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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,…

TCC presents ‘Young Frankenstein’

Tallahassee Community College’s Theatre TCC presents “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein,” which will be performed at Turner Auditorium. A re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’…

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is an address decorated in paranoia & monsters

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is an address  decorated in paranoia & monsters

By MARK VIOLA Less than two months ago, “13 Hours” hit theaters and was preceded by a teaser trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which like its predecessor, 2008’s “Cloverfield,” had…

Review: ‘Zootopia’ brings the jungle to the city in fun and heart-filled movie

Review: ‘Zootopia’ brings the jungle to the city in fun and heart-filled movie

By MARK VIOLA A common question is, “What would the world be like if there were no humans?” Disney’s latest animated film, “Zootopia,” takes that question one step further. “What…

Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a feel-good story about one athlete’s Olympic dreams

Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a feel-good story about one athlete’s Olympic dreams

By MARK VIOLA I enjoy watching the Olympics when they come around every two years. Sure I like some events more than others, but for the most part, just seeing…

Review: ‘Race’ is a compelling glance at Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games

Review: ‘Race’ is a compelling glance at Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games

By MARK VIOLA Any conversation about the greatest Olympic athletes this country has produced must include Jesse Owens, whose success at the 1936 games in Berlin set records that would…