Reviews

The Great Wall

Film review by Steve Duffy – “The Great Wall” is not a great movie. I had great expectations for it because it was directed by Zhang Yimou, whose amazing filmography includes some of the most globally acclaimed features to come out of China. Matt Damon portrays William Garin, an ace archer with a really bad…

Race

Film review by Steve Duffy – Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan…

A Dog’s Purpose

Review by Steve Duffy – Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of a devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course…

Something Rotten!

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Something Rotten! is set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam…

Live By Night

Film review by Steve Duffy – It’s the Roaring 20’s and Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long…

Hidden Figures

Film review by Steve Duffy – Hidden Figures is the incredible untold true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These brilliant African-American women working at NASA, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn…

Nocturnal Animals

12.9.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge, and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal…

Mame

12.2.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy – “Life’s a banquet, but most poor fools are starving to death!” This unforgettable Tony Award-winning classic Broadway musical centers on the irrepressibly eccentric Mame Dennis, who lives a carefree life in 1920s New York until she unexpectedly becomes the guardian to her 10-year-old nephew, Patrick. Rather than change…

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

11.18.16 Review by Steve Duffy – The year is 1926, and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American…

West Side Story

11.11.16 Theatre Review by Steve Duffy – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the ‘Puerto Rican’ Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world filled with hate, violence, and prejudice is one of this…