Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Hero – Film Review

At first glance there appears a thin line between the character Sam Elliot plays in the new drama The Hero and Elliot himself. He’s a Western actor in his seventies with a golden drawl that can sell practically anything; that’s the character, not Elliot. But in a recording studio, when you hear him deliver the […]

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The Wizard of Oz – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

Remarkable, but true. In 1939, when MGM released the American movie musical The Wizard of Oz, it may have garnered great reviews, six Oscar nominations (it won two) and more publicity than almost any other film in a year considered a landmark for classic Hollywood, but there was just one problem: audiences were small. The […]

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The Mummy – Film Review

Look back to the 1932 Universal Pictures classic, The Mummy with Boris Karloff, and you’ll recall a horror movie with story, lots of atmosphere, but little action. In the pantheon of Universal horror, admittedly it wasn’t the best, but on reputation, it remains a classic. Watch the new re-boot from Universal of the same name, […]

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Megan Leavey – Film Review

Knowing all the sacrifices, the physical demands, the potential dangers, plus the strict adherence to following commands, why would someone want to join the Marines? Perhaps it’s a need for order in a world full of chaos; maybe it offers a future when civilian life offers none; or maybe it’s a genuine desire to do […]

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It Comes At Night – Film Review

Despite the promises of a lurid sounding, B-movie drive-in title, It Comes At Night doesn’t have zombies, there are no ghosts, and no crazed creatures lurking within protective daytime shadows that emerge once the sun sets. The film is terrifying, and what has happened in the world is the very essence of horror, but It […]

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unexpected – Theatre Review: Brelby Theatre Company, Glendale

There’s something you have to admire about The Brelby Playhouse, the small, intimate theatre in Glendale, near the corner of N. 58th Avenue; it’s the support it gives to playwrights, new plays, and the forum on which to present them, and that’s an exceptionally positive thing. The end of May saw the premiere of a new […]

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