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‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is a miserable failure of a nostalgia ride

Independence Day: Resurgence

2016 must hold some record by now for terrible sequels. I’ve seen 42 of the year’s movies, and of the five worst, four have a colon in their title. These are all action movies, and three of the four are sequels. For future reference, an action movie sequel with a colon in the title is… Read More →

Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ mostly shock, little story

Neon Demon

I have never seen so many people walk out of a movie before. And I once saw the midnight showing of The Last Airbender. Granted, The Neon Demon — Nicolas Winding Refn’s hellish landscape of bright lights and selfish souls — is a better film than M. Night Shyamalan’s should-be career ender. The latter upset… Read More →

Review: ‘Central Intelligence’ proves “The Rock” can be funny

Central Intelligence

There are different kinds of cinematic comedies. Some, like the films of the illustrious Edgar Wright, are masterworks that design groundbreaking methods to make moviegoers laugh. Others subvert real life to find its funny side: satires like Dr. Strangelove wittily comment on culture; parodies like This Is Spinal Tap skew popular movie trends. And then… Read More →

Review: ‘Nemo’ fans will enjoy Finding Dory


How does one make a sequel to a beloved movie? Go bigger? Go funnier? Do the same thing all over again? Or just throw every idea at the wall and try not to screw it up? Finding Dory, Pixar’s long-awaited (wait, was it? Was anybody clamoring for this movie? Oh well) sequel to its winning… Read More →

‘The Conjuring 2’ is scary good

Conjuring 2

From the first day of 2016, I was more excited for The Conjuring 2 than most of the year’s upcoming movies. No, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. I usually enjoy them as much as I enjoy sleeping with the lights on. But I am a fan of good movies, and 2013’s The… Read More →

‘Warcraft’ is a movie that never lets up


You know how some movies open with a massive scene that explodes all over the screen, not letting up until the title appears? Indiana Jones has its boulder roll; The Dark Knight its bank heist. In both cases, a low-key scene meant for getting to know characters follows. Warcraft opens with a huge bang of… Read More →

‘Me Before You’ raises level of romantic movies

Me Before You

Few genres have built-in audiences like romantic movies do. I could write an essay on how Me Before You is the most horrifyingly awful piece of trash to poison the art of filmmaking since The Room (it’s not); I could write a scientific proof on how viewing the movie will leave you blind and deaf… Read More →

‘The Nice Guys’ finish first in laughs

Famous movies

You know what they say: when a porn star crashes her car through a house, you know you’re about to have a good time at the movies. Ok, well, nobody says that, but they ought to now. Such is the opening of The Nice Guys, a raucous riot of 70s action that starts insane and… Read More →

Roadhouse Cinemas will open at The Pavilions

Roadhouse Cinema

Scottsdale is getting another dine-in movie theater. Arizona-based RoadHouse Cinema is opening its second location in Scottsdale on May 13. The new location is taking over the former Ultra Star first run theater at the Pavilions Shopping Center at Indian Bend and the Loop 101 after a $3 million renovation. RoadHouse’s second location is in… Read More →

Which are the best and worst Marvel movies?


With Captain America: Civil War enjoying its first week in theaters, it’s about time we look back on all the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — all thirteen of them. Other studios have tried to copy Marvel’s universe, but to no avail: Sony’s Spiderman universe fell apart and DC released two awful movies in… Read More →

Which actor is the greatest Batman?


Another Batman movie, another Batman. As long as there have been superhero movies, different actors have been filling the costumes of the same heroes. Whether an actor or actress grows tired of portraying a superhero or a comic book franchise starts over (again), the role rebirth of a comic book character is almost as certain… Read More →

Drexel Modern American opens Feb. 3 in Scottsdale

Drexel Modern American

Years ago, when Chad Ahrendt, twins Craig and Mark McDowell and their older brother Trevor were attending Saguaro High School, they never imagined that they would open a restaurant in their hometown. They have partnered with seasoned restaurant veterans Kelley Cordova, general manager, and Chris Mercato, director of operations, to open Drexyl Modern American Restaurant… Read More →

Saguaro Scottsdale will host stylish NYE party


The hottest place to ring in 2016 might be the Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel. LIVE 101.5 and Phoenix New Times will be rocking in the new year at NYE 2016: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel. The upscale affair includes a 3-hour premium reception, savory hors d’oeuvres by Iron Chef Jose Garces, midnight champagne… Read More →

Visit Tucson brings the “Top of the World” to Westgate


Visit Tucson, Tucson’s destination marketing organization, is bringing the “Top of the World” experience seen in their new video – featuring the music of country superstar Randy Houser – to Phoenix-area residents this November 21-24 at the popular Glendale destination, the Westgate Entertainment District. With the help of an expert chalk artist, rock climbers and… Read More →