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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…

‘Inherent Vice’ is a weird, trippy movie that meanders to its end

‘Inherent Vice’ is a weird, trippy movie that meanders to its end

By MARK VIOLA I’ve reviewed hundreds of movies over the past eight years or so, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried to review a movie quite like “Inherent Vice.”…

Carell, Tatum leave comedy behind for compelling work in ‘Foxcatcher’

Carell, Tatum leave comedy behind for compelling work in ‘Foxcatcher’

By MARK VIOLA Of the five performances nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, four are for portrayals of real people: Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in “American…

‘Boyhood’ is not a gimmick, it is the ultimate coming of age story

‘Boyhood’ is not a gimmick, it is the ultimate coming of age story

By MARK VIOLA “Boyhood,” from director Richard Linklater (“School of Rock,” “Before Midnight”), was first released late last summer in a limited number of theaters, will most assuredly return in…

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…