Reviews

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…

Loving

11.4.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving…

An American in Paris

10.28.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Garen Scribner, who portrays ex-solider Jerry Mulligan, and his masterful…

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

10.21.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy – The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, is now playing at the Shubert Theatre. Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey), a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line…

The Girl On The Train

10.7.16 Film review by Steve Duffy – Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, ‘The Girl On The Train’ tells the story of Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until…

Monty Python’s Spamalot

9.30.16 Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Spamalot, now playing at the North Shore Music Theatre through October 9, 2016. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. Monty Python’s Spamalot is sponsored by ASR Roofing Professionals. Spamalot, based on the…

The Dressmaker

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…