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Monday, May 15, 2017

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The Movie Report

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Today, May 15, is my birthday. Your support over the last 22 years and counting of The Movie Report has been and will continue to be an incredibly humbling blessing.

However, it has been no secret that it's been a huge struggle for me to literally simply continue living and breathing last couple of years, and your generous financial support is would be most welcome and greatly appreciated. You can contribute to me directly via PayPal here or use the GoFundMe link here and below.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Movie Report #919, May 12, 2017

The Movie Report

#919, May 12, 2017


MOVIES:
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ** 1/2
  • Paris Can Wait **
  • Snatched ***
  • The Wall ** 1/2
  • The Wedding Plan ***

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Movie Report #918, May 5, 2017

The Movie Report

#918, May 5, 2017


MOVIES:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ** 1/2
  • The Lovers ***
  • 3 Generations **

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Bodyguard makes its bow on the Hollywood stage tonight

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The Broadway-bypassing tour of the live stage musical adaptation of the 1992 Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston screen blockbuster The Bodyguard makes its big splash in Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre tonight, Tuesday, May 2, beginning an extended run in the Southern California area that continues at the Pantages through Sunday, May 21 before moving a little bit south to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, May 30, where it will run through Sunday, June 11. Unfortunately, unlike most Pantages productions, I will not be there to cover and review opening night, which is especially disappointing considering how intrigued I've been by the production since it made its world premiere on the London West End in 2012 with Tony Award winner Heather Headley tackling Houston's role of endangered pop star Rachel Marron. Stage adaptations of hit films with popular soundtracks are nothing at all unusual (Footloose or Fame, anyone?), but I've always found the conceptual approach taken by book writer Alexander Dinelaris and director Thea Sharrock fascinating and why-didn't-I think-of-that?-brilliant. With the six recognizable Houston tracks from the film soundtrack being far too few for a full-blown stage production, instead of filling out the song list with original tunes, a number of big hit singles from Houston's entire career fill out the remainder of the score--thus the show serves dual purposes as an adaptation of the film and as a jukebox musical homage to the legendary career of its late star, whose passing preceded the West End debut by mere months. With none other than Deborah Cox, a Grammy-winning songstress in her own right as well as a seasoned stage musical veteran and the provider of the singing vocals for Angela Bassett's 2015 Lifetime television biopic Whitney, headlining the American tour, at least one knows that it has a perfectly cast lead to not only do the songs justice but more than embody the Rachel Marron superstar aura.

The Bodyguard opens tonight at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and will run through Sunday, May 21; it the returns to the Southern California area at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 11.

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(Special thanks to Hollywood Pantages Theatre)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Movie Report #917, April 28, 2017

The Movie Report

#917, April 28, 2017


MOVIES:
  • Baahubali 2: The Conclusion *** 1/2
  • The Circle **
  • How to Be a Latin Lover ***
  • Phoenix Forgotten * 1/2
  • Sleight ***

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Newport Beach Film Festival 2017 Reviews

The Movie Report

Newport Beach Film Festival

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An American in Paris dances back to SoCal in Costa Mesa

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After wrapping up its Southern California premiere engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood a couple of weeks ago, the First National Tour production of Christopher Wheeldon's stunningly mounted dance extravaganza based on Vincente Minnelli's landmark 1951 movie musical An American in Paris returns to the area tonight for a roughly two week run in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through Sunday, May 7. The beautiful, literally balletic take on the screen classic is most definitely worth a look if one missed the Los Angeles run--or worth a revisit, especially thanks to Wheeldon's terrific, Tony Award-winning choreography. Tickets are now on sale at Segerstrom Center website, and revisit my review of opening night at the Pantages here.


An American in Paris is now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from tonight, Tuesday, April 25 through Sunday, May 7.

(Special thanks to Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Movie Report #916, April 21, 2017

The Movie Report

#916, April 21, 2017


MOVIES:
  • Begum Jaan ** 1/2
  • Born in China ** 1/2
  • Free Fire ** 1/2
  • Grow House **
  • The Promise **
  • Unforgettable **

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