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Review: Return visit to ‘Hotel Transylvania’ provides plenty of fun and laughs

Review: Return visit to ‘Hotel Transylvania’ provides plenty of fun and laughs

By MARK VIOLA I recently re-watched “Hotel Transylvania” in preparation for the sequel, the aptly titled “Hotel Transylvania 2.” I remembered enjoying the original and the re-watch produced lots of…

Review: De Niro may be ‘The Intern,’ but he and Hathaway are total pros

Review: De Niro may be ‘The Intern,’ but he and Hathaway are total pros

By MARK VIOLA There are some movies that just feel like they should work solely because of who is involved in making them. “The Intern,” for example, features writer/director Nancy…

FSU presents ‘Some Girl(s)’ at Tallahassee’s Lab Theatre

FSU presents ‘Some Girl(s)’ at Tallahassee’s Lab Theatre

The School of Theatre at Florida State University kicks off its 2015-16 season with “Some Girl(s),” which opens tonight (Friday, Oct. 2) at the Lab Theatre in Tallahassee and will…

Experience Asia Festival to feature music, dance, crafts

Experience Asia Festival to feature music, dance, crafts

The 11th annual Experience Asia Festival will return to Tallahassee’s Lewis and Bloxham Parks on Saturday, Oct. 3. The festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will…

Review: Depp leads a sermon of murder, mayhem in excellent ‘Black Mass’

Review: Depp leads a sermon of murder, mayhem in excellent ‘Black Mass’

By MARK VIOLA Since longtime fugitive and former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s capture and subsequent conviction on 31 counts, including complicity in 11 murders, there has been a…

Review: ‘The Visit’ is a odd little horror film that still provides frights

Review: ‘The Visit’ is a odd little horror film that still provides frights

By MARK VIOLA For young people, perhaps the most strange and alien thing in the world is old people. So perhaps it makes perfect sense that director M. Night Shyamalan’s…

NFCC Artist Series welcomes Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

The North Florida Community College Artist Series opens its 2015-2016 season with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in a performance entitled “The Distinctive Voice” on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2…

Review: ‘Transporter: Refueled’ proves franchise is running on empty

Review: ‘Transporter: Refueled’ proves franchise is running on empty

By MARK VIOLA It’s been 13 years since “The Transporter” first drove into theaters, propelling actor Jason Statham from relative obscurity to a household name. Written by French action maestro…

Review: ‘No Escape’ offers brutal thrills but film isn’t as deep as it wants to be

Review: ‘No Escape’ offers brutal thrills but film isn’t as deep as it wants to be

By MARK VIOLA With all of the unrest and barbarity in the world, it seems like the chances of finding yourself caught in the middle of someone else’s war, especially…

Review: McKellen gives best performance of 2015 as an aging ‘Mr. Holmes’

Review: McKellen gives best performance of 2015 as an aging ‘Mr. Holmes’

By MARK VIOLA With Sherlock Holmes near the top of the current pop culture pyramid, I’m surprised we haven’t seen him investigate a zombie outbreak yet. Give it time, I’m…