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Indiana Film Journalists (including yours truly) pick movie bests for 2013

December 16, 2013
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"12 Years a Slave" tops the list for Indiana Film Journalists Association. See what else made the list—and where I agree and disagree.
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IBJ Movie Night: 'American Hustle.' Win tickets.

December 13, 2013
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The 'Silver Linings Playbook' stars meet the leads from 'The Fighter' in David O' Russell's look at Abscam.
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'Wicked' ecomonic impact for hit musical

December 13, 2013
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How popular was the return engagement of the blockbuster musical? $4.7 million popular.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Yuletide Celebration' and more

December 9, 2013
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Did you get to see Sandi Patty and company at Hilbert Circle Theatre? Do some book buying at the Indiana History Center's Holiday Author Fair? Thaw your heart at "Frozen"?
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TV's 'Sound of Music' a ratings hit

December 6, 2013
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I'll refrain from Underwood bashing. Instead, here's some good that can come from NBC's live production.
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Review: 'A Christmas Carol Unscripted'

December 5, 2013
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What happens when Scrooge and company encounter a group of talented improvisers and an audience bent on putting off-color words in their mouths? Big laughs.
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IBJ Movie Night: The Coen Bros.' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

December 3, 2013
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Win passes to see the quirky comedy/drama (with music) from the makers of "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."
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You-review-it Monday: 'A Very Phoenix Xmas' and more

December 1, 2013
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Did you jump start the holiday season at the IRT or the Phoenix? Catch a movie on one of the busiest cinematic weekends of the year? What did you do on the A&E front?
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Places I'd Never Been: Indy Hostel concert with Grimm, Marcy and Styka

November 27, 2013
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Imagine you have incredibly talented musician friends. Now imagine them in your living room.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Ice Age Giants,' a high school musical, and more

November 25, 2013
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Pike's first-in-Indiana high school production of 'The Color Purple' highlights an arts-filled weekend. What did you get out to see?
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A&E news and notes: Billboards with Indy artists, JFK's arts legacy, etc.

November 21, 2013
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And what about the movie theater ushers who have to work on Thanksgiving?
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You-review-it Monday: 'Wicked,' cabaret hopping, and more

November 18, 2013
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Did you brave the storm to go see "Wicked"? Meet up with mammoths at the State Museum? Talk loudly at the bar during a cabaret performance?
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Review: 'Wicked' returns to the Murat

November 15, 2013
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The not-so-wicked witch is back in a production that hasn't given in to road fatigue. Flaws and pleasures remain on my fourth trip down this particular yellow brick road.
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Happy 'Odd Couple' Day: a review

November 13, 2013
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"On Nov. 13, Felix Ungar was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife." My request: See ATI's production.
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Ticket giveaway: Indy International Festival

November 12, 2013
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Want to see the world without leaving the Indiana State Fairgrounds? We've got four sets of tickets to give away.
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You-review-it Monday: Lithgow, 'The Odd Couple' and more

November 11, 2013
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Some fine and funny Neil Simon highlighted my arts weekend. What did you see?
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Review: 'An Iliad' at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

November 8, 2013
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One-man show not a homer, but a solid, interesting production. Henry Woronicz stars.
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You-review-it Monday: What did I miss?

November 4, 2013
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I was away for the weekend. Fill me in one what you saw while I was away. Matisse? Patti LuPone A Spirit & Place event?
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'Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind' opens in Boston. But whose play is it, anyway?

October 30, 2013
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Nicky Silver turned eleven drafts by Vonnegut into a play...and added the legendary author himself as a character.
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You-review-it Monday: DK with innertubes, ISO with Pixar, more

October 28, 2013
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This weekend, the Phoenix offered "Rancho Mirage." Dance Kaleidoscope incorporated big round dance partners. And the Indianapolis Symphony musically shared some toy stories. What did you see?

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REVIEWS: 'Once' and 'Smokefall' in Chicago

October 24, 2013
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A low-key movie survives transfer to the stage. And a father's abandonment ripples for generations.
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You-review-it Monday: Heartland Film Fest and more

October 21, 2013
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So what did you get to see this weekend? Chime in with your opinion.
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My two cents on 'The Threepenny Opera'

October 15, 2013
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In which the critic not only wanted to convey his disappointment but also desired to capture his desire to see stronger work from the company. A Brechtian review (of sorts).
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You-review-it Monday: Matisse, Macheath and more

October 13, 2013
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My weekend (which I claim begins Thursday night), included a Mellencamp musical, a top-notch art show, and the season opener for the Indianapolis Opera. Did you see any of the above?
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Review: Mellencamp/King’s 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'

October 11, 2013
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The creators claim they’ve been working on the show for 13 years. I don’t believe in unlucky numbers, but there you go.
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