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Donnerstag, Januar 21, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Newsies” is a show that proves eventually everything finds an audience. Initially a 1992 movie starring a young Christian Bale, the musical was an epic flop and one of Disney’s lowest-grossing movies ever. Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for a singing, dancing retelling... [More]

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Freitag, Januar 15, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you were dreaming up comedy pairings, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart might not be the first duo that would pop to mind. But after their buddy-cop movie “Ride Along” became a surprise hit in 2014, these two actors have a bankable chemistry that can’t be denied. Back again with “R... [More]

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Freitag, Dezember 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is probably the most review-proof movie ever released. The reality is it is more of a cultural phenomenon than an actual movie. Whether these movies are any good or not really doesn’t matter. George Lucas proved this by releasing a trilogy of prequel... [More]

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Freitag, Dezember 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Wicked” is one of those productions that is a glorious showcase of all that is wonderful and possible on the stage. Its production values and set design are second to none, it boasts some very strong songs and has universal themes of friendship and staying true to one’s character ... [More]

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Freitag, Dezember 11, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Moby Dick” is one of those foundational tales, a man-versus-nature bedrock, which has permeated so many works of fiction that followed. But the most sensational part of the story, the part with all the boat sinking and angry, giant whales, was based on a very true event. “In the... [More]

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Sonntag, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to get cynical about sequels and reboots when it is clear most of these movies are made for financial, instead of creative, reasons. This is why, at first glance, it is easy to dismiss “Creed” as one last attempt to wring the remaining few dollars out of the fading &ldqu... [More]

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Sonntag, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

What’s great about Pixar is they have built such a dependable brand over the years audiences will give them enough latitude to tell a good story without the pressure to cram in a joke a minute or pander to pint-sized audience members. The latest film to come from the venerable animation studi... [More]

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Freitag, November 20, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is something to be said for a classic. The combination of familiarity, simplicity and timelessness can be a force to be reckoned with if done well. The touring production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” now playing now through Nov. 22, at the Fox Theatre, is a classic ... [More]

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Freitag, November 20, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to slam a vanity project because it is usually an indulgence that seems to be merited more by celebrity than by talent. And even though these movies are usually terrible, they can at least provide some insight into what makes the creator tick. “By the Sea” is the very de... [More]

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Freitag, November 13, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Few things have the power of emotional manipulation like a Christmas movie. You’re already softened up by eggnog and nostalgia and then war hero Harry Bailey raises a toast to his brother, George, the richest man in Bedford Falls, and boom, you’re sobbing into your fruitcake. “Lov... [More]