Movie Review: ROCKETMAN

ROCKETMAN poster | Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Taran Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley Writer: Lee Hall Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 31, 2019 ROCKETMAN is a lovely, lively biopic of Elton John, as played here by Taron Egerton. ROCKETMAN is also a musical, not the kind that just shows its protagonist in performance, but the kind that shows people dancing in the streets and even floating in the air. To keep things sufficiently earthbound (and, for that matter, moderately plausible), there’s plenty of sex and drugs […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers Screenplay: Anthony McCarten, story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: November 2, 2018 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a story of Freddie Mercury, and the band Queen, in that order. Whether it’s the story of the late rock star and his still-living band mates seems open to question. There is no doubt, however, that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is worth seeing. Rami Malek channels something akin to divine ecstasy when he is playing Mercury […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jake Shimabukuro on JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS

Jake Shimabukuro in JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE IN FOUR STRINGS | ©2013 PBS

Jake Shimabukuro is a Hawaii-born ukulele virtuoso who shot to worldwide fame when a video of him playing George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Central Park hit YouTube and went viral. Filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura has made a documentary about Shimabukuro, his success and his music in the documentary JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS, which airs tonight, Friday May 10, on PBS (check listings for local airtimes). After giving a rousing mini-concert and doing a question-and-answer panel with Nakamura, Shimabukuro makes himself available for a follow-up discussion about his passion for the ukulele, which he pronounces the Hawaiian […]Read On »

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