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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…

Review: Wallis charms as ‘Annie’ but pacing, autotune sink film

Review: Wallis charms as ‘Annie’ but pacing, autotune sink film

By MARK VIOLA I’m a latecomer as far as musicals are concerned, but the more I watch, the more I enjoy them, whether it is a live stage play or…

Review: Pacing issues, story problems suck the energy out of ‘Exodus’

Review: Pacing issues, story problems suck the energy out of ‘Exodus’

By MARK VIOLA This has definitely been a year for Bible movies, with two of the most famous Old Testament stories getting big-budget adaptations, first Darren Aronofsky’s controversial take on…

Five million lights at Stephen Foster Park

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park’s 20th annual Festival of Lights has begun and will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 31, displaying more than five million lights throughout the park.…

Review: Bollywood meets Canada in uneven rom-com ‘Dr. Cabbie’

Review: Bollywood meets Canada in uneven rom-com ‘Dr. Cabbie’

By MARK VIOLA Bollywood, for those who don’t what that means, refers to one of the largest film producing locales in the world, centered around Mumbai, India. Like movies made…

NFCC presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Sunday

North Florida Community College is partnering with Shannon McCook of Danceology from Live Oak for a “community production” of “The Nutcracker” by Dance Alive National Ballet on Sunday, Dec. 14,…

Laugh Out Loud comedy tour coming to Tallahassee

J/C Media Company LLC brings an all new comedy tour, Laugh Out Loud, starring Deray Davis, Michael Blackson, and Benji Brown and hosted by Rob Stapleton, to the Donald L.…