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Review: Drugs, gangs and geeks combine for a very funny comedy in ‘Dope’

Review: Drugs, gangs and geeks combine for a very funny comedy in ‘Dope’

By MARK VIOLA Life in high school is never easy for a geek. Jocks. Embarrassment. Girls. (Boys for the girl geeks out there and vice versa for the gay geeks…

Review: Pixar returns to form with truly emotional ‘Inside Out’

Review: Pixar returns to form with truly emotional ‘Inside Out’

By MARK VIOLA Last year was the first time since 2005 no Pixar film hit theaters, and combined with the recent creative slump, a lot was riding on “Inside Out,”…

Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is fun enough that you can ignore most of its flaws

Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is fun enough that you can ignore most of its flaws

By MARK VIOLA “Jurassic World,” which picks up the adventure 22 years after the events of the original “Jurassic Park,” is a solid summer popcorn movie, with great special effects,…

Young Actors Theatre opens final 2015-16 production

The Young Actors Theatre in Tallahassee concludes its 2014-15 Mainstage Season with “42nd Street,” which opens tonight (Friday) in Tallahassee. The musical features a story of hard work, being in…

Review: Look out James Bond! McCarthy is ready to become the next big ‘Spy’

Review: Look out James Bond! McCarthy is ready to become the next big ‘Spy’

By MARK VIOLA There’s no arguing against the assertion that Melissa McCarthy is one of the most marketable and recognizable faces of comedy today. Although she had long-standing roles on…

‘Magical Lamp of Aladdin’ to fly into NFCC June 13

North Florida Community College will present its Community Theatre production of “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin” Saturday, June 13. The play features local actors, community members, students and children as…

Review: Even the Rock can’t rescue ‘San Andreas’ from disaster

Review: Even the Rock can’t rescue ‘San Andreas’ from disaster

By MARK VIOLA The latest mega-disaster movie is “San Andreas,” which like its name would suggest, is about a series of extremely potent earthquakes striking metropolitan California. Directed by Brad…

Bach Parley concludes season

The Tallahassee Bach Parley will finish its concert season Sunday, June 7, by diving into the inner workings of “The Musical Offering,” J. S. Bach’s collection of various pieces using…

Review: ‘Tomorrowland’ is a heady family film that is quite ambitiously fun

Review: ‘Tomorrowland’ is a heady family film that is quite ambitiously fun

By MARK VIOLA Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) is one of those directors whose films always pique my interest. So when I first heard that Bird…

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ finds the right tone for fans of college a capella comedy

Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ finds the right tone for fans of college a capella comedy

By MARK VIOLA Like its predecessor, “Pitch Perfect 2” is a funny, entertaining adventure into the wild world of a capella, although the craziness is upped a bit too much,…

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