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‘Peter Rabbit’ provides a decent harvest of laughs and enjoyment

‘Peter Rabbit’ provides a decent harvest of laughs and enjoyment

By MARK VIOLA A few weeks ago, I heaped a bunch of well-deserved praise on “Paddington 2,” which was an excellent family film that managed to truly entertain everyone without…

‘The 15:17 to Paris’ is boring slog of a film that never leaves the station

‘The 15:17 to Paris’ is boring slog of a film that never leaves the station

By MARK VIOLA On Aug. 21, 2015, a terrorist attempted to shoot his way through a loaded train crossing the European countryside on its way to Paris, France. His attack…

‘The Addams Family’ paying a visit to FSU beginning Feb. 16

The Florida State University School of Theatre presents “The Addams Family,” opening tonight (Friday, Feb. 16) at the Richard G. Fallon Theatre in Tallahassee. Everyone’s favorite creepy and kooky family…

The Old West has never looked as dark and depressing as it does in ‘Hostiles’

The Old West has never looked as dark and depressing as it does in ‘Hostiles’

By MARK VIOLA When the film “Gravity” hit theaters in 2013, I remember reading a couple of reviews that talked about how everyone has a point in their lives when…

‘12 Strong’ tells the hard-to-believe true war story of heroism and horses

‘12 Strong’ tells the hard-to-believe true war story of heroism and horses

By MARK VIOLA On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists left the United States bloodied. The events were broadcast live to millions of Americans, and the repercussions of that day are still…

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a powerful romance with a beautiful backdrop

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a powerful romance with a beautiful backdrop

By MARK VIOLA When the Academy Award nominations were announced last week, there were nine nominees for Best Picture, seven of which I had already seen. One of the two…

‘Paddington 2’ defies January’s pattern and provides a wonderful family movie

‘Paddington 2’ defies January’s pattern and provides a wonderful family movie

By MARK VIOLA The live-action of “Paddington” was one of the biggest surprises of 2014, at least in terms of movies. It was truly so much better than it had…

Anderson, Day-Lewis deliver again with compelling ‘Phantom Thread’

Anderson, Day-Lewis deliver again with compelling ‘Phantom Thread’

By MARK VIOLA I really didn’t know what to expect from the new film “Phantom Thread” when I sat down in the theater. Story-wise, I only knew what the trailers…

Hoggetowne Fair is going medieval

Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 32nd annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. For two consecutive weekends, on Saturday,…

‘I, Tonya’ is a hilarious, heart-breaking look at an event we all think we know

‘I, Tonya’ is a hilarious, heart-breaking look at an event we all think we know

By MARK VIOLA My mom is a big fan of figure skating. When I was young, she had control over the living room television, so I ended up watching a…

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