Reviews

Film Review: Suburbicon

Film review by Steve Duffy – Is Suburbicon the perfect place to live as told in the kitschy opening scene? For George Clooney’s sixth directorial project, he takes us back to 1959 where Dad works 9-5 and Mom is the perfect stay-at-home wife. Suburbicon is unused Coen brother’s black comedy that Clooney and his writing…

Fun Home

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Fun Home is the 2015 Tony Award winner for best musical and a pure joy to watch. The story is adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, which is a look into her very personal childhood dealing with her coming to terms with her sexual identity and her repressed gay…

Blade Runner 2049

Film review by Steve Duffy – Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former…

Evita

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Briana…

Stronger

Film review by Steve Duffy – Stronger is based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman and Brett Witter. Some may say it is it too soon to see another movie about the Boston Marathon bombings. No one wants to relive the horrible events that forever changed our city, but also made us stronger. What I…

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…