Monthly Archives: October 2018

Halloween – Film Review

If you go by the numbers, technically, the new Halloween is the eleventh in the series. However, director David Gordon Green wants you to forget the middle nine. Evidently, like Bobby Ewing’s wake-up call in the shower, we have to assume all those previous outings were dreams, or in this case, nightmares. Not at a […]

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

After the completion of its acclaimed production of Newsies across town at Herberger Theater Center, Valley Youth Theatre has now moved back to its home base on North 1st Street in Phoenix with an Arizona premiere. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is a new comedy with a built-in theme that packs a thoroughly entertaining punch. Up […]

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Titanic the Musical – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Think of it. A show about the deadliest commercial maritime disaster in history. A vessel that needed 54 lifeboats but only had 20. More than 1,500 passengers drowned. And it’s a musical. Considering that everything about the project sounded like a disaster ready to tank long before it left dry dock, you have to wonder […]

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Fun Home – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

After a long development period and a well-received run at New York’s Public Theatre, once the musical drama Fun Home finally opened on Broadway, it was adapted for the more intimate Circle in the Square Theatre. As with all productions where the audience is seated around the action, scenery was suggested, and settings were established […]

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The Hate U Give – Film Review

“I was nine-years-old when I got the talk.” Those are the words of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) spoken as a voice-over during the opening sequence to director George Tillman Jr.’s devastating new drama, The Hate U Give. The ‘talk’ Starr is referring to is the one her father, Maverick Carter (Russell Hornsby) gives to […]

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First Man – Film Review

In his youth, before he passed his driving test, Neil Armstrong earned his pilot’s license. Unlike most teenagers of his age, his fascination for flying far surpassed his interest in anything else, including having a girlfriend or driving cars. While that small nugget isn’t included in director Damien Chazelle’s epic drama First Man, it is […]

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