Monthly Archives: April 2017

Free Fire – Film Review

Free Fire is an action comedy from English director Ben Wheatly, set in Massachusetts but filmed by Brighton beach in England. It takes place in one location, a derelict factory workshop, and runs 90 minutes; 30 minutes of character setup letting us know who is who, what they’re all doing there, and why, then 60 […]

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An American in Paris – Theatre Review: ASU Gammage, Tempe

When Singin’ in the Rain and Meet Me in St. Louis were adapted from the silver screen to live-stage presentations, as successful as some may consider them to be, particularly for regional theatre audiences, they were essentially retreads of the film; Singin’ in the Rain was practically scene for scene. With the national touring production […]

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The Secret Garden – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

There are several surprises in Valley Youth Theatre’s ambitious new production of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden. Perhaps the biggest surprise is it’s the unedited, 150 minute Broadway show, the kind usually reserved for the theatre’s end of season, full-blown musical, presented across town at the larger Herberger Center. The musical with its theme of […]

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The Fate of the Furious – Film Review

There’s a lot to be said for a movie franchise that bears little to almost no resemblance to its origins, other than a couple of familiar faces. Yet, amazingly, with each new adventure, The Fast and the Furious series grows in size and spectacle in relation to its ever-increasing box-office, and there’s just no putting […]

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Colossal – Film Review

It’s not easy pinpointing the genre of a film that goes out of its way to be so intentionally odd, but for argument’s sake, let’s make it simple; it’s a monster movie. Though, it certainly incorporates other elements, such as romance, some comedy, violence, and a heavy dose of serious relationship drama, but ultimately it’s […]

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Tommy’s Honour – Film Review

The strength of any film with a sports theme is this: If it presents the sport as interesting to a viewer who has no interest, then it’s done its job. If this is the case, then, for the most part, Tommy’s Honour has certainly succeeded. Framed as a meeting between an elderly Scottish man with […]

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