Monthly Archives: September 2018

Pick of the Litter – Film Review

It’s already won the hearts and minds of many festival-goers throughout the country. Now it’s our turn. In the new highly entertaining and successfully informative documentary from directors Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman, Pick of the Litter, as soon as you witness the birth of five Labrador puppies, three black, two yellow, hearts will […]

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A Simple Favor – Film Review

In director Paul Feig’s dark comic thriller, A Simple Favor, Blake Lively plays Emily Nelson, a married businesswoman and mother who cheerfully admits she’s the world’s worst mom. “The nicest thing I can do for my kid is blow my brains out,” she casually states with little regard as to how shockingly frank the comment […]

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The Predator – Film Review

If you don’t count the two Alien vs. Predator films – and, good Lord, why would you? – the new sci-fi actioner titled simply The Predator is now the fourth in the series. For the record, it was thirty-one years ago at the height of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action man popularity when the first of the […]

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Charlotte’s Web (2018) – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

For many of a certain age, anything that occurred four years ago probably feels like last Thursday. For parents, a revival of author E.B. White’s charming modern children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web at Childsplay may initially seem a little too soon. After all, it was the company’s opener for its 38th season in 2014. And now […]

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The Antipodes – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

Ask any writer and they’ll tell you. Somewhere in their home, tucked away in a desk drawer, there’s probably a heap of scribbled notes relating to a ton of half-baked story ideas that may never see the light of day. At the conclusion of Annie Baker’s most recent work, The Antipodes, you get the feeling […]

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West Side Story – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

To begin its new 2018-19 season, Phoenix Theatre has chosen what many consider to be the greatest musical of them all, West Side Story, including yours truly. The show’s influence on American musical theatre culture is undisputed, and it began almost as soon as it opened in 1957 on Broadway. While Rodgers and Hammerstein had […]

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