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Review: ‘Angry Birds’ plays homage to the games, but doesn’t do much to tell its own story

Review: ‘Angry Birds’ plays homage to the games, but doesn’t do much to tell its own story

By MARK VIOLA Our phones have taken over our lives. We all know it. If we’re not taking selfies or checking our Facebook feed, we’re playing games–never at work of…

Review: ‘The Nice Guys’ brings the audience back to 1977 for a hilarious mystery

Review: ‘The Nice Guys’ brings the audience back to 1977 for a hilarious mystery

By MARK VIOLA “The Nice Guys” is everything I was hoping for and more. The often hilarious movie is from writer/director Shane Black, probably best known these days for directing…

Review: ‘Sing Street’ uses the music of the 1980s to tell an engaging coming-of-age story

Review: ‘Sing Street’ uses the music of the 1980s to tell an engaging coming-of-age story

By MARK VIOLA Even in a summer season filled with mega-blockbusters and big-budgeted projects, you can still find smaller, quieter releases. And sometimes, even for someone like me who enjoys…

Review: Avengers fight each other in action packed ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Review: Avengers fight each other in action packed ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By MARK VIOLA In the eight years since “Iron Man” ushered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), its films have welcomed the summer blockbuster season every year but once, and…

Opera House to present murder mystery theater

Opera House to present murder mystery theater

The Opera House Stage Company presents “Virginia Jones & the Inca Revenge,” a murder mystery dinner theater opening tonight (Friday, May 13) at the Monticello Opera House. The dinner theater,…

‘Keanu’ combines the humor of ‘Key & Peele’ and the cute factor of cats

‘Keanu’ combines the humor of ‘Key & Peele’ and the cute factor of cats

By MARK VIOLA For the past several years, the television sketch comedy world has been ruled by “Key & Peele,” which managed to bring laughs and shocked expressions by tackling…

Marshall returns with another holiday-themed ensemble film

Marshall returns with another holiday-themed ensemble film

By MARK VIOLA Famed artist Pablo Picasso had his blue period. For film director Garry Marshall, this is apparently his holiday period. The director, who has given us such movies…

‘Ratchet & Clank’ should entertain kids, but is otherwise quite generic

‘Ratchet & Clank’ should entertain kids, but is otherwise quite generic

By MARK VIOLA One of the most consistently disappointing film genres is video game adaptations. For years Hollywood has been trying to translate a video game into a satisfying movie.…

Review: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is a very generic, fantasy action film

Review: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is a very generic, fantasy action film

By MARK VIOLA Four years ago, Hollywood gave us “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a darker, more action-filled take on the classic fairy tale. Although that film had its flaws,…

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…