Diversions

Ben Platt’s performance makes ‘Evan Hansen’ worth seeing despite film’s inconsistency, flaws

What makes the uneven Dear Evan Hansen worth watching is the performance of Ben Platt in the title role.

Curtain rises again — finally — as the iconic Tempe Center for the Arts weathers the pandemic

Tempe Center for the Arts is reopening after being closed for well over a year due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tammy Faye Bakker comes off as lovable media personality and pop-culture icon in new film

Jessica Chastain is gaining recognition for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Actor Sean Penn’s painfully believable portrayal adds some redeeming value to R-rated ‘Flag Day’

Film Fare . . . with M.V. Moorhead Based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2004 memoir Flim-Flam Man, "Flag Day" is roughly the zillionth telling of one of the perennial American dramas: The relationship with...

Director Shyamalan unable let his latest venture ‘Old’ age very gracefully

In writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's "Old," his latest release, the characters at a secret beach resort age rapidly. 

Grimness of ‘Black Widow’ offset by acting . . . and even a bit of jocularity

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script by Eric Pearson, "Black Widow" is everything that Marvel movies usually are: well-made, absorbing, overlong, uneven.

Lavish ‘Cruella’ deserves popularity despite drawn out, weighty narrative

Cruella is a fairly enjoyable spectacle, overall, but, like Maleficent, it shrinks its title character a bit.

In ‘Mortal Kombat,’ R-rating means kids stay away — and maybe you, too

There are plenty of gory scenes that might scare kids in the new "Mortal Kombat."
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