Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday – Theatre Review: Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In the tradition of the always fun Q&A held at the end of every Childsplay production, here’s a question. Give it a thought, then answer me this. When it comes to Christmas, where’s the real magic? It’s not necessarily Christmas Day (though that’s the important one), and it’s not really the opening of gifts (even […]

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An Act of God – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

God has appeared before us in many guises. In 1977 He appeared before John Denver as a benevolent looking George Burns in the movie Oh, God! He took the form of a wise and patient Morgan Freeman for the benefit of Jim Carrey in 2003’s Bruce Almighty (with a voice of Him to boot), and […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

For any American regional theatre, professional or otherwise, attempting a production of the British musical drama Billy Elliot is difficult enough. The fact that Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix under Michael Barnard’s fluid direction pulls it off is nothing short of a miracle. Set against the devastating year-long United Kingdom coal miners’ strike of the eighties […]

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Bleed for This _ Film Review

In the new boxing drama Bleed for This from writer/director Ben Younger, the first time we meet Vinny Pazienza (a bulked up Miles Teller) he’s wrapped his body in Saran Wrap and he’s furiously cycling on an exercise bike. He’s in a Las Vegas hotel room, hoping to shed a few pounds, readying himself for […]

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Film Review

To briefly remind you of its origins, for the first few seconds of the film, just as the Warner Bros. Pictures logo looms on the widescreen, you’ll hear a couple of bars from John Williams’ Harry Potter theme. Just a few bars. Then, they dissolve. It’s as if the conductor’s magical baton from Hogwarts had […]

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The Edge of Seventeen – Film Review

The high school junior, who likens her childhood to that of a raging dumpster fire, bursts into the classroom during a break and declares to her history teacher, “I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I think I’m gonna kill myself.” Of course, she doesn’t mean it. Nadine (an outstanding […]

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