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Review: Miracle on 34th Street cute but lacks classic charm

Though “Miracle on 34th Street” was billed as a “beloved holiday classic,” you might have found yourself disappointed if you went expecting something true to the 1947 film starring Maureen O’Hara.

Friday night...

‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale
‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale

Dark and hazy, relentlessly glum and dull, “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay: Part 1” is the first film in this sci-fi series to refuse to even attempt to stand on its own.

If you haven’t seen the previous films, good...

Review: Lively Baroque ensemble brightens a dreary Autumn day

It may have been cold and rainy Sunday but Red Priest brightened the day considerably. It returned to Charleston with its high-energy take on Baroque music in a concert for the Charleston Chamber Music Society at Christ Church United Methodist....

Pianist makes triumphant return with W.Va. Symphony

When Pianist Valentina Lisitsa was forced to cancel a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with the West Virginia Symphony in January, she offered to return this season and perform both of the composer’s piano...

Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday
Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday

The stunningly unique visual style and sacrificial slaughter of stardom makes “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” a modern day “Sunset Boulevard” — where winning and losing recognition can be a...

‘Beyond the Lights’ a pain-behind-the-music romance that works
‘Beyond the Lights’ a pain-behind-the-music romance that works

Movie Review

“Beyond the Lights” HH1/2

RATED: PG-13 (sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements)

DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood

CAST: ...

Jessie J’s powerful vocals the highlight of ‘Sweet Talker’
Jessie J’s powerful vocals the highlight of ‘Sweet Talker’

After taking the world by storm with her hit songs “Price Tag” and “Domino” in 2011, British singer/songwriter Jessie J seemed to disappear for a while. This year, however, Jessie J came back with a “Bang...

‘Interstellar’ is a movie as ambitious as spaceflight itself
‘Interstellar’ is a movie as ambitious as spaceflight itself

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is the most ambitious science fiction film — maybe ever and certainly since “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Long, filled with lengthy passages of exposition and explanations of...

Disney has another animated winner with ‘Big Hero 6’
Disney has another animated winner with ‘Big Hero 6’

“Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. Based on Marvel comic book characters, it’s a story-driven kid-pleasing mashup of plots,...

‘Fiddler’ a wonderful close to Light Opera Guild’s 65th season

The Charleston Light Opera Guild revitalized a beloved classic for the close of their 65th season with “Fiddler on the Roof,” the heartwarming tale of a Jewish family on the cusp of change, both in their beloved tradition, and in the...

Taylor Swift begins new era with ‘1989’
Taylor Swift begins new era with ‘1989’

At the young age of 24, Taylor Swift is well on her way to taking over the music world. Her fifth studio album, “1989,” not only comes with a new sound, but it creates a new era for her career. It makes it evident that Swift is no longer ...

An unusual trio with new music makes for a superb concert

Musicians who have an interest in chamber music but work outside the usual ensembles of string instruments or string instruments plus piano don’t have centuries worth of repertoire from which to choose for putting together a program.

For ...

The Kanawha Forum 2.0’s spooky songs and restaurant sounds entertain

The enjoyable final concert of The Kanawha Forum 2.0, “Nightmares,” featured an eclectic mix of art songs and numbers from recent Broadway shows mingled with contemporary art music for flutes.

Soprano Elisabeth Baer and pianist...

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