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2015 Theatre in Review

I made it. It was looking bleak for a while, but I managed to get to the theatre a quartet of occasions this year. You see, that’s my annual goal…four. Pretty modest, I think, especially considering my younger days when I would visit a dozen, or more. But I turned 50 this past October, and […]

Shaun the Sheep Movie

It’s a wonderful animated family film that deserves so much more attention. Dumped into this past August’s summer release schedule, “Shaun the Sheep Movie” did modest box office numbers here in the States (performance was much stronger overseas). But if you’ll allow me to paint the picture of my cozy family room, a crackling fireplace, […]

Listen to Me Marlon

You would think, that the man who is quite possibly the greatest film actor of the 20th century, would get a documentary that would live up to his legendary reputation. Well, we got that. And it’s in Marlon Brando’s own words. His voice, his recordings, his descriptions. Filmmaker Stevan Riley has painstakingly constructed a riveting […]

39 Steps Off-Broadway

Well, it’s about time that I caught up with this zany spoof/homage. It’s been bouncing around for a decade between London and New York City, on Broadway and Off-Broadway while here in the States, after winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, at the beginning of its 9-year West End run. It’s based on one […]


The heck with well intentioned…it’s just not very good. Why do a major motion picture about the communist witch hunt of the late 1940’s, cast it with a slate of wonderful actors–and then have them play overblown caricatures? And to top it all off, why throw poor deceased legend Edward G. Robinson (played by the […]

Straight Outta Compton

Before it surrenders to some schmaltz by film’s end, F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” is a damn powerhouse. Its racial politics are so incredibly timely and disturbing. Not much has changed since the 1992 L.A. riots, it would appear. Of course, almost everyone carries a camera now, so we keep hoping that makes the […]


I never knew much about, or listened much to, Amy Winehouse’s music. Not because she wasn’t a talent, because after watching the fine documentary “Amy”, the tragic singer obviously was. If anything, it was due to the fact that by the time I began to hear about her on a regular basis, Ms. Winehouse had […]