Brendan Fraser Captivates in Harrowing, Fascinating Drama

Brendan Fraser Captivates in Harrowing, Fascinating Drama

By Alex McPherson An exhausting film filled with compelling performances, director Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” exerts a vice-like grip throughout, reveling in both discomfort and... Details
Grief, Regrets and Salvation Collide in Aronofsky’s Bleak, Stagey ‘The Whale’

Grief, Regrets and Salvation Collide in Aronofsky’s Bleak, Stagey ‘The Whale’

By Lynn VenhausBrendan Fraser is heartbreaking and haunting as a morbidly obese recluse with mental and physical health problems in the difficult-to-watch “The Whale." He's... Details
Indulgent, Vulgar ‘Babylon’ Focuses On Sleazy ‘Show’ and Callous ‘Biz’

Indulgent, Vulgar ‘Babylon’ Focuses On Sleazy ‘Show’ and Callous ‘Biz’

By Lynn Venhaus Loud, vulgar, and hollow, “Babylon” is an excessive look at nascent Hollywood without much to say and even less to feel despite... Details
‘Elf the Musical’ Tour At The Fox Needs More Elfin Magic

‘Elf the Musical’ Tour At The Fox Needs More Elfin Magic

By C.B. Adams Unlike Uncle Ebeneezer, I don’t think of the holiday season as “A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of... Details
Stylish and Spellbinding ‘Glass Onion’ Mystery Delivers Clever Whodunit

Stylish and Spellbinding ‘Glass Onion’ Mystery Delivers Clever Whodunit

By Lynn Venhaus One of the most entertaining films of the year, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is a spellbinding and stylish whodunit that... Details
Symphony, Shelea and IN UNISON Chorus Deliver a Spirited and Spiritual Gospel Concert

Symphony, Shelea and IN UNISON Chorus Deliver a Spirited and Spiritual Gospel Concert

By CB Adams On the 1988 U2 album “Rattle and Hum,” singer Bono introduced the band’s cover of “Helter Skelter” by saying, “This is a... Details
Bloated ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Is Shiny But Dull Spectacle

Bloated ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Is Shiny But Dull Spectacle

By Lynn VenhausLooks 10, story 3. Regardless of its visual splendor from state-of-the-art effects, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is a bloated, confusing mess of... Details
‘The Christians’ Offers Outstanding Acting in Thought-Provoking Play

‘The Christians’ Offers Outstanding Acting in Thought-Provoking Play

By Lynn VenhausPlaywright Lucas Hnath doesn’t ever flinch, and neither does his lead character, Pastor Paul in “The Christians,” an examination of faith and influence... Details
St Louis Symphony and Chorus Put the Hallelujah in Handel’s ‘Messiah’

St Louis Symphony and Chorus Put the Hallelujah in Handel’s ‘Messiah’

By CB Adams On the same first weekend of December 2022, the New Yorker magazine published a cartoon depicting a couple in a theater, clutching... Details
The Rep Reprises Its Modern Take on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Rep Reprises Its Modern Take on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

By CB Adams Remember that commercial from the late 80s with the tagline, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile?” The Repertory Theatre of St Louis’s... Details