‘Martha’ a poignant exploration of cult phenomenon

At the beginning of Martha Marcy May Marlene, the title character—all those names are hers—flees a cult in rural upstate New York. In desperation,...

Animated ‘Ralph’ one of genre’s 2012 bests

When your name is Wreck-It Ralph and you no longer want to wreck things—well, what you got there is an existential drama. The title character...

Epic film redux ‘a rambling, rollicking space opera’

Millennium Falcon picks Tempe for a comeback landing.

Country up-and-comer Laura Walsh to play Tempe History Museum

Story by Chase Kamp Country superstar Toby Keith sang about “a little less talk and a lot more action.” Country comedy favorite Larry the Cable Guy implores all to...

Digital enhancements ensure movie-goers a truly moving experience, literally

At this writing I still haven’t seen Harry Potter and the Receding Hairline, or whatever this one is called. But I did get to...

Latest Pixar offering delves intriguingly into human mind

Get M.V. Moorhead's take on the new Pixar film, "Inside Out," as well as the latest Steven Spielberg movie, "Jurassic World."

‘Dolphin’ tale a quixotic charmer

“From the studios and producers of The Blind Side.” That’s how Dolphin Tale is being marketed. This may strike you as a tenuous aesthetic...

Holy bird smugglers! Where’s Batman when we need him?

The computer-animated kids’ movie Rio begins in the title city, where we see a baby parrot captured for the exotic bird trade. Somehow he...

‘Meek’s Cutoff’ a beautifully crafted survival tale, but ending falls short

If you’ve ever had any romantic notions of being a covered-wagon pioneer on the American frontier, Meek’s Cutoff will be happy to disabuse you...

Despite its shortcomings, ‘Tree of Life’ grows potentially classic roots

The specific subject of Terrence Malick’s new film The Tree of Life is a mid-century, middle-class, middle-American family—dysfunction and tragedy played out in Norman...
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