Monthly Archives: December 2017

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – Film Review

Most tend to forget, but when the original 1995 Jumanji was released, reviews were mixed. Both reviewers and much of the public considered it uncomfortably chaotic. Some called it visually ugly, others were less than impressed with the effects. Even back in the early days of CGI, the gimmick of seeing the fantastic on screen […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Film Review

Like the not so long ago press screening for Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived for critics shrouded in secrecy with requests from the studio for writers not to reveal plot points and secrets when reviewing. Fair enough. But once it was over and review notes were checked, clearly there was nothing […]

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A Christmas Carol (Childsplay 2017) – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

When Victorian era author Charles Dickens arrived in Boston for his first public reading of A Christmas Carol, the line for tickets outside of his American publisher’s office was half a mile long. When he ventured further north to New York, the lines were even longer. In fact, on the night before his first NYC […]

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Wonder Wheel – Film Review

It arrives like an annual event. Once a year, a new Woody Allen directed film emerges, one where the production was shot under a cloud of secrecy, where the actors talk in terms of having received the script in the mail but with only their pages in the envelope, and little is publicly discussed until […]

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The Shape of Water – Film Review

Explaining the category under which Guillermo del Toro’s film The Shape of Water falls isn’t easy. A fantasy/drama. A cold-war sci-fi. A romantic horror. Even a fairy tale. In a way, it’s a combination of all. As Richard Jenkins’ voice over tells us, the film is also, “A tale of love and loss, and the […]

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Darkest Hour – Film Review

From the dark, somber, black and white news footage opening, where German soldiers parade, and row upon row of their threatening fire-power is displayed, a feeling of suppression under a crushing Nazi jackboot is quickly established. What sounds like dull claps of thunder in the distance are really bombs dropping all over Europe, signaling the […]

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