Reviews

The Phantom of the Opera

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – My fascination with “The Phantom of the Opera” began back in 1997 when I saw it for the first time. The Phantom of the Opera made its world premiere in London’s West End in 1986, where it still plays today. Lloyd Webber’s musical thriller has been running on Broadway…

IT

Film review by Steve Duffy – “IT” is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an…

Leap!

Film review by Steve Duffy – 11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. In a leap of…

Young Frankenstein

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Halloween comes a little early to the North Shore Music Theatre…. Young Frankenstein is a monster of a hit musical based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy film masterpiece. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the legend of Frankenstein is the story of the bright young doctor Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) who travels…

Finding Neverland

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning…… Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, this breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration…

Detroit

Portions of Detroit were filmed in Lynn Film review  by Steve Duffy – A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in a multi-day riot. The story is centered on the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of…

Atomic Blonde

Film review by Steve Duffy – Atomic Blonde is based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel, The Coldest City. A high-stakes, global, action-thriller, it takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall’s collapse and the shifting of superpower alliances. Charlize Theron portrays Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, who is…

Dunkirk

Film review by Steve Duffy – In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of…

Despicable Me 3

Film review by Steve Duffy – Gru, now an agent for the Anti-Villain League (AVL), manages to foil supervillain Balthazar Bratt’s robbery of the world’s most expensive diamond, but is unable to capture him. Bratt was a former child actor who portrayed a young supervillain in a popular television series before the show was cancelled…