea. Why not […]

Posted in Film

Deepwater Horizon – Film Review

It gushed for 87 days.  In 2010 the estimated outpouring of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was 210 million US gallons.  It is, to date, the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Because of gross negligence and reckless conduct, BP (British Petroleum) was ruled principally responsible. The corporate settlement […]

Posted in Film

Reparation – Film Review: Special Valley Engagement

The review below is a re-print of the film Reparation.  It was first published in February of this year when director Kyle Ham’s drama was shown at the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival.  After two sold-out screenings, the film went on to win the Audience Choice/Best Feature: Drama award.  This week, local valley audiences will […]

Posted in Film

Liberace! – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

Throughout a remarkable career that spanned more than four generations he was known simply by the one name. Most never questioned whether it was his first, last or middle, and it didn’t matter.  In 1919 he was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace.  At home, his family called him Walter, or sometimes Wally.  The world knew him […]

Posted in Theatre

The Magnificent Seven – Film Review

Other than a few name changes and the principle action moved from a Mexican village to the fictional American town of Rose Creek, most of what you’ll see in the Antoine Fuqua remake of The Magnificent Seven will seem familiar. Certainly the story’s original framework is there and the overall plot follows the same route […]

Posted in Film