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Review: ‘Fury’ is a horrific, ugly look at the terrible costs of war

Review: ‘Fury’ is a horrific, ugly look at the terrible costs of war

By MARK VIOLA Written and directed by David Ayer (“End of Watch”), “Fury” is brutal, ugly, dirty, bloody, powerful, compelling, heartbreaking, thought-provoking and unforgettable. Although the conditions these characters endure…

Review: ‘Book of Life’ is a vibrant, fun, animated adventure

Review: ‘Book of Life’ is a vibrant, fun, animated adventure

By MARK VIOLA “The Book of Life” is a wonderful, beautifully animated film with a story that doesn’t exactly break new ground, but delivers its message wrapped in package that…

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ is a fascinating, disturbing look at marriage

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ is a fascinating, disturbing look at marriage

By MARK VIOLA Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, who adapted his own work for the movie, the premise behind “Gone Girl” feels like it could be ripped…

Review: Downey Jr., Duvall shine in otherwise cluttered ‘Judge’

Review: Downey Jr., Duvall shine in otherwise cluttered ‘Judge’

By MARK VIOLA “The Judge” is part courtroom thriller, part family drama and part Robert Downey Jr. being Robert Downey Jr. While it boasts phenomenal performances from bown Downey Jr.…

Review: Washington gives stellar performance in ‘Equalizer’

Review: Washington gives stellar performance in ‘Equalizer’

By MARK VIOLA “The Equalizer,” loosely based on the 1980s television series of the same name, reunites Denzel Washington with Antoine Fuqua, who directed “Training Day,” for which he won…

Winners of local Suwannee River Jam audition moving on to finals

Winners of local Suwannee River Jam audition moving on to finals

The 2015 Suwannee River Jam’s second audition was held Saturday, Sept. 27, in Perry at the Country In The Pines Festival. Winning in the solo division were three country singers,…

Review: Laika scores another creative hit with inventive ‘Boxtrolls’

Review: Laika scores another creative hit with inventive ‘Boxtrolls’

By MARK VIOLA Animation studio Laika’s latest film, “The Boxtrolls,” is weird, quirky, funny and will provide laughs to children and adults alike. Although some elements may be a bit…

‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ opens at FSU School of Theatre

‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ opens at FSU School of Theatre

The School of Theatre at Florida State University opens its 2014-15 season tonight (Friday, Oct. 3) with “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” written by FSU Alum Alan Ball. Directed…

Review: Neeson takes a rather creepy ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

Review: Neeson takes a rather creepy ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

By MARK VIOLA “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is not the same kind of action flicks Neeson (“Taken,” “Nonstop”) has been seen in lately, and is in fact quite a…

NFCC Artist Series will include gypsies, tributes and pet theater

NFCC Artist Series will include gypsies, tributes and pet theater

North Florida Community College has announced its 2014-15 Artist Series season, which will feature eight programs. The season begins Monday, Sept. 29, and continues through April 2014. All performances are…

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