‘Extremely Loud’ gives fine acting

Despite the title, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a mostly quiet movie, and for quite a while it keeps its emotional distance, too....

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...

“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...

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...

What would Turkey Day be without some video faves?

There are countless well-loved Christmas movies, but Thanksgiving movies are a rarity.

‘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...

Harvard-Yale match a ‘60s metaphor to 2014 politics

Review by M.V. Moorhead So now we know—if we care—that the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will face each other in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. I hope everybody enjoys...

What’s in a name? At McCool’s it translates to good food, good music, good...

At McCool’s Bar and Grill, the name isn’t just a fabrication. The owners are longtime Kyrene Corridor residents Craig and Connie McCool. So if you’re...

At Childsplay’s Wayside School, the fun promises to be 30 stories high

The academic year is well underway, and if your kids are having a hard time adjusting to their school, maybe they need a taste of Wayside School to put things in perspective.

Our film guy lists his top 2011 picks

Phoenix Film Critics Society, of which I am a proud founding member, announced its 2011 Award winners shortly before New Year’s Day. Among those...
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