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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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...

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

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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...

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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Out on DVD this week is Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, a sequel to 2006’s Night at the Museum. In the...

A perfect time to dust off some of those delightful Thanksgiving favorites

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There are countless well-loved Christmas movies, but Thanksgiving movies are a rarity. I’m not a much of a fan of 1995’s Home for the...
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