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Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, LEGO will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every LEGO box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. LEGO has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion LEGO pieces later, we get “The LEGO Movie.”
The Mountain Pointe baseball team his hosting “A evening with Clint Hurdle and Jay Bell.”
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and former Diamondback Jay Bell are participating in a Mountain Pointe baseball fundraiser.
Just got word of what might be one of the greatest fundraising events for a high school sports team.
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse.
Seven years ago, director Paul Greengrass gave us “United 93.” Greengrass’ vision was bold and pulled no punches, easily making it the best post-9/11 film to date. Everything Greengrass brought to the table in “United 93” is displayed in “Captain Phillips.” This is another intensely shot, authentically edited true story about ordinary people forced to step up during a catastrophe. Is it the masterpiece that “United 93” was? Not quite, but that’s a really tough act to beat.
If you saw Paul Greengrass's "United 93," a terrifying depiction of one of the doomed flights on 9/11, you know this director can evoke a harrowing, real-life event like few others. In fact, you may not have recovered yet from the experience.
Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were.
Downtown Mesa celebrates its monthly 2nd Friday Night Out with a pirate-themed block party featuring cosplay, prizes and more. Attendees of the art walk are invited to come dressed as a pirate and participate in a “Talk Like a Pirate” contest and a best pirate costume contest. There will be a balloon fencing contest and a “Walk the Plank” activity for kids, fencing demonstrations, live music, dining, art and one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. The block party will be held 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in Downtown Mesa. For more information, call (602) 318-5689 or visit 2ndfridaynightout.com.
On Jimmy Buffett’s first album in four years, “Songs From St. Somewhere,” the mayor of Margaritaville returns to mixing softly swaying beach tunes with pirate tales of foreign intrigue and social commentary. The problem, however, is Buffett’s voice doesn’t sound nearly as engaged as his imaginative songwriting and a few turns with inspired guests.
On and off screen, it's been a bruising summer for Hollywood.
If you had told me a month ago that my Oscar predictions would look anything like this, I probably would have advised you to go do a little more research. “Argo” poised for the Best Picture win sans a Best Director nod? Unthinkable. Emmanuelle Riva and Naomi Watts as viable Best Actress contenders against youthful powerhouses like Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain? You’re pulling my leg.
Created by Arizona native Timothy Reckart, “Head Over Heels” puts an imaginative, whimsical twist on the tale of a married couple grown apart – he lives on the floor while she lives on the ceiling.
The AZ Pirates, a 13U AAA/Majors team, is hosting tryouts from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Sun Ray Park, 4059 E. Ray Road.
The AZ Pirates, a 13U AAA/Majors team, is holding tryouts on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Sun Ray Park, which is located at 4059 E Ray Rd.
Samantha Anderson won the Talent and Most Photogenic Jr. Teen division of National American Miss state pageant last July in Scottsdale. She received $600, a $500 Barbizon Modeling Scholarship, and the opportunity to compete in NAM All-American pageant in Anaheim, Calif. The final pageant will be Nov. 25.
After numerous incarnations in film, theater, television, opera, and radio, Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” has become one of the most heavily adapted novels of all time. Unless somebody can do something really original with the material, there isn’t much need to revisit “Anna Karenina” again. The latest version from director Joe Wright makes a few attempts to reinvent the exhausted story, such as setting a majority of the narrative in a theater house. While this direction is ambitious, it still doesn’t make the material particularly fresh. If anything, Wright’s distracting staging customarily makes the whole film feel overblown and pretentious. Much like Lars von Trier’s stagy “Dogville” from almost 10 years ago, Wright’s “Anna Karenina” is too self-righteous and in love with itself for the audience to love it back.
“That movie would have been infinitely better if it had been shown in 3-D.” I cannot speak for the rest of the movie going population, but this is one sentence I will never utter walking out of a cineplex. That is not to say 3-D technology is completely expendable. With the right movie, 3-D can be effectively exploited and have an enriching impact on a cinematic experience. In a majority of cases though, 3-D merely acts as a shameful method for the studio to increase the ticket price. Some people buy into the assumption that 3-D makes a movie appear more realistic and integrates the audience into the action. When not properly executed, however, 3-D can have dark, dreary and distracting consequences on a film originally shot in 2-D. In that sense, 3-D not only robs the audience of an extra $3, but also takes them out of the motion picture.
Ahwatukee Foothills couple Michael and Jenifer Corey don’t mess around when it comes to their annual haunted house.
Jack Skellington and many old favorites from “Halloween Town” have taken over “Ahwatukee Town” once again at the Powers home.
It’s just the beginning of October, but for some it’s not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.
The Ahwatukee Pirates 11U AAA Baseball Program will be hosting tryouts Aug. 4-5 at Sunray Park from 9:45 a.m. to noon for the upcoming club baseball season, which is September through February.