Monthly Archives: February 2019

As You Like It – Theatre Review: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

There’s a theory regarding the title of the play. It’s unconfirmed, but it’s a good one. Shakespeare was only too aware that the popular box-office hits of his day were romantic comedies. London audiences craved them, particularly romantic comedies with a pastoral setting. The gentle existence of idealized, country life appealed to city audiences. Aware […]

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Singin’ in the Rain – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

There’s a giddy delight to be had when watching Hale Theatre Centre’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain at its theatre-in-the-round presentation in Gilbert. That uncomfortable time in movie history when silent films transitioned to the talkies has a built-in, automatic level rife for parody, even if at the time for those in the […]

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The 25th Silver Anniversary Sedona International Film Festival: Part 2 (of 2) Special Report

In this second of two reports on the 25th Silver Anniversary Sedona International Film Festival, Valley Screen & Stage takes a look at a selection of notable feature-length narrative films and documentaries that can be seen throughout the nine-day event. It’s a special year for the film festival. This year marks the festival’s 25th Anniversary, […]

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The 25th Silver Anniversary Sedona International Film Festival – Part 1 (of 2): Special Report

It’s a special year for the Sedona International Film Festival. This year marks the festival’s 25th Anniversary, one that promises to feature more than 165 films, from Oscar-nominated documentaries to narrative features, narrative short films, documentary short films, and animated shorts, all presented in local theatres set against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains of […]

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Fighting with My Family – Film Review

In 2013, Dwayne Johnson was in England filming Fast & Furious 6. During a break, he watched a Channel Four documentary in his hotel room and had an idea. The small screen doc was about an oddball English family obsessed with wrestling. It was called The Wrestlers, Fighting with my Family. It told of the […]

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Film Review

Very loosely based on a popular series of twelve children’s books by English author Cressida Cowell (through marriage, her uncle is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third and final installment of the animated trilogy that began in 2010. Set in a mythical Viking world […]

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