Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Top 10 Best Films of 2017

Making a list of the best films of the year and putting them in some kind of respectable order has always been difficult. How can you really compare a film like Get Out and say it’s better or not quite as good as Coco? You can’t. Not if you consider yourself a genuine follower of […]

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Molly’s Game – Film Review

“This is a true story,” explains Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in a lengthy, opening, voice-over narration, “But except for my own, I’ve changed all the names and done my best to obscure identities for reasons that’ll be clear.” Then comes the introduction. “I’m Molly Bloom.” If you’re unclear as to who Molly Bloom is, and […]

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All the Money in the World – Film Review

In case current events are not a priority, here’s what happened. By October of this year, filming for All the Money in the World was complete. Actor Kevin Spacey, who had played the role of J. Paul Getty in the film and was presumably getting ready for his next project, was suddenly accused of sexual […]

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I, Tonya – Film Review

If you didn’t know in advance that almost everything you’ll see in I, Tonya was true, you’d think you were watching a poker-faced, fictional Coen brothers account of a bunch of redneck yahoos involved in the world of ice-skating. As presented by the media around the globe, Tonya Harding was the skater the world loved […]

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Downsizing – Film Review

When life’s dreams are just out of reach, when the path to your career is derailed, and when the mortgage application to that desired house is denied, downsizing may be the only option. That’s the dilemma facing the nice Omaha couple, the Safraneks. In director Alexander Payne’s dead-pan sci-fi comedy/drama, Downsizing, a group of Norwegian […]

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Theatre Review: National Touring Company Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

There’s a long forgotten musical that opened on Broadway in 1938. It was revived on stage at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1970, then on the massively curved Cinerama screen as a 1972 musical movie epic. Despite the revivals, it remains mostly forgotten, and for a good reason. It wasn’t particularly good. It was […]

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