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“La La Land”

“La La Land”

By Howard McQuitter II ****1/2 out of five stars “La La Land” (2016) Liongate Drama/Musical/Romance Sebastian has that same passion for jazz as did Andrew (Miles Teller) did in “Whiplash”(2014), by director Damien Chazelle, who directed both “Whiplash” and “La La Land”. In both cases, Sebastian, the pianist, and Andrew, the [...]

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

**** & 1/2 stars “Hacksaw Ridge” Summit Entertainment Biography/War (R) I envision climactic moments in war films going back decades; when I see soldiers coming over the threshold with guns in hand, bullets and bombs sounding all around them, as they face their enemies. War movies, such as Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private [...]

La Natividad Returns to Minneapolis An urgent plea to open homes, cities, the world, and hearts with love.

La Natividad Returns to Minneapolis An urgent plea to open homes, cities, the world, and hearts with love.

BY STEPHANIE ROGERS This Holiday season, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church reprise the popular, bilingual La Natividad performance and celebration with performances from December 15 to December 22. It’s an event that has become a tradition for many in the neighborhood, and is more [...]

“The Accountant” & “Moonlight”

“The Accountant” & “Moonlight”

** out of 5 stars “Accountant,” “R” Rating Ben Affleck’s character Christian Wolf in “The Accountant” lives in an Airstream trailer in the hinterland where he stocks weapons, money, paintings by Renoir and Jackson Pollack (bought on the black market). He’s involved with some nefarious organizations and some of assignments are [...]

Light Up Lake Street

Light Up Lake Street

New puppet concert series co-produced by Music Animated and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre BY STEPHANIE ROGERS Like all of our neighbors, In the Heart of the Beast has been processing recent events in Minneapolis. We feel the desperation of our community, and long to find ways of coming together, to hold space, to find peace. [...]

Snowden

Snowden

*** out of 5 stars Oliver Stone is the ideal director for “Snowden”, the man I’ve admired who back in the 1980s and the early 1990s would willingly step into controversial subject matter such as his films “Platoon” (1986), “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) and “JFK” (1991). “Snowden” is one of those controversial men who [...]

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

(Left to right) Ben Foster and Chris Pine in HELL OR HIGH WATER. ***** Crime/Drama/Quasi-Modern Western R-Rated “Hell or High Water” is the real deal as far as a solid heist film that is reminiscent of the 1960s and early 1970s heist films such as the late director Michael Cimino’s heist film “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) [...]

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre 2016 – 17 Season Announcement

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre 2016 – 17 Season Announcement

QUEENphoto by Stephanie Rogers QUEEN Premiere September 23 – October 2, 2016 Grandmothers hold memory and loose memory and lose memory; they have a broad understanding of love- a wide geography that one may get lost in. Written by Erik Ehn and Junauda Petrus Directed by Laurie Carlos Tickets $15.00 PUPPET CABARET September 16th Curated [...]

The Secret Lives of Pets

The Secret Lives of Pets

*** 1/2 out of 5 Animation/Adventure/Comedy “The Secret Lives of Pets” although not perfect is a wholesome family affair. What do humans and pets do? Well, Humans go to work; pets come to play. When the coast is clear and the pets’ owners have gone to work or school in Manhattan, it’s play time for dogs, cats, parakeets, guinea pigs and [...]

To be puppeteers in the Heart of the Beast…

BY STEVEN LINSNER Poet, writer, performer, painter, musician and videographer; 1952-2005 To be puppeteers in the Heart of the Beast… …is to find ourselves in the great world Beast made of families, races, ages, sexes, classes, corporations and nations, people, (and creatures!) all different, working out a way to live together. …is to [...]

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