2brents bring comedy, madness to Anchorage

It’s not every day when you come across some truly unique theater, but the new group 2brents Mad Histrionics has struck a chord with...

Williams’ overlooked sci-fi drama makes the cut

After Robin Williams’ unsettling character in “One Hour Photo” and straight-out bizarre casting in “Death to Smoochy,” I was somewhat skeptical of what I...

‘Brazil’ takes existentialism to satirical level

It’s somewhat rare that a movie with an existential ethos is gut-laugh funny, but director Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” pulls it off. The story revolves around...

3-D student invitational brings out colorful mysticism

The Student Union was a buzz April 1 as the university settled back into the swing of things. As part of the festivities, the...

‘Sin City’ an opus of filth and beauty

In recent years, there has been a steady stream of movies adapted from comic books. Never has a comic book been adapted as faithfully...

‘Robots’ short on plot, long on zany fun

“Robots,” the new computer graphics animated comedy from 20th Century Fox, utilizes the same formula that “Shark Tale” screwed up so thoroughly a couple...

White girl and pale limey buy drum machines, save the blues

It’s been two years since The Kills’ debut CD, “Keep On Your Mean Side,” was released and going by the cover and liner notes...

‘Midsummer’ in the midwinter is a must-see at Cyrano’s

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” currently running at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse, is perhaps the mst dependable entertaining play ever written. Actors and audiences can...

Uncovered

As local band Conversing with Zookeepers finished playing Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” lead singer and guitarist Joe Mintz looked out at the crowd of around...

Aesop Rock album takes hip-hop to new level with sporadic style

Aesop Rock’s newest EP, “Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives,” is seven songs of genius, and is just a reflection of why he is...

‘Hedwig’ sexy, smart but too sugarcoated for its own good

Drag comedy shows generally aren’t my cup of tea. I’m no expert on the subject, but what I’ve seen has been a disappointing mix...

‘Cursed’ unoriginal but brilliantly done

It’s a difficult thing to make a werewolf movie anymore. It’s a genre that’s been explored extensively over the last several decades, and there...

VH1 commentator humors UAA with ‘wit and tact’

Monkey fish sticks, retards and Canadians were on the minds of audience members at the Michael Ian Black comedy show Feb. 17. The show,...

‘Symphony of Sounds’ celebrates music’s versatility

Derek Delgado sits alone at the piano. His hands jump from side to side, loose as empty rubber gloves caught on fishhooks, only to...

‘Killer Angels’ casts North, South in equal light

“The Killer Angels,” based on the novel by Michael Shaara, is a moving play that attempts to put a human face on those who...

‘The Hollow Men’ delight lovers of classic sketch comedy

New series on Comedy Central will benefits from fast-paced British potty humor Starting in March, sketch comedy fans won’t need to pump themselves up with...

‘Polaroid Stories’ over staged with a touch of humanity

Here’s an image: a teenage boy and girl crouching by a manhole in a graffiti-scarred inner city dead end, ripping into a bag of...

‘Hitch’ has the Smith touch, wavers between funny and boring

“Hitch,” a shiny new romantic comedy, is first and foremost a vehicle for box-office dynamo Will Smith. As vehicles go, this one’s a Cadillac....

‘Boogeyman’ achieves honorable horror status

There’s been a long dry spell in the horror genre. For several years now, all of the best horror movies have been about zombies....

‘Jazzmom’ sets the table for UAA Jazz Week

Melissa “Jazzmom” Fisher and the rest of her trio breezed through more than an hour of jazz standards from “Love Me Like a Man”...

‘Tween pop band gives it another go with an album of...

Undeniable pop successes in its native Japan, Puffy was forced to be clumsily referred to as Puffy AmiYumi in the United States after legal...

“Assault on Precinct 13” mired by bad writing

“Assault on Precinct 13” is the remake of John Carpenter’s 1976 film of the same name, which was itself a retelling of Howard Hawks’...

‘Top Girls’ lacks coherent storyline

It’s plot that moves the action of a play forward. Without some semblance of a plot a play’s characters, no matter how interesting, will...

Waits’ new album loses the piano but doesn’t lose touch

“Real Gone” finds Tom Waits at an interesting point in his career. He has released 25 albums since the early 70s and has enjoyed...

Young saint’s life revived for the big screen

On Nov. 26, the movie “Therese” opened in Anchorage at the Dimond Center theaters. This movie is an independent film by Luke Films, a...

‘The Incredibles’ incredible even without Star Wars trailer

Fans of Pixar have eagerly anticipated “The Incredibles” because it is the first to unveil the trailer for the next Star Wars. When I...

‘Saw’ not scary, but charming

“Saw” had a lot of potential to be a really cool movie. A madman traps people in devious ways and forces them to do...

‘Letters to the President’ neglects moderates

It seems everybody either loves or hates President George W. Bush. This division, apparent all over America, is the central theme to “Dear George:...

‘The Grudge’ light on plot, heavy on inane scares

“The Grudge” is a translation of a Japanese franchise to American theaters from director Takashi Shimizu. While stylistically interesting and packed full of creepy...

‘Laramie Project’ a powerful, must-see play

Being only 21 years old, I’m lucky that I don’t know a lot of people who have died. But I have been to a...