Monthly Archives: September 2017

Victoria & Abdul – Film Review

An amusing title appears at the end of the opening credits to director Stephen Frears’ often humorous account of the biographical period drama, Victoria & Abdul. It reads,‘Based on real events,’ then adds the word, ‘mostly.’ Yet, once seen, check the details of the film and you’ll find something interesting. The statement is actually less […]

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American Made – Film Review

Remember those manic moments during the final act of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas? It was where the world around Henry Hill spiraled recklessly out of control, and then kept spiraling. The real-life mobster took on so much, was juggling so many deals, that the ever-increasing whirlwind around him finally lifted him off the ground and practically […]

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

When he’s out of school, he wants to be in, and when he’s in school, he wants to be out. And even though there are no scenes in the classroom, what happens to Milo is all about letters, words, numbers, and education in general. Sound familiar? Then you know the magical story of The Phantom […]

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

If you’re here for just the review, skip several paragraphs down. If not, allow the indulgence of a quick word about valley talent, production aims and values, and how it applies to Phoenix Theatre. Since ‘83, because of an earlier career in radio and some television while reviewing film and regional theatre across America, making […]

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Battle of the Sexes – Film Review

He was 55. She was 29. He said he was putting the show back into chauvinism. She said that dinosaurs can’t play tennis. It was the battle of the sexes, and even though the term is often used to help promote exhibition tennis matches between men and women, its most famous use refers to the […]

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Film Review

Look back to the obnoxious 2015 original, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and try to recall the closing scene. After all the mayhem, the young secret agent is awarded the girl as if she was a gift for a job well done. She’s Princess Tilde of Sweden, and she’s on her hands and knees with her butt […]

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