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Review: Cumberbatch is stellar as Turing, the WWII hero most people don’t know

Review: Cumberbatch is stellar as Turing, the WWII hero most people don’t know

By MARK VIOLA According to the late Winston Churchill, mathematician Alan Turing made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. I’ve known…

Review: ‘Selma’ provides a much more personal look at Dr. King’s work

Review: ‘Selma’ provides a much more personal look at Dr. King’s work

By MARK VIOLA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the famous and celebrated figures in 20th century American history. This coming Monday is a federal holiday in his…

Review: ‘Taken 3’ offers nothing new

Review: ‘Taken 3’ offers nothing new

By MARK VIOLA “Taken,” released in 2008, was a solid action film which helped actor Liam Neeson reinvent his career and made parents everywhere scared to let their daughters out…

Review: ‘Unbroken’ tells a true story so incredible it’s hard to believe

Review: ‘Unbroken’ tells a true story so incredible it’s hard to believe

By MARK VIOLA The World War II-film “Unbroken” is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, whose life seems the stuff of fiction, as if it was written to…

Gala of Royal Horses arrives in Tallahassee

The Gala of The Royal Horses North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Tallahassee on Friday, Jan. 30. Tickets start at $27 and are available at tuckerciviccenter.com, the Donald…

Medieval fun returning with Hoggetowne Faire

For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and…

Review: Adams shines as artist caught in a lie in compelling ‘Big Eyes’

Review: Adams shines as artist caught in a lie in compelling ‘Big Eyes’

By MARK VIOLA holder. When I first saw a trailer for director Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” I was instantly intrigued, both by the movie and the art of Margaret Keane.…

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ captures the feel of watching a live play on stage

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ captures the feel of watching a live play on stage

By MARK VIOLA Following “Annie,” the second musical adaptation of this holiday season is “Into the Woods,” based on the Tony Award-winning production created by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.…

Review: The biggest surprise in ‘The Interview’ saga? It’s actually good

Review: The biggest surprise in ‘The Interview’ saga? It’s actually good

By MARK VIOLA So how many movies out there can say they produced promises of war by a tyrannical despot and terrorist threats against theater chains showing the film, resulted…

Review: ‘Hobbit’ saga ends with one last battle, but story loses its focus

Review: ‘Hobbit’ saga ends with one last battle, but story loses its focus

By MARK VIOLA After three years–and seven hours, 53 minutes of film–director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” is finally complete. I said in my reviews of 2012’s…