Monthly Archives: December 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Film Review

In the case of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, considering the advanced requests and early embargo restrictions given by the studio to all reviewers, revealing details of the movie in a critique is almost as difficult as it is for the Rebel Alliance when trying to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s famous […]

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Jackie – Film Review

The long, sustained note of sad violins from Mica Levi’s atmospheric score slide down as if the life of their sound is falling away. Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) is walking alone by the beach of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. She appears regal, composed, yet there’s a mournful look to her face as she faces the cold, […]

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Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour – Theatre Review: ASU Gammage, Tempe

It is said that on any given day, somewhere in the world, in at least seven different cities, Mamma Mia! is in performance, and it shows no sign of stopping. With this in mind, you can’t help wandering just how final the current national Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour really is. Maybe it’ll be like Cher’s […]

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A Christmas Carol – Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

It’s not unusual to read that the way we celebrate Christmas today is the way classic Victorian author Charles Dickens invented it in his 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. Not strictly true, but it’s close. When on Christmas Eve at the close of business, the miserly Scrooge begrudgingly relents and gives his put-upon clerk Bob […]

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Twist Your Dickens – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

When the set is a street in Victorian London and there’s a barbershop quartet singing in front of Scrooge & Marley’s, you know that what follows will hardly be business as usual. That’s the opening to the new seasonal comedy now playing at Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre until Christmas Eve, Twist Your Dickens, a consistently […]

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Screening Passes for ‘Fences’ starring Denzel Washington: Special Report

It was earlier this year when valley audiences were treated to one of the best theatrical productions of the year. In mid-February, Arizona Theatre Company presented a powerful new production of August Wilson’s Fences at Herberger Center downtown, and local reviews, including one from this column, were overwhelmingly positive. Set in the 1950’s, Fences was […]

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