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An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
Director: Gareth Edwards
Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler directs and choreographs this perennial favorite. Under his experienced hand, all the well-loved music and humor sparkles, enhanced by brilliant, yet subtle, updates for today’s audience. For an evening of high-octane song and dance in full Technicolor, catch the show at The Fabulous Fox now through May 11th!
This particular show features a dynamic married duo – with Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young of “American Idol” fame leading the cast. These two in particular impress with stellar vocal technique and solid acting skills to boot. DeGarmo performed in the show as a choir kid and said she has long looked up to the role of the Narrator.
Usually a ‘narrator’ role fades into the background as a story takes off; that’s not the case with JOSEPH. Here the Narrator’s songs begin, end, and anchor the entire show, woven seamlessly (for the most part) throughout the rest of the music. Sometimes she speaks directly to the audience, offering a running commentary on the show; at other moments when she seems to act as a character within the story, and steals center-stage with some knock-out songs. DeGarmo rises to meet the demands of the role with great panache.
It seems like just yesterday I was standing in line for the sequel to the original Spider-Man (2000) at the midnight show. Yet here we are ten years later, the franchise has been rebooted, and another sophomore installment is at hand. Spider-Man 2 (2004) was an incredible sequel, to a remarkably strong first attempt to bring the wall-crawler to the big screen (not counting the 1977 made-for-television movie). So we have proof first-hand that sequels can be just as good, and better, than their predecessors. Yet concerns of too many villains and lackluster early reviews had this reviewer and Spidey-fan a bit worried going into the movie. But fear not True Believers – this sequel is just what we needed.
The story picks up a year after left off, following the events of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The web-slinger is more popular than ever after saving New York from Dr. Conner / The Lizard, and is regarded as a hero by pretty much everyone except for J. Jonah Jameson (still no appearance, but we get a pretty funny off-screen cameo in this one; just bring back J.K. Simmons already). Even the police are happy to work with Spidey as he neatly wraps up their villains and drops them off for them. Peter (Andrew Garfield) is still struggling with the mysterious disappearance of his parents and the briefcase his father left behind – and now added to the mix is the death of Captain Stacy (Denis Leary). He is haunted by the ghost of the former captain (his conscience taking its toll) which forces him to break up with his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) due to the promise he made to her dying father that he would keep her away from Spider-Man. Yet have no fears – Gwen is still involved in most of the film.
A couple of years ago, a swiftly constructed reboot to the Spider-Man movie franchise came into fruition brought up angst in the idea of repeating an origin story that is still fresh in the minds of movie viewers. In my review of The Amazing Spider-Man, I had made mention of it being a similar story but not the exact same story. Naturally, one would expect the sequel to up an the ante on multiple accounts for all things Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield); being Spidey, his love interest, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and we cannot forget the particularly unsavory characters seen in the trailers and recognizable to comic readers. Does this movie demonstrate everything a spider can? One would have had to anticipate that line being thrown in here somewhere.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leads off with a flashback regarding Peter Parker’s parents, Richard Parker (Campbell Scott), and Mary Parker (Embeth Davidtz) and serves as something of a continuation to what was seen to the opening scenes of the first film. Going back to the present, it is some year and half (the exact passage of time can be based off of the first film) later, finding Peter, Gwen, and the current senior class of Midtown high moving on from high school. For any other student, it would have just been a normal graduation, but for Parker it has to be something of a balancing act between a crime outbreak being orchestrated by Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti), and being a no-show for his own graduation. Upon his heroic swinging around New York, Spider-Man encounters timid electrical engineer, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who feels special that anyone paid him any mind, and especially someone as high profile as Spidey. To Peter’s surprise, his childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) makes a return into the city which seemingly starts out as a long-overdue reunion shifts into an act of desperation.
This week’s edition of Monday Night Raw was not only the go-home show for the Extreme Rules pay per view, but also aired live from St. Louis. With the pay per view being less than a week away, there was not much hype surrounding this weeks edition of Raw, which was not necessarily a bad thing. WWE programming had to deal with the death of Ultimate Warrior, Daniel Bryan’s wedding, and the death of his father, so it’s forgivable that the upcoming pay per view was not all that touted. Regardless, the past few editions of Raw have been solid and Monday’s show was no different.