Monthly Archives: August 2017

Logan Lucky – Film Review

Whether the rumor that screenwriter Rebecca Blunt is really a pseudonym for director Steven Soderbergh is difficult to say. Perhaps by the time you read this, someone, somewhere has unveiled the truth. But the real truth is, it doesn’t really matter; it’s a great screenplay, and it’s the backbone that makes this hillbilly heist comedy […]

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Film Review

A funny thing happened on the way to the court room. “My job is to keep you out of harm’s way,” states special protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) to the man he’s meant to protect. “I am harm’s way,” responds the client, hitman, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). It’s the best line in the […]

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Shrek The Musical (2017) – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

For many, it may feel as though it was only a few weeks back when director Bobb Cooper began Valley Youth Theatre’s 24th season of shows. It opened with a sparkling production of Shrek The Musical at Herberger Center downtown. But that was four years ago. From the perspective of VYT casting, a whole generation […]

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Annabelle: Creation – Film Review

The elements of scare are all there. Lights flicker at meal times, footsteps run across the landing at night, the young girl on the top bunk just knows there’s something on the bottom, and there’s a creepy scarecrow back in the woodshed. Plus, Annabelle: Creation does for You Are My Sunshine what Insidious did for […]

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Brigsby Bear – Film Review

Comedian Kyle Mooney’s Brigsby Bear is an odd little film. In fact, the SNL writer/performer’s comedy is so unusually odd, it poses a dilemma: What do you tell without spoiling things for those who want to know nothing? On the other hand, by knowing nothing, how would you decide whether you’ll want to see the […]

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STEP – Film Review

Picking subjects for a documentary is risky business. Recording aspects of reality regarding events already occurred is one thing; you know the outcome – the difficulty is to make the re-telling interesting. But when you’re documenting something as it’s unfolding, with no clear vision as to how things will conclude, filmmakers can never be sure […]

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