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Saturday, February 23, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s tough to get more iconic than “Fiddler on the Roof” when it comes to musicals. This bittersweet depiction of Jewish life in Russia at the dawn of the 20th century has been performed everywhere from the lights of Broadway to countless high school auditoriums. The show is t... [More]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

  As both a film nerd and a history nerd, I have a standing protest against the very idea behind the new WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.” Gimmicks like colorization and adding 3D and sound to historical footage are typically barriers to the original, first-take view of hi... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

M. Night Shyamalan just stuck the landing on one of the most unconventional trilogies in cinematic history. It started with “Unbreakable,” his slow-burn take on comic-book mythos that came out in the year 2000 in the middle of the writer/director’s meteoric rise to superstardo... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musicals can take many paths from inception to the stage. The more convoluted the route, the greater the degree of difficulty in making something worthwhile. “Anastasia” is a great example of the perils of taking the long and winding road. The show is loosely based on the 1997 anima... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

When it comes to musical theater spectacle and pathos, you’ll be hard pressed to find any show doing that combination better than “Les Miserables.” The show still packs a punch here in 2018, as proven by the touring production playing now through Dec. 16, at the Fox Theatre. ... [More]

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

J.K. Rowling could have easily just taken her hundreds of millions of dollars from her creation of the “Harry Potter” universe and happily spent the rest of her life without dreaming up any more magic spells or silly wizard names. Instead, she switched from novels to screenplays, pe... [More]

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Friday, November 9, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

I’ve never really understood the need to mess with perfection. The 1966 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is about as classic as holiday entertainment gets. Helmed by Looney Tunes directors Chuck Jones and Ben Washam and narrated by Bori... [More]

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Friday, November 9, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

The music of Queen has permeated my entire life. My parents were fans and even though a requirement of growing up is you reject the things your parents like, Queen was just too cool for me to kick to the curb. I even passed the bug on to my own kids who happily sing along to “Another One Bites... [More]

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Friday, October 12, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

A group of strangers thrown together by happenstance in a secluded location where murder and mayhem bubbles beneath the surface is a plot convention that has been used by everybody from Agatha Christie to Quinten Tarantino. In the hands of writer/director Drew Goddard (the filmmaker behind the ... [More]

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Friday, October 12, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Hollywood spends a lot of time in outer space. From a galaxy far, far away to “Houston, we have a problem,” movies have been taking us to space since humans invented celluloid (almost literally, as one of the first movies ever made was Georges Melies' “A Trip to the Moon”). ... [More]