Reviews

American Sniper

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –   “American Sniper” is based on Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Kyle is a Texas cowboy who enlists after the 1998 bombings of American embassies. He finds his true calling in the Navy and…

Selma

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –   What makes “Selma” such a great film, besides the fact that it is the first major motion picture that focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, is that Ava DuVernay, the director, portrays him as the man he was and does not sugarcoat this specific part of his…

Into the Woods – Movie

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –   Into The Woods is an adaptation of the beloved and dark 1987 musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The story follows a few iconic fairy tale characters whose worlds collide in an enchanted woods, all hoping to find their happily ever after. Cinderella (Kendrick) dreams of…

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     This Christmassy stage adaptation is based on the classic film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.   Stepping into the dancing shoes of Crosby and Kaye are James Clow (Bob Wallace) and Jeremy Benton (Phil Davis), two war veterans who bring…

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –   What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a holiday classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER than to watch him and his friends come to life on the stage. Based on the classic 1964 television special, the stage show closely follows the (verbatim) the North Pole adventures…

Review – Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –   There is no better way to kick-off the holiday season then with Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” As a Boston holiday staple for many families, it is the perfect show to start revisiting or creating new holiday memories.   The first act begins at the Stahlbaums’ home, where…

Review – The Trip to Bountiful

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     The Trip to Bountiful is based on Oscar®, Pulitzer Prize, and Emmy Award winning author Horton Foote’s Tony Award nominated play. It is a story that is both courageous and moving that celebrates of the human spirit. Set in the 50s, the story focuses on Mrs.…

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy – “Mockingjay” picks up where “Catching Fire” left off. The Games are finished and the battle begins. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the reluctant warrior and symbolic Mockingjay of District 12 after inspiring the nation during the first two games. This film is all about Jennifer Lawrence and the…

Review – Dumb and Dumber To

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –     Dumb and Dumber To is set 20 years after the first film. Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are still the same buffoons but a lot older.   If you recall from the first film, Harry and Lloyd mention a woman named Fraida Felcher. The…

Review – Annie the Musical

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Leapin’ Lizards! America’s best-loved orphan is back. This production of Annie is a brand new embodiment of the original 1977 production. Annie includes all of your favorite songs, “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and Annie’s anthem, “Tomorrow.” 9 year-old Issie Swickle who plays Annie was simply a delight to watch. She seemed comfortable…