Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ the same yesterday, today and tomorrow

Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ the same yesterday, today and tomorrow

Review

By Autumn D. F. Hopkins

For the Gazette-Mail

The Charleston Light Opera Guild opened its adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice 1970s musical collaboration, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Friday at the...

Review: Always enigmatic Dylan performs for sold out Clay Center crowd

Review: Always enigmatic Dylan performs for sold out Clay Center crowd

A casual Bob Dylan fan heard almost anything they could have wanted from the Nobel Prize-winning songwriter Wednesday night, except maybe the word “Hello.”

Cimbalom with electric guitar and drums? Yes, please

Cimbalom with electric guitar and drums? Yes, please

By the 1960’s, the mixed chamber ensemble had supplanted the more traditional chamber music ensembles (think string quartet) as the go-to medium for music composition.

REVIEW: “Weird Al” leaves weird fans wanting more after entertaining show

REVIEW: “Weird Al” leaves weird fans wanting more after entertaining show

Sporting red berets, tin foil hats, and even Amish farm garb, the crowd that came out for “Weird Al” Yankovic was a little weirder than the regular audience at...

Review: Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ stubbornly refuses to soar

Review: Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ stubbornly refuses to soar

In “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s haunted and sterile docudrama of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s 2009 landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson, Eastwood has drained away all the superficial, rah-rah heroism of Sullenberger’s...

Review: ‘Morgan’ a cool, if predictable, exploration of AI

Review: ‘Morgan’ a cool, if predictable, exploration of AI

Even if you guess the twist in “Morgan” early on, the title character is still an interesting one.

Review: The beauty and tragedy of ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Review: The beauty and tragedy of ‘The Light Between Oceans’

There is no misfortune too shattering for Derek Cianfrance it seems. The writer and director of “Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines” and now, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel “The Light Between...

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a well-plotted, thrilling trap

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a well-plotted, thrilling trap

To all you Detroit-area robbery crews, we should probably warn you right away: It’s just not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big – and final – score. Take our word for it, walk away.

Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ strums stop-motion wonder

Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ strums stop-motion wonder

Early in “Kubo and the Two Strings,” our hero meekly strides into an ancient Japanese village marketplace the way Toshiro Mifune might have entered a Kurosawa film, but with greater bustle.

Review: ‘War Dogs’ tells a crazy story of young arms dealers

Review: ‘War Dogs’ tells a crazy story of young arms dealers

“War Dogs “ is too good of a true story not to get the Hollywood treatment, even if the end result doesn’t entirely do justice to the moral ambiguities and larger geopolitical implications of one of the craziest hustles in modern...

Review: New ‘Ben-Hur’ stands in shadow of Wyler’s 1959 epic

Review: New ‘Ben-Hur’ stands in shadow of Wyler’s 1959 epic

Remaking a film that won 11 Academy Awards invites inevitable comparison, but the latest adaptation of “Ben-Hur” distinguishes itself from William Wyler’s 1959 epic by retooling key character and story elements. It’s still...

Review: Audacious ‘Sausage Party’ is a delicious feast

Review: Audacious ‘Sausage Party’ is a delicious feast

It’s happened. Someone has outdone the “Team America” puppet sex scene and even made it look somewhat quaint in comparison. Anyone even vaguely interested in the very R-rated animated film “Sausage Party “ has likely ...

Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (pleasantly) stays earthbound

Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (pleasantly) stays earthbound

NEW YORK (AP) – After an exhausting summer buffet of set pieces, superheroes and whatever s-word you might use for “Suicide Squad,” the gentle “Pete’s Dragon” is a welcome palate cleanser. Where other summer...

Review: Antiheros prove no antidote for ‘Suicide Squad’

Review: Antiheros prove no antidote for ‘Suicide Squad’

The superhero movie is at a strange crossroads. It generally either takes itself too seriously (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman”) or delights in not caring a bit (“Deadpool”). The choice, dear moviegoer, is ...

Review: In ‘Jason Bourne,’ a digital dragnet tightens

Review: In ‘Jason Bourne,’ a digital dragnet tightens

Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA. He’s the spy who came in from the cold only to return to the cold, come in again, ...

Review: A touch of humor invades ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Review: A touch of humor invades ‘Star Trek Beyond’

In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a belly-full one. What bold explorations into the farthest reaches of the galaxy ...

Review: Joe Walsh still in the fast lane

Review: Joe Walsh still in the fast lane

On Tuesday night, legendary guitar player and snarky funny man, Joe Walsh, graced the Clay Center stage to play for an enthusiastic crowd.

Review: Cranston goes undercover in drug war drama

Review: Cranston goes undercover in drug war drama

There’s no shortage of drug trade dramas on the big and small screens, and Bryan Cranston has the unique misfortune of having been in one of the best. It makes his decision to go anywhere near that genre again a curious choice.

Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ takes aim at misogyny and scores

Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ takes aim at misogyny and scores

The easy, electric chemistry of the four leads in Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” acts like a firewall against the supernatural and the adolescent, alike, in this spirited reboot of the 1984 original.

Review: Pet lovers will delight in ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Review: Pet lovers will delight in ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Any pet owner who’s imbued their furry or feathered friends with deep thoughts and mysterious intentions will relate to the imagination behind “The Secret Life of Pets .”

Review: ‘Independence Day’ sequel is big, dumb summer fun

Review: ‘Independence Day’ sequel is big, dumb summer fun

If you have any interest in a sequel to “Independence Day,” you’ll likely not be disappointed by the improbably enjoyable “Independence Day: Resurgence .” It’s silly, light-as-air popcorn entertainment.

Review: In ‘Tarzan,’ a questionable return to the jungle

Review: In ‘Tarzan,’ a questionable return to the jungle

Tarzan has been dusted off, his abs polished and his vocabulary spruced up in David Yates’ handsome but altogether pointless “The Legend of Tarzan,” a chest-thumping resurrection of the Ape Man that fails to find any reason for...

Review: Spielberg weaves magic out of Dahl's 'The BFG'

Review: Spielberg weaves magic out of Dahl's 'The BFG'

There's a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known —that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as adults, and sometimes even more so. It's not that it's some...

Review: In ‘Wilderpeople,’ a manhunt for Kiwi farce

Review: In ‘Wilderpeople,’ a manhunt for Kiwi farce

“Flight of the Conchords” went off the air in 2009 but the beat has gone on in the films of Taika Waititi.