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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…

Review: ‘American Ultra’ lights up some laughs along with the violence

Review: ‘American Ultra’ lights up some laughs along with the violence

By MARK VIOLA More often than not, the first impression anyone gets of a movie is the trailer. Depending on the film in question and the budget its studio is…

Review: ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ packs a lot of fun in remaking 60s TV series

Review: ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ packs a lot of fun in remaking 60s TV series

By MARK VIOLA Prior to seeing the first trailer for director Guy Ritchie’s (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) adaptation of the 1960s espionage series “Man from U.N.C.LE.”…

Opening Nights season will feature more than 40 events

Opening Nights season will feature more than 40 events

Florida State University will present world-class performers and introduce new artists to the community during the 2015-16 Opening Nights Performing Arts season with more than 40 events in the areas…

Review: Streep proves she can rock, too, in the heartfelt ‘Ricki and the Flash’

Review: Streep proves she can rock, too, in the heartfelt ‘Ricki and the Flash’

By MARK VIOLA Needless to say, 19-time Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep has portrayed a lot of different characters, and while I have not seen even most of her performances,…

Nothing ‘Fantastic’ to be found

Nothing ‘Fantastic’ to be found

By MARK VIOLA Since Marvel Comics got into the movie-making business with 2008’s “Iron Man,” it has been on a stellar streak, producing 11 great movies with, in my opinion,…