Review: TSF’s ‘King John’ turns ‘minor’ play into major triumph

KILGORE — It is always a pleasure to stumble across an unexpected gem and the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s “King John” shines brilliantly. When I saw the lineup for this year’s festival I was most excited to see “King John” precisely because I had never seen it, nor even read it. It is an exaggeration to … Continue reading Review: TSF’s ‘King John’ turns ‘minor’ play into major triumph

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Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ is silent surprise

May contain spoilers Ssshhhh… The horror movie genre is the source of some innovative film making lately and, following on the success of “Get Out,” which picked up an Oscar for Jordan Peele’s screenplay, “A Quiet Place” is a taut and clever entry into the field. Directed, co-written (with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods) and … Continue reading Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ is silent surprise

Lies, lies … and great fun

Review: LU theatre's "The Importance of Being Earnest" is terrific entertainment “The Importance of Being Earnest,” is a farce about deception and triviality, but there is nothing deceptive or trivial about Lamar University theatre's latest production. The excellence is in plain view. Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy gets a fresh showing with an ensemble that is … Continue reading Lies, lies … and great fun

Review: ‘Black Panther’ great entertainment for all

The latest entry is the Marvel Comic Universe is the highly anticipated “Black Panther.” While the character does not have the history of other high-powered entries such as Iron Man, Spiderman and Thor, its central hero is the first black superhero to take center stage. It is hard to imagine the pressure that director Ryan … Continue reading Review: ‘Black Panther’ great entertainment for all

Review: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a languid romance

May contain spoilers “Call Me By Your Name” is supposed to come to Beaumont the first week in March, just in time for the Oscars, where it is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Timothée Chalomet’s performance as 17-year-old Elio. This coming of age love story is set in early-1980s … Continue reading Review: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a languid romance

Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ is beautifully constructed cinematic garment

Warning; May contain some spoilers The world of fashion is, by its very nature, a thing of beauty and elegance, which also perfectly describes “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterpiece. Set in the world of 1950s London haute couture, the film revolves around Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, a celebrated designer with a … Continue reading Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ is beautifully constructed cinematic garment

Review: ‘I, Tonya’ a tale of white trash, white ice

Warning: May contain spoilers. The latest based-on-a-true-story movie to hit Beaumont’s screens is “I, Tonya,” the sordid tale of Olympic ice-skating gone bad. Tonya Harding, wonderfully played by Margot Robbie, is not your typical waif-like, adorable teenager that one normally sees on the ice. She is muscular and athletic, with a somewhat abrasive personality. The … Continue reading Review: ‘I, Tonya’ a tale of white trash, white ice

Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘must-sea’ romantic thriller

Warning: This review may contain spoilers Can one really call a film a classic love story when the romance involves a mute orphan and a sea creature? Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” makes the case in favor in magnificent style. Set in Cold War-era 1962, the movie is a sumptuous visual affair with … Continue reading Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘must-sea’ romantic thriller

Review: ‘The Post’ is a nostalgic love story

I am a sucker for a good love story, but not the sappy boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-and-girl-end-up-together type of love story. I mean the boy-finds-government-secrets, boy-gets-government-secrets-to-the-press, press-saves-democracy type. Make no mistake, “The Post” is a love story. Steven Spielberg’s latest film is clearly written to remind us all that despite cries of “fake news” and continual … Continue reading Review: ‘The Post’ is a nostalgic love story