Monthly Archives: January 2017

Patriots Day – Film Review

It wouldn’t surprise if the first thing you thought when considering director Peter Berg’s new real-life action-drama Patriots Day was, they’ve made a movie already? The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing remains so fresh in our minds, its details, still so clear, that questioning the speed with which the event has hit the […]

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20th Century Women – Film Review

In 1999. when director/writer Mike Mills was only 33, his mother died of brain cancer. One week later, after forty-four years of marriage, his father came out as gay. He died five years later. It was Mills’ father’s story that became the basis of the 2010 comedy/drama with Christopher Plummer, Beginners, an entertainingly well constructed […]

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Fiddler on the Roof – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

Regarding Broadway, to quote Eric Idle’s comically brash lyrics from Monty Python’s Spamalot, “You haven’t got a clue if you don’t have a Jew.” It was a funny song, but as with much of the Python humor, there was also that undeniable foundation of truth buried in the naughty, schoolyard wit, and it was the […]

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Hidden Figures – Film Review

There’s a building at the Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia called the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility. It’s named after the African-American woman who in 2015 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mrs. Johnson was also listed as one of the 100 inspiring and influential women from around the globe when the […]

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Silence – Film Review

As soon as he read the 1966 fictional Japanese novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, director Martin Scorsese knew that at some point it would be a film; his passion project. That was twenty years ago. Since that time, Scorsese has read the book repeatedly, continually visualizing how a story with such strong religious themes, one […]

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A Monster Calls – Film Review

During the opening moments of the new fantasy drama A Monster Calls from Spanish director, J.A. Bayona, the film asks one simple question: How does it begin? A base-deep, though not unfriendly voice, replies, “It begins, like so many stories; with a boy too old to be a kid, and too young to be a […]

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