Monthly Archives: January 2019

Glass – Film Review

The saga began nineteen years ago. Unbreakable, released in 2000 as the follow-up to director M. Night Shyamalan’s phenomenally successful The Sixth Sense, introduced us to mild-mannered security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis), a one-time college football prodigy. During the outset of the film, Dunn becomes the lone survivor in a horrendous train explosion and […]

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Destroyer – Film Review

There’s a good chance you won’t recognize her. Not at first. With a nose that looks as though it was once broken and didn’t properly heal, her sunken eyes, dark and cloudy, and her freckled skin, pale, unhealthy, Nicole Kidman is LAPD detective Erin Bell, a burnout; a shell of her former self. In director […]

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The Music Man – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

A tradition continues. After an exemplary production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017 followed by an audacious but successfully re-imagined Man of La Mancha for 2018, Arizona Theatre Company proceeds with its recent new direction of including at least one classic Broadway musical in its season’s lineup. This year it’s the gloriously old-fashioned piece […]

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Stan & Ollie – Film Review

There’s a wonderful 1965 documentary called Laurel and Hardy’s Laughing 20’s. Director Robert Youngson pieced together several clips of classic comedy shorts made during Hollywood’s golden silent era with an accompanying narration. Though the film incorporated the work of several famous stars of the time, the documentary was principally the early work of Stan Laurel […]

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Hello, Dolly! – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Followers of comedy musical theatre must surely be in heaven. This week sees the opening of not one but two professional, high-production value comedy musicals in the valley, both from the same era, both with a nostalgic turn-of-the-last-century setting and both from the showbiz school of they-don’t-write-’em-like-that-anymore musicals. The second production we’ll get to later […]

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