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Review: ‘The Big Short’ turns the housing market collapse into a fun movie

Review: ‘The Big Short’ turns the housing market collapse into a fun movie

By MARK VIOLA In 2011, I saw “Moneyball,” a film written by Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) and starring Brad Pitt, which managed to take a seemingly boring subject–baseball analytics–and…

Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ tells powerful story with two wonderful performances

Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ tells powerful story with two wonderful performances

By MARK VIOLA Although he has been acting for some time, it would still be accurate to say Eddie Redmayne burst onto the cinematic landscape last year with his transformative…

Review: ‘Joy’ has great performances, a mostly interesting story, but little actual joy

Review: ‘Joy’ has great performances, a mostly interesting story, but little actual joy

By MARK VIOLA Some directors and actors are well known for working together. You have Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L.…

Review: Will ‘Concussion’ change the way you look at football? Probably not

Review: Will ‘Concussion’ change the way you look at football? Probably not

By MARK VIOLA As far back as I can remember, my sport of choice to watch has always been football. That’s American football, not soccer (the only organized sport I…

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra brings ‘Devotion & Dance’ Jan. 9

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra kicks off the new year with a program full of sentimentality and jubilation on Saturday, Jan. 9. “Devotion and Dance” will open with Luigi Boccherini’s homage…

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”…