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Movie review: ‘Quartet’

Charming but toothless, Quartet is genteel light dramedy marking the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman. “I like to see what I can get away with,” the actor, 75, recently said in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail. You’d never guess it from his film’s overwhelming desire to play it safe. While it isn’t … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Les Misérables’

Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) extravagant movie adaptation of the long-running musical version of Victor Hugo’s tale of the haves and the have-nots, is systematically big, loud, splashy, and melodramatic — exactly what it should be, all things considered. Boasting big-budget opulence and a star-studded cast, it doesn’t radically re-interpret Les Misérables, but it does … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Killer Joe’

Bad-boy director William Friedkin (The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A.) has definitely not mellowed in his old age. If anything, he’s gotten edgier and more in-your-face — and that’s saying a lot about the guy whose adaptation of The Exorcist still keeps people awake at night. His latest feature, a screen version of … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Coriolanus’

Veteran actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with a bold adaptation of William Shakespeare’s devastating take on cults of personality. In a bold step, Fiennes has abandoned the story’s original ancient Roman setting in favor of “a place called Rome” that resembles a modern war zone, keeping the original dialogue and utilizing modern trappings … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Ides of March’

Had it been released at a more halcyon time, The Ides of March would likely be dismissed as a self-indulgent political drama. As a cynical movie for an increasingly cynical age, however, its frank look at American politics, especially the double-dealing and backstabbing employed to win an election, couldn’t come at a better time. The movie is … Continue reading

Eric Steele’s ‘The Midwest Trilogy’ at the Kalita Humphreys Theater

Dallas-based filmmaker and playwright Eric Steele, Second Thought Theatre, and Aviation Cinemas have combined their might to produce a unique combination of stage and screen, The Midwest Trilogy, with preview performances at 8pm, March 15-17, and regular performances Thursdays-Sundays, March 22-April 8, at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre. The evening centers around two short films by … Continue reading

Read our ‘Coriolanus’ review at Theater Jones.

Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut tomorrow with a daring and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. The fine folks at Theater Jones have posted my review of it, which you can read here.   – 30 –

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