The Monuments Men-Stoic to a Fault By Phil Noir

I really wanted to love this movie. Based on a compelling true story about American virtue and heroism in World War II, involving art history with great actors, it seemed like the perfect blend for an intelligent, meaningful film. What could possible go wrong? Sadly, plenty. First, the storytelling; The Monuments Men comes across more…

Not Your Mamma’s Musical – No Wait, Yes It Is! By Thea Tagower

MAMMA MIA! is your mamma’s musical and probably your grandma’s and certainly yours – that’s the brilliance of the show built around the songs of the popular group ABBA. Spanning multiple decades of popularity, the music is the big draw, blending sometimes poignant, sometimes silly lyrics with catchy, ear worm-inducing tunes. The show has been around so…

Hey Girl! “Girls Only” is Back In Town By Thea Tagower

The wonderfully funny women of “Girls Only: the Secret Comedy of Women” are back, so gather your female friends and family and head to the Garner Galleria Theatre to laugh yourselves silly. With sweetness, spot-on, universal observations and humor, you’ll be laughing with recognition over all that it is to be the fairer sex. “Girls Only” has returned…

The Legend of Georgia McBride By Phil Noir

Looking for a good night out of great music, laughs, sweet tenderness – and lots of glitz? Brighten up these long wintry nights with a ticket to The Legend of Georgia McBride, now playing at Denver Center Ricketson Theater. This world premiere just might be the start of an entire franchise of film, tv shows and an…

Evita, the Truth Is I Didn’t Like You By Phil Noir

What do you want out of a Broadway show? How do you want to spend a night in a room full of strangers? Where do you want the experience to take you? These questions coursed through my mind as I contemplated Denver’s opening night performance of Evita. This revival, originally staged in 1978, is being hailed as a…

2013 Reviews in Review

You see them everywhere – those year-end wrap ups. Top news events, top celebrity baby bump sitings, top ridiculous quotes from politicians – you name it, somebody’s going to compile it to help wrap up the year with a tidy, numbered bow. Love ’em or hate ’em, we’re joining the bandwagon again this year. With…

August: Osage County By Lotta Buddah

Ah, a nice family post-funeral dinner. Momma hasn’t arrived yet, thus the smiles. I’m spent. After seeing August: Osage County, starring such big guns as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, I’m wiped out, but in a good way. Here are the lessons I learned from watching the story of this totally dysfunctional family that comes together…

American Hustle By Phil Noir

Despite seedy, dysfunctional characters and plunging necklines revealing (nearly) bare breasts of Amy Adams, the film American Hustle is as American and wholesome as apple pie. Midlife crisis con man Irving, played by a bloated Christian Bale, is as much a devoted family man as Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life, and  the ending…

Saving Mr. Banks by Lotta Buddah

After 20 years of unsuccessful wooing, Walt Disney finally succeeds in getting P.L. Travers to even entertain the idea of signing over the rights of her Mary Poppins stories for the making of a Disney movie. We know how it turns out – she does, they do and the movie is a huge hit, beloved to…