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Paranoia: Not Paranoid Enough—Movies

August 27, 2013

There’s a reason why Liam Hemsworth should be paranoid. A fairly standard corporate thriller becomes a little bit more interesting as soon as Gary Oldman starts chewing up the scenery. Add to the mix a bald (yes, bald) Harrison Ford who seems to be having the time of his life. Finally, throw in Richard Dreyfuss for good measure and you have three old pros hamming it up and stealing “Paranoia” right from under Hemsworth’s handsome nose.Paranoia

Directed by Robert Luketic and written by Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy), based on Joseph Finder’s novel, “Paranoia” is the story of Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth), a smart IT/business wiz working as a grunt in Nicolas Wyatt’s (Gary Oldman) company. After a group presentation of which Cassidy is part fails to impress Wyatt, the group goes out to a high-end club to commiserate on the company’s dime. Although that night brings Cassidy a one-night fling with Emma Jennings (Amber Heard), his lapse in financial judgment—using the company’s card to pay for the group’s expensive drinks—also leaves him vulnerable to blackmail by Wyatt. To make his card troubles go away, Cassidy agrees to perform corporate espionage on Wyatt’s bitter rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford) and his company. To go into more detail would only give away some of “Paranoia’s” minor pleasures. Let’s just say there’s a lot more scenery chewing.

As noted earlier, the supporting testosterone-laden cast seems to be enjoying itself immensely. In addition to Oldman and Ford, it’s fun to see Richard Dreyfuss back on the screen as Cassidy’s father. Never mind that it stretches all credulity believing that someone of Dreyfuss’ petite stature could produce a son the size of the gigantic Hemsworth. Just enjoy him.

Poor Liam Hemsworth. If he was hoping this film would be his breakout role—separating him forever from his brother, Chris—and bring him more serious work, “Paranoia” is not yet it. He’s very cute, but there’s nothing to differentiate him from his fellow young actors. And to make matters worse, his supposed Brooklyn accent is the exact same, not very good one used by fellow Aussies Russell Crowe (“Broken City“) and Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace“) when called upon to play New Yorkers. Perhaps the next installment of The Hunger Games will give him more of an opportunity to shine.

A thriller isn’t a bad way to spend lull away the afternoon or evening in a summer full of special effect movies with way over the top music. It’s just too bad that “Paranoia” isn’t more thrilling.

1 ½ nuggets out of 4

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: Acting Conquers the Texas Hills—Movie

August 26, 2013

You might leave the movie theatre thinking “what the H was that?” But immediately afterwards you’ll be saying, “Man, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara were terrific.” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” written and directed by David Lowery, has a very Terrence Malick feel to it in term of pacing, photography and scope. That’s not always a good thing, but outstanding acting saves the movie from its own weight.Ain't them bodies saints

We’re never told, but the film looks to be set in the late 60s or early 70s in the hills of Texas. Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) are young lovers who also happen to be thieves. In an attempted robbery gone wrong, Ruth wounds lawman Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster). Bob takes the fall for the pregnant Ruth and goes to prison, promising Ruth he’ll be back for her.

In prison, Bob writes Ruth beautiful letters, reaffirming his commitment to her and it’s there that he learns that Ruth has given birth to a daughter. While he’s in prison, Ruth goes about raising her daughter under the not too distant watch of her neighbor and benefactor, Skerritt (Keith Carradine). We’re never sure what Skerritt’s intentions are, but it’s clear he’s got a thing for Ruth. Ruth has also caught the eye of Wheeler, although he’s unaware that she was the person who shot him. When Bob breaks out of prison, all of these lives intersect yet again.

Casey Affleck has yet to give a bad performance, even in something as inane as “Ocean’s Eleven.” But he really shines in small, moody pieces and he is superb in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Rooney Mara is every bit Affleck’s equal, portraying vulnerability and toughness at the same time. The two of them play off one another beautifully.

The film’s supporting cast is extremely good. Carradine is right at home in the Texas hills and this enigmatic role fits him to a tee.  Foster is terrific as Ruth’s shy suitor. And, finally, Nate Parker as Bob’s friend, Sweetie, and Rami Malek as the scared man forced to help Bob with his escape, give outstandingly real performances of friendship and fear.

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” isn’t always easy to follow, but the film’s phenomenal acting will make you glad you came and stuck it out.

2 ½ nuggets out of 4

The World’s End: Rush To Get Your Pint—Movie

August 25, 2013

“We’ll always have the disableds.” Not quite the same as “Casablanca’s ” “We’ll always have Paris,” but in a wacky way the sentiment is the same and if the insanely witty appeals to you, “The World’s End” is just your pint of ale.World's End

Directed by Edgar Wright and written by  Wright and Simon Pegg, the same twosome who brought us the hilarious “Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End” is one of the, if not the most, bizarrely funny and clever movies you’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how someone thinks up this kind of story, but I’m glad someone is warped enough to do just that.

“World’s End” begins June 22, 1990 in Newton Haven, England, when a young Gary King and his band of friends decide to finish their school career with a pub crawl through town—one night, five guys, 12 pints, 12 pubs, with the final pub being World’s End. They never make it that far, but for Gary, that was the best night of his life and nothing has topped it since.

The action shifts to the  present day. Gary (Simon Pegg) is in an AA –type meeting when he has an epiphany. He decides to look up his old friends and get them to go back to Newton Haven with him and do the pub crawl all over again, this time completing it.

At first Gary’s friends are hesitant on joining him. Seemingly they have moved on with their lives. Gary wears them down one by one—Oliver (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost). Andy is the most reluctant. It’s obvious that something happened between the two of them that long ago night, but he puts his misgivings aside and joins the group. And they’re off—in Gary’s “beast” of a car—with 90s music blasting from Gary’s tape deck. It’s all a rollicking sight to behold. Early on in Newton Haven the group meets up with Oliver’s sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike). It’s clear that both Gary and Steven had crushes on her and that renewed rivalry makes for a very sweet side story. The crawl begins and it’s not exactly going as Gary remembered. He spends much of his time trying to convince a now abstinent Andy to down a pint. Then Gary takes a trip to the men’s room…and YIKES! Nothing in “World’s End” is what you expect…and that is putting in mildly.

The ensemble cast is amazing. Simon Pegg is fabulous as the Peter Pan-like Gary, longing for and trying his best to live in the past, not realizing that the best may be ahead. But Pegg is willing to share screen time and each character has his/her turn to shine…even Pierce Brosnan…yes, Pierce Brosnan.  Eddie Marsan may be the most familiar to American audiences and he is terrific as the sweetly shy friend. Paddy Considine is great as Gary’s rival for Sam’s affection. Martin Freeman is very funny as the never unplugged salesman.  Rosamund Pike finally gets to show some acting and comedic chops and she is really good. Finally, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg’s co-conspirator in several other films, turns in a fantastic performance as Gary’s former wingman. And man, can he run.

“World’s End” score is great and the synchronicity with the pouring of each pint is just one of the great attentions to small details that make the film special. The dialogue is extremely clever. Pegg can riff with the best of them and the scenes in which he tries to convince Andy to drink—“water equals f**king rain”—will stick with me for a long time.

“The World’s End” could almost be called a coming of middle-age story, but it’s more than that. It’s about friendship, moving on and heart. And above all, it is FUNNY!

3 ½ nuggets out of 4

Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Service Lacking—Movie

August 23, 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is neither as good as I hoped it would be nor as bad as I feared it might be. It’s definitely somewhere in the middle. What it does have is one terrific supporting performance and that performance is from Oprah Winfrey. More about her later.The Butler

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is directed by Daniels and written by Danny Strong. The film is inspired by the 2008 “Washington Post” article by Wil Haygood about Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served during the Eisenhower administration through the Reagan years.

I went to the movie expecting it to be about the real White House butler, (albeit under a different name). It turns out that there is a world of difference between “inspired by” and “based on.” In this case, the movie and we are the poorer for the difference.

This butler, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), had a horrific childhood in the cotton fields of Georgia before moving into his employer’s  home, Mrs. Westfall (Vanessa Redgrave), to serve on her house staff. From there he had a series of jobs in different cities until he landed in DC and ultimately the White House. In DC, with his wife, Gloria (Oprah Winfrey), Cecil raises two sons.

Unfortunately, it’s during the White House years that the movie shifts much of its focus from Gaines to his oldest son, Louis (David Oyelowo).  With Louis’ involvement featured, we learn about the actions of the Freedom Riders, witness the Woolworth’s sit-in, experience the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and watch Black Power come to life. But we see these events through Louis’ eyes, not Cecil’s. In fact, Louis is featured so prominently, it begins to feel as if it’s his movie.

The film’s treatment of the presidents under whom Gaines served too often plays into the stereotypes by which they’ve come to be known. While the scenes of LBJ (Liev Schreiber) with his beagle are funny, they seem out-of-place.  And the exchanges with Richard Nixon (John Cusak), both in the Eisenhower years and then as President, feel unnecessarily cruel… and are they even true? The interactions with Eisenhower (Robin Williams) and Kennedy (James Marsden) seem the most genuine and least caricaturist in nature. Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of the Reagan years (Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda). I can’t put my finger on it, but something about these scenes just doesn’t work.  And as a side note, much is made of Cecil trying to get equal pay for the African-American staff. In reality, a recent interview with a long-time White House staffer seems to credit another African-American with that accomplishment.  Presidents Ford and Carter are completely left out of the film. I, for one, would  love to know what it was like to be so close to history-in-the-making with the resignation of one President and a new one so quickly taking his place. Also, I’m very curious as to what was it like to work for a Southern president from the very state in which the fictional butler was from, Georgia (in reality the real butler was from Virginia and never spent a day in the cotton fields).

The film’s best and most genuine scenes are with Cecil and Gloria as a couple and with their circle of friends (including portrayals by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard)…some from the White House staff and some from the neighborhood. It’s a look at normal middle-class African-American life that movies don’t often show and it feels very real.

This brings us to the film’s two name stars—Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Sadly, for much of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Whitaker too often is an onlooker in his own film. It’s in the scenes with Winfrey that he seems to come alive. Winfrey, however, is simply amazing. From the moment she enters the film, you completely forget that she is “Oprah.”  She gives the movie its humanity…its heart…and her performance alone is worth the price of admission, she is that good.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” can’t really decide what it wants to be. Is it a story about a man’s life under extraordinary circumstances or is it more of a documentary?  Because of its indecision it ultimately does neither very well, and that is a real shame.

2 nuggets out of 4

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Jobs: More Would Be Better—Movie

August 23, 2013

iPad aside, I’m not a consumer of Apple products. I didn’t go into “Jobs” knowing very much about Steve Jobs. After seeing the film, I’m not sure I know a whole lot more.Jobs

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matt Whiteley, “Jobs” presents the two sides of the man—the good and bad. What we don’t get is the “why.”

“Jobs” opens with Steve Jobs debuting the iPod and then goes back in time to Reed College, from which Jobs has dropped out. From there we move on to the creation of the original Apple team and the beginning of Apple itself.

The film is very good at showing us Steve Jobs’ drive…how important it was for his product to be perfect. We see how focused he was…focused to the point of being extremely unpleasant and downright horrible to many of the people around him.  He certainly didn’t suffer fools. The problem is we don’t know what’s behind that drive. What made him the man he was? Nothing in this movie addresses this important facet  to his personality and that’s a huge negative.

Ashton Kutcher shines in his performance as Steve Jobs. While he bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the man as demonstrated by the black and white photos shown at the movie’s end, he also manages to capture Jobs’ mannerisms with them seeming forced. Kutcher conveys Jobs’ will to succeed, his enthusiasm, his passion. I felt like I was watching the real Steve Jobs.

“Jobs” supporting cast helps elevate a less than stellar script. Josh Gad is well cast as a young Steve Wozniak and Matthew Modine does a good job with the unenviable task of playing John Sculley, the man invited by Jobs himself to help run Apple and ends up taking over the company. The film is also very successful at illustrating what life was like in the Silicon Valley and how exciting it was to be part of the awakening of the world to new technology.

Aaron Sorkin is currently at work on a new film about Steve Jobs.  Hopefully it will  give us a different, fuller perspective on the man. Steve Jobs’ influence on our culture…our way of doing business…our society…cannot be over estimated. A movie about him should be equal to the man himself. Unfortunately “Jobs” is not that movie.

2 nuggets out of 4

In A World: You Are Woman and You Can Roar—Movie

August 21, 2013

“Who’s ready to be heard?” asks Carol (Lake Bell) at the conclusion of “In A World.” Since this film stars and is written and directed by Lake Bell, for my money Lake Bell is more than ready to be heard and as a movie-goer, I couldn’t be happier.In a world

Bell is Carol, a member of “voice-over” royalty. She makes a living as a vocal coach, but longs to do more. She wants to do voice-overs like her father, Sam (Fred Melamed). Unfortunately a career in voice-overs is dominated by men, especially when it comes to feature films. With the death of the king of voice-overs, Don LaFontaine (LaFontaine is a real person and the film starts with a terrific homage to him), there is now a window of opportunity for winning the prestige jobs. Two men are vying for LaFontaine’s crown–Carol’s father and his much younger colleague, Gustav (Ken Marino). Neither of them give Carol a second thought until…

Bell covers a lot of territory in a 93 minute film, but the movie never feels rushed. It just flows naturally and effortlessly. Along with the voice-over story, Bell interweaves other storylines. When the movie begins, Carol is living with her father. But because he wants his much younger girlfriend, Jamie (Alexandra Holden), to move in with him, Carol is forced to live with her sister, Dani (Michaela Watkins), and Dani’s husband, Moe (Rob Corddry). The ying and yang of her sister’s and husband’s relationship feels very genuine as done the one Carol has with her sister. In fact, some of the film’s best moments revolve around the “sister code.”  “In A World” also spends a lot of time in Carol’s workplace with her co-workers Louis, Cher and Heners (Demetri Martin, Tig Notaro and Nick Offerman respectively), and those scenes are especially funny.

“In A World’s” ensemble cast is terrific. Many of them have either a standup or improv background and it shows. The universe they create seems very real and relatable.  Eva Longoria, playing herself, proves to be a very good sport as one of Carol’s clients, trying to speak with a British accent. And if you pay close attention, you’ll see a cameo by Cameron Diaz in a very funny bit.

Lake Bell is a familiar face on television and film, often the vixen, but never the star. With “In A World” she proves to be a triple threat and a force with whom to be reckoned.  I can’t wait to see what she does next. I can’t wait to hear her roar.

4 nuggets out of 4

Elysium: Fight for Better Life Hits Close to Home—Movie

August 19, 2013

Wouldn’t it be unique and fun to see a film where life in the future is terrific? Where we (Earth) haven’t been decimated by disease or war? Where the soundtrack of our lives isn’t an over the top doom and gloom score? Do you think your great-great grandparents were as pessimistic about the future as most filmmakers today? Just something to ponder as one sits through yet another “Isn’t life Hell on Earth?” film, which brings me to “Elysium.”Elysium_Poster

Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, “Elysium” is set in 2154. Earth is unhealthy and overpopulated. Those who can afford to do so have emigrated to Elysium, a man-made space station where food is plentiful, sickness is a thing of the past and, well, life is good.

Max (Matt Damon) lives in a grimy version of Los Angeles, although he has always aspired to go to Elysium, and in flashbacks, we see a young Max making the promise to one day take his childhood girlfriend, Frey, to Elysium. Earth is a police state and free-thinking is not tolerated. Penalties for misbehavior can be severe and the population answers to faceless, robot-sounding superiors.  Injured in a run-in with the “police,” Max runs into adult Frey (Alice Braga) in the hospital where she’s now a nurse. They reconnect and Max learns that Frey is a single mother with a child who has leukemia. She fervently hopes to somehow get to Elysium so her daughter can be cured. Protecting entrance to Elysium’s borders is  Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), a government official who enforces anti-immigration laws at all costs, keeping Elysium safe for the rich. A variety of circumstances come together which compel Max to get to Elysium one way or another.

What makes “Elysium” different from other doom and gloom films is its humanity. To some extent, this is due to the actors. Singled out for special praise is William Fichtner as a company owner who holds the fate of many in his hands. He is one of the best character actors in the business and really excels at playing conflicted villains. Alice Braga is also very good as the mother determined to do right by her daughter. But the true heart and soul of the movie is Matt Damon. He’s outstanding at playing the everyman asked to do a little more. With “Elysium” he is as good as the script allows him to be. Surprisingly the one jarring note is Jodie Foster. This two-time Academy Award winner‘s performance is almost robotic in nature and just not very good. Making matters worse is her very peculiar accent.

It’s almost impossible to watch Elysium and not think about America’s immigration policy. Maybe that’s what helps make “Elysium” relatable. Elysium won’t bore you, but it’s not something you’ll think very much about, if at all, once you leave the theatre.

2 nuggets out of 4

The Spectacular Now: Spectacular in Every Way—Movie

August 12, 2013

Midway through “The Spectacular Now,” the high school class president says to 17 year-old Sutter (Miles Teller), “You’re not the joke everyone thinks.” Sutter takes the rest of the movie to come to that same conclusion.

The Spectacular NowIt would be easy to say that “The Spectacular Now” (directed by James Ponsoldt with screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber based on Tim Tharp’s novel), is a coming of age story, but it’s more than that. Underneath Sutter’s happy-go-lucky, screw-up façade, is a teenager with some pretty large obstacles to overcome. As the film begins, we learn that he’s lost his girlfriend, Cassidy, who has tired of waiting for him to grow up, and it’s not even certain that he will graduate. Alcohol is Sutter’s demon of choice and it is a bit jarring to see him nonchalantly drink from a flask.

After a night of partying and drinking, Sutter is found sprawled out on some neighbor’s lawn by Aimee (Shailene Woodley), a fellow classmate. Once she manages to rouse him, the two start talking and we see sparks begin to fly. This chance encounter impacts both of their lives in dramatic fashion. Aimee is smart, a bit of a nerd and completely unaware of how cute and special she is. Sutter is clever enough to realize that there is more to her than meets the eye.  And Aimee sees in Sutter someone who can bring her out of her shell as well as someone who has the potential to do and be more. As Aimee gets to know Sutter, so does the audience. Just like her, we begin to peel away the layers of his shtick and begin to see the real, scarred 17 year-old.

“The Spectacular Now’s” cast is impeccable. Both Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller were awarded the Sundance Film Festival’s U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting. Woodley is exceptional as the shy high school girl you know will blossom in college. She is part of the new generation of just-out of- their teen actresses doing fantastic work with a career full of possibilities before them.  Teller is perfectly cast as the high school kid everyone likes, but doesn’t respect…the kind of teen you later ask yourself, “I wonder whatever happened to him.” Sutter is an extremely difficult role to navigate and Teller handles it flawlessly. Jennifer Jason Leigh is extremely good in a small, but important role as Sutter’s hard-working mother who has a difficult time convincing him how good he can be. Finally, there is Kyle Chandler as Sutter’s MIA father. We’re so used to seeing Chandler as a good guy on television or a government worker in a host of films that it’s great to see him convincingly play a low-life character. He is phenomenal in the part.

If ever a movie was aptly named, it is “The Spectacular Now.” It’s not to be missed.

4 nuggets out of 4

 

We’re The Millers: We’re Crude, but Fun—Movie

August 11, 2013

Remember the line then Senator Obama said to Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential campaign—“you’re likeable enough.” That pretty much sums up, “We’re The Millers.”

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “We’re The Millers” has an interesting premise, but the film just somehow lacks oomph. Four screenwriters on one movie might be part of the problem.

“We’re The Millers” revolves around pot dealer Dave (Jason Sudeikis) who is robbed of his stash and cash owed to his supplier, businessman Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms). In order to make up for the money owed to Gurdlinger, Dave reluctantly agrees to go to Mexico and pick up a “smidge” of weed for him. A chance encounter with some tourists in an RV gives him the “great” idea that if he travelled to Mexico with a family in an RV, he’d be more likely to escape the scrutiny of the border patrol. His supplier provides the RV, but Dave does have one problem—no family. So he goes about putting one together. For his son he “adopts” Kenny (Will Poulter), the lonely teen who lives in his building and seems to have no family in evidence. Street-wise runaway Casey (Emma Roberts) becomes his daughter.  Finally, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), the man-weary stripper who is his neighbor, is bribed to play his wife. Dave calls his family the Millers and off to Mexico they go.Millers

Naturally nothing goes according to plan or there would be no movie. The “family” has encounters with stoners, border police, drug dealers, thugs and most especially, fellow RV travelers Don and Edie Fitzgerald and their daughter, Melissa (Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Molly C. Quinn respectively).

Everyone in the cast has impeccable comedic timing. Sudeikis  is terrific as is Aniston (and she’s never looked better) and the two have great chemistry together. Their scenes with Offerman and Hahn are extremely funny. Emma Roberts is also very good. But the movie’s real find is Will Poulter. The film’s funniest scenes involve him…be it learning to kiss or experiencing the aftershocks of being bitten by a spider. His deadpan reactions and delivery are spot on.

“We’re The Millers” has a crude likeability to it  with touches of laugh out loud moments along the way. Be sure to sit through the credits for film outtakes. They are hysterical and worth the extra time in your seat.

2 ½ nuggets out of 4

The Book of Mormon: Say “Hello” Now—Theatre

August 7, 2013

Like “The Book of Mormon,” I believe.  I believe The Kennedy Center’s production of “The Book of Mormon” is the best musical I have seen in quite some time. You can believe, too. Believe all the hype that surrounds this amazing show.Book of Mormon-KenCen

Frequently the touring production of a Broadway hit can be a letdown. But it’s hard to how imagine that what you’ll see at NYC’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre could be any better than what you’ll see at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC.

With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon” takes an irreverent look at the “selling” of Mormonism. In truth, however, this play could be about any organized religion that seeks to spread its message and gain converts (see Bill Maher’s “Religulous”).  “The Book of Mormon” is really smart, extremely creative, funny, offensive and loving…yes loving. With “South Park’s” Parker and Stone at the helm, would you expect anything else? Their series is routinely profane and hilarious, but it’s also full of heart. So it is with “The Book of Mormon.”

“Mormon” is the story of Elder Price (Mark Evans) and his follower, Elder Cunningham (Christopher John O’Neill),  and their efforts to bring Mormonism to Uganda. It’s about losing faith and finding it again.

The Kennedy Center cast is phenomenal. The two leads are absolutely fantastic. O’Neill is terrific as follower Cunningham who finds his confidence and voice in Africa. It’s impossible to believe that this is his professional debut as a theatrical performer. How is that possible? He delivers his lines like a Broadway veteran and sings and dances with abandon. I thought, at first, that he might over shadow Evans’ Elder Price. I was wrong.  Evans holds his own and then some.  His Price is the Mormon who has always done what’s expected of him and is used to being viewed as “the chosen one.” When he is sent to Uganda rather than the hoped-for Orlando, his faith is severely tested. Price manages to reinvigorate his beliefs in the number, “I Believe.” At that moment, Mark Evans owns the stage and it’s positively magical.

The supporting cast is extremely strong. Samantha Marie Ware’s Nabulungi has an especially beautiful voice and does a great job at conveying naiveté and joy.

Each number is choreographed to perfection and the sets and costumes are astounding. “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,” in particular, is a stand-out as are the opening and closing versions of “Hello.”

The Kennedy Center‘s “Book of Mormon” production runs through August 18. The touring company will be making the rounds of other cities throughout the year. Be it NYC, DC, Chicago or any city, for that matter…see it! See it! See it!

Runs through August 18

4 nuggets out of 4


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