Author: M.V. Moorhead

Starpower plus a new spin make ‘Magnificent Seven’ a worthy entry

In Rose Creek, some years after the Civil war, poor farmers hire a gunslinging warrant officer to defend them against the mining kingpin who’s trying to run them off.

Flip Orley returns to his Phoenix roots for four hypnotizing shows at Tempe Improv

An exotic-looking guy in a tux, swinging a pocket watch in front of the eyes of his subject.

Krasinski-Martindale mashup lends heart to American-family tale ‘The Hollars’

The Hollars — Even though the small-town middle American family of the title isn’t especially prone to raising their voices, the name somehow fits just the same.

Film Fare: Streep reaches a high note in comedic ’40s docu-singoff

Florence Foster Jenkins—The title character was a much-loved patron of the New York classical music scene who loved to sing.

Success may have taken this operatic singer away from home but not from his heart

Richard Ollarsaba has packed a lot of music, and a lot of mileage, into the 11 years since he graduated from Corona del Sol High School.

Middle Eastern culture gains momentum at new locale

If you’ve been to Baiz Market Place in Phoenix, you know it’s a well-stocked Mediterranean/Middle Eastern bakery, deli and market.

Starting early helps ensure overall health later in life

If Roxanne Huber or Stacy Tracy had been my childhood dentist, I might have a healthier mouth today.

A hole in 1: Custom-crafting doughnuts one at a time

Eric Davis prides himself on being a creative person, and he’s also a veteran of the doughnut industry.

The BFG: Definitely not Spielberg’s best, but Rylance is a ‘Big Friendly Deal’ nonetheless

The title stands for “Big Friendly Giant,” and the title character is just that—a pleasant colossus (Mark Rylance) whose job is deliver pleasant dreams.

Recalling the time Ali punched me (but not very hard!)

Lots of people have come forward with stories about their encounters with Muhammed Ali over the years. Now it’s my turn.