Monthly Archives: October 2017

Only The Brave – Film Review

When it comes to the tragic, real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, emotions in Arizona run high. For those elsewhere, where the disaster headlined the evening news, the occurrence of the firefighters who fought the Yarnell Hill, Arizona fire in 2013 was devastating enough, but once the nightly anchor moved on to the next […]

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Man of La Mancha – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Over the years, many have thought it a true tale, but it’s not. Even though the central character to the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, Miquel de Cervantes, was the real creator behind that most famous of all chivalrous Spanish knights, Don Quixote, the story the musical tells is a fantasy. True, for a […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Unlike the musicals of either Rodgers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Lowe where the show came first and the big screen came later, Meet Me in St. Louis was a movie musical long before it ever hit the stage.  In fact, was it not for the regional theatrical success of Singing in the Rain, or […]

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Goodbye Christopher Robin – Film Review

There are some things you may want to consider before seeing the totally charming and ultimately sad new drama from director Simon Curtis, Goodbye Christopher Robin. If you’re not overly familiar with the A.A. Milne stories of Winnie-The-Pooh, look them up. At least, give yourself a quick overview of the characters. It helps. But more […]

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The Florida Project – Film Review

Chances are, unless you’re the dedicated movie-buff with a keen interest in independent films and a taste for visiting film festivals, you haven’t seen director Sean Baker’s previous work, Tangerine. The 2015 comedy-drama was remarkable for several reasons, though the most remarkable thing of all was the way in which the film was shot. The […]

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Happy Death Day – Film Review

In the way that the recent Tom Cruise crime thriller, American Made, had fun with the Universal logo, something similar occurs with the new teenage slasher, Happy Death Day; those huge letters keep turning around the Earth, then returning to the beginning, only to try again, then again, then again. As long as audiences know […]

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