Reviews

The Dressmaker

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9.23.16 Film Review by Steve Duffy – The Dressmaker (based on the book by Rosalie Ham) tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet). After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to a town in the Australian outback to reconcile with…

The Light Between Oceans

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9.2.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Based on the popular 2012 novel by M. L. Stedman, the film tells the story of Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a lighthouse keeper and war veteran, and his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), who  are living off the coast of  Western Australia. One day, the couple rescue a baby…

Singing in the Rain

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8.26.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy –  Get your umbrellas, because it’s raining at NSMT! 1920s Hollywood is the setting for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, a zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.…

Ben Hur

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8.19.16 Review by Steve Duffy – The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is of a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves, Judah is forced into slavery. After years…

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

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Review by Steve Duffy – For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall…

Suicide Squad

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Review by Steve Duffy – The DC Universe may have flopped with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they have set themselves up for success with this super-villain antihero Suicide Squad. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Figuring it has nothing…

If/Then

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Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Newly divorced Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), an urban planner, moves to New York City for a fresh start. She meets her friends Kate (Tamyra Gray), a kindergarten teacher, and Lucas (Anthony Rapp), a community organizer. Kate suggests that Elizabeth start using the name “Liz” and seek out new experiences while…

Matilda the Musical

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Theatre review by Steve Duffy – The kid-packed musical has finally arrived at the Boston Opera House! “Matilda the Musical” is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl which was turned into a movie. The musical centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves…

Me Before You

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Film review by Steve Duffy –  Adapted from the 2012 bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, “Me Before You” tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman (Emilia Clarke) and the wealthy, paralyzed Londoner (Sam Claflin) who hires her as his caretaker. Clarke is perfect as the bubbly…

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Film Review by Steve Duffy:  Alice Through the Looking Glass Set a few years after Wonderland, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has been following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a difficult decision that may determine what she’s going to do during the rest of her…