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Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ features too much story to tell in the time it has

Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ features too much story to tell in the time it has

By MARK VIOLA In my preview last week for the Wachowski sibling’s “Jupiter Ascending,” I said I tend to like their movies more than most. Of course, they hit the…

Tallahassee Museum will host Matinee of the Arts

In conjunction with Florida State University’s prestigious Opening Nights, Tallahassee Museum will present Saturday Matinee of the Arts on Valentine’s Day. The all-day event will be held Saturday, Feb. 14,…

Review: ‘Project Almanac’ provides a solid time-travel adventure

Review: ‘Project Almanac’ provides a solid time-travel adventure

By MARK VIOLA Time travel is an amazingly versatile concept when it comes to movies, and there have been some really fun and exciting films to use it, including “Back…

Review: ‘Strange Magic’ has pop songs, pretty animation, nothing else

Review: ‘Strange Magic’ has pop songs, pretty animation, nothing else

By MARK VIOLA I’m really glad there wasn’t a camera pointed at me during the first 20 minutes of “Strange Magic,” the animated film from LucasFilms based on a story…

Diverse families face love, loss in ‘Ragtime’

The Florida State University (FSU) School of Theatre presents “Ragtime,” written by Terrence McNally with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and based on the novel “Ragtime”…

Review: ‘Paddington’ is great family fun for children and adults

Review: ‘Paddington’ is great family fun for children and adults

By MARK VIOLA I sat down to watch “Paddington”–based on the character who first appeared in Michael Bond’s children books–with mild optimism but prepared for the worst. What I got…

Review: ‘Mortdecai’ provides cheap laughs but not much else

Review: ‘Mortdecai’ provides cheap laughs but not much else

By MARK VIOLA Sometimes movies simply confuse me, such as those films with dense, incredibly involved plots that may take multiple viewings to even begin to get a grasp on…

Nina, Pinta to be docked at St. Marks Feb. 13-22

Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Pinta and the Nina, will be arriving at St. Marks on Feb. 13 and will remain at port through Feb. 22. During their time…

Comedy, drama and more at Tally Short Film Festival

The third annual Tally Short Film Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7, at the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee. The event will feature a wide selection…

‘American Sniper’: a powerful look at the price soldiers pay

‘American Sniper’: a powerful look at the price soldiers pay

By MARK VIOLA When going to the theater, it’s always interesting to see how an audience reacts when a movie ends. Sometimes you get applause. Sometimes you get boos. Sometimes…