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Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ captures the feel of both the 80s and college

Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ captures the feel of both the 80s and college

By MARK VIOLA I have no problem with mainstream blockbusters, but I also love finding smaller films destined to become classics in their various genres. Director Richard Linklater has given…

Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ is one of the best family movies of the year

Review: ‘The Jungle Book’  is one of the best family movies of the year

By MARK VIOLA There seems to be no end in sight to Disney’s current run of making live action adaptations of its classic animated films. So far, they’ve had mixed…

Review: ‘Criminal’ is an enjoyable action movie with an interesting story, strong cast

Review: ‘Criminal’ is an enjoyable action movie with an interesting story, strong cast

By MARK VIOLA Some of my favorite popcorn action movies are from the 1990s, including “The Rock,” “Face/Off” and  “Con Air,” all of which were released in either 1996 or…

Review: McCarthy delivers the laughs, but ‘The Boss’ offers little else

Review: McCarthy delivers the laughs, but ‘The Boss’ offers little else

By MARK VIOLA Some actors, especially comedic actors, tend to get typecast in a certain kind of role. Sometimes this is forced on them by producers and sometimes it seems…

Review: Gyllenhaal gives us another excellent performance in emotional ‘Demolition’

Review: Gyllenhaal gives us another excellent performance in emotional ‘Demolition’

By MARK VIOLA Sometimes a partnership just seems like a perfect idea for everyone involved. That was my thought when I first saw the trailer for “Demolition,” a film from…

Review: ‘Midnight Special’ is a tense, engaging thriller with a helping of science-fiction

Review: ‘Midnight Special’ is a tense, engaging thriller with a helping of science-fiction

By MARK VIOLA With the summer blockbuster season almost upon us, I love finding little-known or publicized films. Last year around this time we got “Ex Machina,” which ended up…

Review: ‘Eye in the Sky’ doesn’t pretend there is an easy answer to a messy debate

Review: ‘Eye in the Sky’ doesn’t pretend there is an easy answer to a messy debate

By MARK VIOLA The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the subsequent fights against terrorist organizations elsewhere in the Middle East have long been controversial. One of the most debated…

Review: ‘Batman v Superman’ is a very serious comic book movie, but it’s a lot of fun

Review: ‘Batman v Superman’ is a very serious comic book movie, but it’s a lot of fun

By MARK VIOLA It may have arrived during the last weekend in March, but make so mistake, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the first true summer blockbuster of…

Review: Woodley cannot save ‘Allegiant’ from systemic story & character problems

Review: Woodley cannot save ‘Allegiant’ from systemic story & character problems

With each year bringing additional young adult book series to the cinematic screen–and so few of them actually working–I was pleasantly surprised in 2014 when I saw “Divergent,” the adaptation…

Infamous ‘Hedda Gabler’ makes her debut at FSU’s Lab Theatre

Infamous ‘Hedda Gabler’ makes her debut at FSU’s Lab Theatre

The 2015-16 School of Theatre Season at Florida State University will close with Henrik Ibsen’s infamous “Hedda Gabler,” directed by Fred Chappell. One of the world’s most famous literary heroines,…