Monthly Archives: May 2018

Rock of Ages – Theatre Review: Mesa Encore Theatre, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

Writer Chris D’Arienzo has written of his unapologetic love for musicals. But it was in his youth when he quickly realized a harsh reality: Chicks don’t trust their heart or virginity to a guy who says he’s straight but owns the original cast recording of Annie. So when the opportunity to write the book revolving […]

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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Film Review

Despite the end results, the thing that made the Star Wars movies feel special was the time between releases. Having to wait several years until the next adventure premiered heightened expectations. The opening became an event. Even if you weren’t the space-opera’s biggest fan, or the previous outing disappointed, you couldn’t help but be swept […]

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Les Miserables – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

The story goes that when producer Cameron Mackintosh opened Les Miserables in London in 1985 he was convinced he had a flop. On that October night, audiences didn’t seem to respond, while opening night reviews were less than enthusiastic. The Observer called it “witless,” while The Sunday Telegraph thought it “lurid.” Then Mackintosh received a […]

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Deadpool 2 – Film Review

It takes almost fifteen minutes to get to the opening credits, but once you’re there, it’s safe to say that everything seen so far is exactly what Deadpool fans of the first were hoping for. After the huge success of the 2016 film – a success that surprised no one other than a nervous studio […]

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Breaking In – Film Review

Running for a brief 88 minutes, the violent home invasion thriller with the generic title, Breaking In, wastes no time in establishing things. Shaun (Gabrielle Union) is mom to daughter, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and younger son, Glover (Seth Carr). We never know much about them, or where they live, or even what mom does for […]

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Life of the Party – Film Review

Following a similar path beaten by Rodney Dangerfield 32 years ago, comic actress Melissa McCarthy goes back to school where her daughter studies. She wants to finish her education and finally get that degree that was almost within reach two decades earlier, interrupted by a marriage and a pregnancy. Co-written by McCarthy and her real-life […]

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