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Review: It’s not perfect, but ‘The Force Awakens’ is the ‘Star Wars’ we’ve been looking for

Review: It’s not perfect, but ‘The Force Awakens’ is the ‘Star Wars’ we’ve been looking for

By MARK VIOLA So it’s finally here, the most anticipated movie of 2015: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fans of the venerable science fiction franchise have been waiting with bated…

Celebrate New Year’s in Tallahassee

Downtown Tallahassee will come alive with music, food, fireworks and more on Thursday, Dec. 31. The free community celebration takes place at the Adams Street Commons beginning at 7 p.m.…

Epic true story in ‘The Heart of the Sea’ sunk by sloppy editing, special effects

Epic true story in ‘The Heart of the Sea’ sunk by sloppy editing, special effects

By MARK VIOLA Although it was considered a financial failure during its author’s life, Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” has become one of the famous and celebrated American novels of all…

Tallahassee Ballet brings ‘The Nutcracker’ to life

Tallahassee Ballet is encouraging everyone to treat themselves to “one of the holiday season’s most treasured and adored” performances, “The Nutcracker.” “Share the excitement and magic with your family and…

Review: ‘Creed’ is a great ‘Rocky’ movie while also being a great ‘Creed’ movie too

Review: ‘Creed’ is a great ‘Rocky’ movie while also being a great ‘Creed’ movie too

By MARK VIOLA My dad was a fan of boxing, but the sport never really drew me in as a fan. Maybe that’s why although I love movies, the “Rocky”…

Review: Ronan gives one of the best performances of the year in the very powerful ‘Brooklyn’

Review: Ronan gives one of the best performances of the year in the very powerful ‘Brooklyn’

By MARK VIOLA Although I first saw actress Saoirse Ronan in 2008’s “City of Ember,” I really took notice of her acting talent in Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and…

Review: ‘Spotlight’ tells the story behind the story which broke the story

Review: ‘Spotlight’ tells the story behind the story which broke the story

By MARK VIOLA On Jan. 6, 2002, the Boston Globe published the first in a series of stories about systemic child abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in the Boston area…

Review: With ‘Good Dinosaur,’ Pixar lays an egg

Review: With ‘Good Dinosaur,’ Pixar lays an egg

By MARK VIOLA After several years wallowing in a creative slump, Pixar Animation returned with a bang this past summer with the imaginative, emotional “Inside Out.” With two movies scheduled…

Review: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is a dark thriller

Review: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is a dark thriller

By MARK VIOLA Each year when I’m preparing my Academy Award predictions, I enjoy watching the trailers for the Best Foreign Language nominees, most of which I never get a…

‘A Christmas Carol’ will become ‘live’ radio play

For two nights, Perry Theatre will return patrons to the imagination-filled days of yesteryear, when radio dramas were performed before a live audience. “A Christmas Carol: Radio Play” will be…