Original ‘Invasion’ still a good scare

If you’re looking for a scary classic DVD for this month of ghouls and goblins, you might consider the original Invasion of the Body...

‘Buried’ frightens with primal terror

October at last! It’s my favorite month in the Valley because it’s the one in which summer begins to give up her stubbornness, and...

‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

The title of Oliver Stone’s new film is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. For all I know, that may be true—my relationship with Money,...

Now that school’s back, nearby Phoenix Zoo becomes an even more appealing destination

A couple of weeks ago I had a strong wish to see a donkey and a howler monkey. This didn’t come out of nowhere....

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Original charm lost in an unrelenting siege of special effects

Possibly the finest hour onscreen for Mickey Mouse was “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the segment of 1940’s Fantasia in which he played the title role. The...

‘Knight and Day’ Cruise super-spy tale more a super-snoozer

Several times in the course of Knight and Day, hero Tom Cruise drugs heroine Cameron Diaz or otherwise causes her to lose consciousness. This...

‘Island’ signals rebirth of Garcia’s career future

Andy Garcia has been around movies since the mid-‘80s, playing gangsters, cops and other steely tough guys. My wife has always had a strong...

“The Big Friendly Giant”

Childplay’s production of Roald Dahl’s modern fairy tale, “The Big Friendly Giant,’’ will run May 1-23 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The...

Sweet Charity

Joel Duke as Oscar Lindquist and Courtney Koford as Charity Hope Valentine star in Tempe Little Theatre’s presentation of the musical ‘Sweet Charity’ at...

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton’s version of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland is a dazzling 3-D visual spectacle that defines the word “fantastic.” From the moment Alice...
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