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A Review of Recent Movies: What’s in Theaters?

Posted by    |    January 6th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Over the past few weeks and during the Holidays, there have been a lot of new movies released in theaters.  Below is a brief description of a few of the movies recently released. Enjoy!

Django Unchained:

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Django Unchained is an extravagant, outrageous film by director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Inglorious Bastards).  This film tells a very unique story about a bounty hunter (Waltz) and a slave (Foxx) living in the south during the Civil War who team together to rescue the slave’s wife (Washington) from a plantation in Mississippi.  This film is very brutal, gory, and over-the-top in a Tarantino-like way.  Some have called Django Unchained racist and offensive, while others find it to be wildly entertaining and complex.  Starring Christopher Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington, Django Unchained could be one of Tarantino’s best and complete films.  This film is a bit long, running 2 hours and 45 minutes, but it will keep you engaged throughout.  Django Unchained is rated R for strong graphic violence, vicious fight scenes, language and some nudity.  4.3 out of 5 stars.

Jack Reacher:

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Courtesy of Google Images

Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Robert Duvall, Jack Reacher is an action crime thriller about an ex-military investigator who tries to solve a mass shooting case involving a trained military sniper with multiple random killings.  This film is action packed and features Tom Cruise kicking ass as Jack Reacher.  The fighting sequences are decently realistic looking, and Tom Cruise does a fair job as an unstoppable detective.  The plot is a bit complicated, and there are many twists that constantly change the story.  Jack Reacher is rated PG-13 for violence, language, and some drug material.  Running time is 2 hours and 10 minutes.  3 out of 5 stars. (more…)

Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts presents the Nutcracker

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

 What comes to mind when you think of the Nutcracker? The most likely image you’ll have in your mind is that of ballerinas leaping and twirling in tutus and tights to Tchaikovsky’s famous musical arrangements. Even though the Nutcracker was originally a ballet and is always performed as such, sometimes it’s fun to tweak with tradition and see what happens.

That’s where Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts comes in. They are back again this year at the Dallas Children’s Theater with their puppet rendition of the Nutcracker in which they utilize both shadow puppets as well as black theater rod puppetry. Puppetry is an amazing theatrical art and if you have never seen a live puppet performance then this show is a wonderful way to experience this art form for the first time.


The Addams Family Comes To Fair Park

Posted by    |    October 1st, 2012 at 1:07 pm

The State Fair of Texas is one of Dallas’ favorite fall hallmarks and a sign that Halloween is quickly approaching. What better way to get eerily excited than with the weird and wonderful production of The Addams Family at Fair Park. The musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its North Texas premiere October 2-21, 2012 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall.

It’s a whole new story for the familiar family and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday is all grown up and has fallen for a (gasp!) “normal” boy. Now the ultimate princess of darkness’ family must host a dinner party for her new beau and his parents. Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Little Shop of Horrrors) and Sara Gettelfinger (A Free Man of Color, Nine) will star as Gomez and Morticia in a cast that includes Tony Award Nominees and Broadway veterans.

For the Dallas engagement only, the role of Lurch will be played by Zachary James (Corum Boy, South Pacific) who originated the role on Broadway.


Ticket Information:

Single tickets, priced from $15-$75, are on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in the Preston/Royal Shopping Center in Dallas. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-ARTS or online at For groups of 15 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP.

Show Dates & Times:  

Tuesday, October 2  – 8pm
Wednesday, October 3  – 8pm
Thursday, October 4  – 8pm
Friday, October 5  – 8pm
Saturday, October 6  – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 7  – 2pm & 8pm
No show on Monday
Tuesday, October 9 – 8pm
Wednesday, October 10  – 8pm
Thursday, October 11 – 8pm
Friday, October 12 – 8pm
Saturday, October 13 – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 14 – 2pm & 8pm
No show on Monday
Tuesday, October 16 – 8pm
Wednesday, October 17  – 8pm
Thursday, October 18 – 2pm & 8pm
Friday, October 19 – 8pm
Saturday, October 20 – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 21 – 2pm & 8pm

Photography by Jeremy Daniel


Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Thursday, June 21st, I saw a pre screening of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Mark Moses, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, and more.  As a member of the Dallas Film Society, I received an invitation to see this film at Studio Movie Grill the night before it was released in theaters Friday.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World centers around Dodge (Carell), a meek insurance salesman, who is dealing with the final days of earth.  As an asteroid hurls towards the planet with only three weeks left for mankind, Dodge meets his neighbor, Penny (Knightley), and they travel around in search of Dodge’s high school sweetheart.  Both being lonely, lost souls, with kind hearts, Dodge and Penny quickly develop a strong bond.  This motion picture is extremely funny and emotional.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a dramatic and romantic comedy, which depicts the end of the world with a “throw caution to the wind” attitude, which understandably sets the screen for a few wild scenes with partying, drugs, and alcohol that are not suited for ages under 17.  The film was given an R rating for language, sexual references, drug/alcohol use, and brief violence.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the first major film directed by Lorene Scafaria, who also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, and starred in several other films.


‘Dallas’ Premieres at Texas Theatre

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Texas Theatre

When I told my mother I was going to the premiere of Dallas she expressed her jealousy via text and told me in all caps (I always assume people are yelling at me when they type in all caps) that she “LOVED THE 1980s SERIES.” It was a Friday night staple. She claimed people even stayed home to watch it. Staying home on a Friday night to watch TV? And they think our generation has an issue.

So I grabbed a friend, whose mother literally screamed with excitement through the phone at the mere mention of Dallas, and headed to the historic Texas Theatre. Needless to say our expectations were out the roof after the all-caps texts and screams from our mothers, and perhaps those expectations were a little too high. Dallas, while not a bad show, in no way rose to the hype.


JJ Pearce’s “Phantom of the Opera” Breaking Box Office Records

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

The chandelier might drop, but ticket sales soar as JJ Pearce’s The Phantom of the Opera fills its auditorium show after show. The buzz is huge because these talented kids deliver a Broadway quality production night after night.

When you think about what you are doing this weekend, come see the “angel of music” command his opera house and the love of his life when JJ Pearce Theater wants to sell out its FINAL performances of The Phantom of the Opera. Come help the Phantom make “Music of the Night” and enjoy a performance that will have you wanting more! Please tell your friends and buy your tickets for Friday, February 24, at 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

Online ticket sales are sold out. You can still purchase tickets at the box office for general admission tickets and be a part of what will surely be remembered as “The” show that changed the way you view high school musicals.

All performances will be held at the JJ Pearce Theater, located at 1600 North Coit Road, Richardson, Texas 75080. Tickets are $16 – $5.

Sexy? A Blast From the Past

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 11:46 am

Chandra Wilson introduces Five Frankie Vallis from the North American Jersey Boys (Toronto-Joseph Leo Bwarie, Las Vegas- Rick Faugno, National Tour- Courter Simmons, Chicago- Dominic Scaglione Jr., Broadway- Jarrod Spector) companies and perform “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” & “Oh What A Night” with the Broadway Cast back in 2009 at the Tony Awards.  Today, we had a chance to chat on the phone with Joseph Leo Bwarie, one of the nice guys in the Biz, and as one staffer noted, “sexy”.  More to follow from this New Jersey boy, only on YouPlusDallas!


Dallas Observer’s ‘Artopia’ Taking Place This Saturday

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This year’s events have already proved that Dallasites are pretty damn talented, and Dallas Observer’s upcoming event ‘Artopia’ isn’t likely to prove us otherwise.

What is Artopia, you ask? We shall explain, seeing as how it isn’t a word. It’s an amalgamation of the finest artistry offered in the Big D, celebrating the best of local art, including music, theatre, fashion, visual art and performance art.

YouPlusDallas will be on the scene to film the event, Canon 7D’s in hand (or, in tripod), so make sure to come say ‘Hey’ and wave in our lenses. Who knows? You might just make the cut in our video.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $20, day-of tickets are $30. BUT save yourself some dough by hopping online now and using promo code “youplus” to purchase 25% off tickets. So, might want to get on that.

Limited availability VIP tickets are $45 which includes access to the VIP room. We’re super curious about what’s going on in there because it sounds top-secret and packed with awesome; so if you find out, let us know, ‘kay?

Artopia will take place this Saturday, December 3, at the Dallas Contemporary 161 Glass St Dallas, TX. Event is 8PM-11PM. 21+ Only. Purchase tickets here.

The Village at Fairview: Entertainment. Dining. Shopping. DRIVING.

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2011 at 11:34 am

I know there are a lot of people out there that live outside “the bubble” of downtown, uptown, and Park Cities, and then those of us snobs who try not to acknowledge anything exists further than 635.  I’ll admit that I used to be one of them.  I would dread when a friend moved to Frisco and would expect me to drive (gasp!) up the tollway to meet them for lunch.  I couldn’t fathom why anyone would live that far north, much less drive there for entertainment.  Well, I am facing facts that the widespread farmland that used to define the northern regions created a breeding ground for immense entertainment options.  Without landlocked boundaires holding them back, the Frisco’s, Allen’s, and Wylie’s of the world are booming with big business.  After countless friends recommended I check out The Village at Fairview, I succumbed to the nearly 30 mile drive from my home to behold the latest DFW development.

I won’t lie: The Village at Fairview is pretty stinkin’ awesome.  I wanted to find it lackluster and too similiar to the strip malls of fun that border my abode, but as it turns out, this is waaaaay cooler.  Every restauarant you could want; high-end (Bailey’s), low-end (Which Wich), and everything in between (Cheddars)….and a Twisted Root BurgerHome Goods, a personal fav, as well as a lovely slew of department stores are everywhere you look.  Free live concerts on restaurant and pub patios filled the air, and nice signage points you in the right direction to find what you are looking for.  Heck, there’s even a sand volleyball court! On the night I ventured out into this uncharted territory, I brought my sweetheart to the famed iPic Movie Theatre.  This place is reminiscient of a Las Vegas hotel meets Studio Movie Grill.  With billiard tables, a swanky bar, and conceirge service, you feel like you’re a VIP at the movies.  You can buy a higher priced movie ticket and enjoy the show in a recliner with blanket, pillow, and complimentary gourmet popcorn for $17 a pop, or pay $12 and enjoy the show in a comfy recliner closer to the screen.  The food is decent…not quite a huge leap above Studio Movie Grill, but slightly more gourmet.  My Caesar Salad was $9, and pretty tasty (though don’t expect croutons-there aren’t any).  Watching the movie in a super comfy chair with unlimited drink refills sure is a nice way to beat the heat, even if you have to drive an hour to get there.

All in all, I’d say it’s worth the extra gas money to check out The Village at Fairview-it’s literally one stop shopping, dining, and fun.  (If movies are too bland for your taste, a great date night idea is the nearby Splitsville bowling alley, akin to Lucky Strike in Los Angeles. Fun stuff!) Just remember to bring your credit card and lots of carpool conversation for the trip.