Despite its rough edges, ‘Love’ really may be all you need

Despite its rough edges, ‘Love’ really may be all you need

He’s been a natty and impressively businesslike 007; he’s dutifully played supporting parts in stuff like Mrs. Doubtfire and The Mirror Has Two Faces; and he’s been superb in a couple of leading roles, notably The Tailor of Panama. He even carries the distinction, in a cast full of embarrassments, of having given the most […]

Wet & Wild

Wet & Wild

It’s often 112 degrees here in the Valley. For years after I first got to town, I’d spend much of the day working outside, reflecting that the cliché was true—it really is a dry heat. By the time I’d collapse on my couch, I’d feel as dried out as a clay pot, as a pot […]

It’s official: Canadian TV picks Tempe’s best pizza

It’s official: Canadian TV picks Tempe’s best pizza

Pizza is a personal thing, subject to each individual’s tastes, familiarities and habits. But insofar as it’s possible to officially declare who makes the best pizza in Tempe, Canadian television has done so: it’s Nello’s, at Southern and McClintock. The reality series Pizza Wars, which pits three restaurants from a given area against each other, […]

Jewish film festival in 17th annual run

Jewish film festival in 17th annual run

The word “Greater” in Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival isn’t there for nothing. The event, which runs Feb. 10 through 24, is spread out all over the greater Phoenix area—although, ironically, not in Phoenix proper. Shows are slated at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale; in the wilds of the West Valley at Harkins Arrowhead 18 […]

He’s back. . .and a secret admirer comes out of hiding

He’s back. . .and a secret admirer comes out of hiding

Much as I would like to avoid any weary reference to his famous Terminator catchphrase: He’s back. After a 10-year hiatus from starring roles so that he could do some temporary state government job, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned with The Last Stand, a simplistic, bloody action picture which is, like Arnie himself, very much of […]

‘Promised Land’

‘Promised Land’

A small town in southwestern Pennsylvania is the setting of Promised Land. It’s not exactly flowing with milk and honey—it’s a broke, fading farm community. But it’s sitting on oceans of natural gas, so two corporate agents, Steve (Matt Damon) and Sue (Frances MacDormand) descend on the all-too-eager locals, offering what seems like a fortune […]

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