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I got the chance recently to chat with Thomas Carter, director of “When the Game Stands Tall.”
Pretty much every inspirational sports movie from the past two and a half decades follows the same basic recipe for success. A struggling team of misfits, or sometimes just one underdog, has nowhere to go but up. Then through strenuous training montages and the support of a dedicated coach, the team and/or underdog achieves sweat victory. “When the Game Stands Tall” doesn’t transcend or revolutionize the sports movie formula. It consists of many archetypes and plot points we’ve already seen a million times before. The film does change up the formula in some respects, however, making for a slightly less conventional picture than initially expected.
It took almost eight years for a sequel to Frank Miller’s “300” to hit theaters. Then when “300: Rise of an Empire” finally came out five months ago, it quickly became clear that this sequel never needed to exist in the fist place. The best characters were all dead, the most interesting part of the story had been told, and there was really nothing left to do but throw the same flashy visuals at the audience. It’s taken even longer for Miller and Robert Rodriguez to get a sequel to 2005’s “Sin City” off the ground. Unlike “300: Rise of an Empire,” however, there’s still more than enough character, story, atmosphere to warrant another visit to Sin City.
You won’t find many Dr. Seuss books in the hands of high school students. But the books’ messages can inspire for a lifetime, like this one: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman in the parking lot of Chandler Fashion Square mall.
Did you know IKEA now offers design services and furnishings for small businesses? Or that there is a theater inside the Foothills Golf Club that you can use for your next meeting or event? These are just a couple of the businesses you’ll meet at our third annual Business Expo and Breakfast coming up on Aug. 19 at the Four Points By Sheraton in Ahwatukee. Hosted by the Chamber’s Women in Business, community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the business showcase to see what is new in the Ahwatukee area, and enjoy the networking and giveaways.
Dear Claudia: I am remodeling my master bathroom and I am not sure what plumbing fixtures to use. There are so many choices. How can I find the plumbing fixtures I like?
Three Valley students are returning to school after a July spent doing musical theater in New York City.
The Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre has been chosen to host a special zombie-themed show that has been produced in 11 cities, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco. The show — part of Room Escape Adventures, a live interactive theater production — is titled “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” and allows guests to put their detective hats on in order to solve clues that will help them escape the chained, man-eating zombie.
Horizon Community Learning Center was buzzing Thursday evening during the school’s annual Meet the Teacher night.
A new school year offers students and teachers a clean slate to build and grow a successful educational experience.
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture recently announced the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
My wife and I do some baby-sitting for a single mom we know so she can have some well-deserved “alone” time. Recently, we took her two munchkins to the dollar theater and watched “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”
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What’s with our Republican politicians here in Arizona?
The general consensus seems to be that this has been a disappointing summer movie season. That either means that the standards of moviegoers are going up or they’ve just become spoiled brats. Come on, people. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla” might not have been blockbuster masterpieces, but for what they were, they did provide perfectly solid entertainment. The same cannot be said about “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Now that the latest from Michael Bay is in the mix, the summer movie season must be graded on a curve.
This is the last weekend for families to see Valley Youth Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan,” based on the children’s novel by J.M. Barrie about a little boy who never grows up. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you go.
Ahwatukee Foothills residents won’t have to drive far for a fun night out this summer. Foothills Golf Club will be hosting a night of comedy every last Saturday of the month beginning June 28.
TripAdvisor honored the Orpheum Theatre with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, recognizes hospitality excellence in establishments that consistently receive outstanding TripAdvisor traveler reviews.
Leah Henthorne, 13, was a mere spectator to one of Copperstar Repertory Company’s shows three years ago.
Going to the movies is a great way to get out of the blistering Arizona heat, but Phoenix Art Museum’s Hollywood Costume exhibit, on display through July 6, is worth skipping the theater to see.
Musical Theater class during summer academy at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
The stories of the Lost Boys of Sudan are being brought back to life through a play showing now at Herberger Theater in Phoenix.
Bridget Costello, former director of development at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, has been named managing director for Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) by its board of directors.