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A view of The Room

In 2003, unsuspecting moviegoers were introduced to The Room, a low-budget drama that marked the auspicious feature debut of writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau. Reaction to the film was swift and immediate: It was a catastrophe. Self-absorbed, ...
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Ten great (and two interesting) Works with Triad associations

Ten Great (and Two Interesting) Books, Blu-rays, Albums and Songs by, about or starring People connected with the Triad In no particular order, other than that the bad-but-fun one and the interesting one are at ...
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Video Vault – Jan 4, 2017

MARK BURGER’S VIDEO VAULT DVD PICK OF THE WEEK “THE TWILIGHT ZONE”: THE COMPLETE SERIES (CBS DVD/Paramount): You simply can’t go wrong with Rod Serling’s immortal television anthology. Nearly 60 years after its premiere, it ...
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BRIEF AND INTENSE: Short reads to keep you literate in ...

So, you’ve made a resolution to read more books in 2017—an admirable resolution as so many are—but how the devil to do it? You can’t expect to have more time and there’s a new series ...
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Fresh productions and new spaces for a New Year

At the start of each year, it’s exciting to look down the road, see what each local theatre has in store, and mark your calendars accordingly. And it looks like 2017 has plenty of comedies, ...
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The holidays are sadly over, but the silver lining is that businesses, including our local theatres, are getting back to their normal hours. Saturday, Theatre Alliance is presenting a staged reading of The Rose Tattoo, ...
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Dirty turns thirty

For all the incurable romantics who revere Dirty Dancing (1987), you’ve got a big-screen treat in store just before Valentine’s Day. Once again, Fathom Events, which has brought such classics pictures as Dr. Strangelove (1964), ...
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New on Netflix and Amazon Prime for January

Ian’s Picks (all Netflix, as new Amazon pickings seem pretty dire this month) Superman the Movie (1978) and Superman 2 (1980). Richard Donner’s original is overlong and inconsistent in tone and Richard Lester’s sequel has ...
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Video Vault – Dec 28, 2016

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (Wild Eye Releasing): Documentary filmmaker Andrew Leavold’s 2007 feature debut makes its DVD debut ($14.95 retail) in a special edition that includes audio commentary, extended ...
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From girl power to new theatres, the best of 2016

This year wasn’t just full of laugh-out-loud comedies, intense dramas and moving ballets. To me, the highlight reel of the performing arts in 2016 is marked by the powerful voices that had something to say. ...