Reviews

Molly’s Game

Film review by Steve Duffy – Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut about underground poker is so much fun to watch! Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by…

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Film review by Steve Duffy – With Oscar season right around the corner, there are far better movies to watch than this reboot of a 90’s video game. However; this just may be the popcorn fun cinema experience you need to forget all your troubles.  When four high-school kids discover an old video game console…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film review by Steve Duffy – Many are saying this is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. I will let you be the judge of that for yourself. I will say that Rian Johnson has put his heart and soul into this film and it shows. He executes his thoughts and…

A Christmas Carol

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – The holiday season has officially begun with NSMT’s 27th annual production of A Christmas Carol! Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is an original adaptation by former NSMT Artistic Director Jon Kimbell and members of the NSMT staff, following Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange…

Elf the Musical

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – Fans of this holiday favorite will know what to expect, a high-octane and sugary story about Buddy the Elf.  Erik Gratton is perfect as the Christmas loving elf. He is an over-the-top bundle of energy. Santa, played boringly by Cheer’s George Wendt, establishes the story of how Buddy came…

The Color Purple

Theatre review by Steve Duffy – The Tony-Award winning revival and John Doyle’s musical adaption of Alice Walker’s best-selling novel “The Color Purple” is a must-see! We all know the powerful tale of Alice Walker’s prize-winning novel or the 1985 movie. The story focuses on Celie and her life in rural South.  Adrianna Hicks beautifully…

Justice League

Film review by Steve Duffy – The good news is Justice League is watchable! Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit…

Film Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Film review by Steve Duffy – “My name is Hercule Poirot, and I am probably the greatest detective in the world,” Branagh announces as the story begins. The introduction of his crime solving methods was a great set-up to what should have been a great film. The plot turns when one of the main characters…

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…