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Movie Review: Mamma Mia!

By billpetro / July 18, 2008 / 1 Comment

MOVIE REVIEW: MAMMA MIA! Official disclaimer: I have seen the stage musical version of Mamma Mia! six times. My wife and I first saw it in London, and as we walked out at the end of the exciting encore, we both turned to each other and said “I could see that again.” Two days later…

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Movie Review: Batman – The Dark Knight

By billpetro / July 17, 2008 / 2 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: BATMAN – THE DARK KNIGHT The second installment of the new Batman franchise, begun with Batman Begins, picks up our story not long after where we left off. But I’m not going to talk about the plot of The Dark Knight, other than to say it starts with a bang involving a powerful…

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Concert Review: Stevie Wonder at Coors Amphitheater in Denver

By billpetro / July 4, 2008 / 1 Comment

Concert Review: Stevie Wonder at Coors Amphitheater in Denver Stevie Wonder has toured only once since 1988. It’s been 13 years since he has graced Denver with a concert, and Denver welcomed him back with open arms to Fiddler’s Green at the Coors Amphitheater. Despite starting 30 minutes late, he played for over two hours…

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Movie Review: WALL-E

By billpetro / June 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

MOVIE REVIEW: WALL-E What a sweet movie, what a cute film. Who else but Pixar could make a movie that’s animation, science-fiction, comedy, spaceships, green — and romance…and make it all work? And the tributes to other movies of this genre! In the same way that Pixar’s The Incredibles paid tribute to early James Bond…

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History of Iron Man

By billpetro / May 4, 2008 / 3 Comments

HISTORY OF IRON MAN I had the opportunity to catch the midnight premier of what is likely to be the initial “summer blockbuster” of the 2008 season. Iron Man has since this debut had the second biggest non-sequel opening day in history, trailing only Spider-Man. Last summer had 14 sequels, this summer only 7. More…

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History of The War: TV miniseries

By billpetro / November 5, 2007 / 0 Comments

THE WAR: TV MINISERIES In January I wrote about my conversation with Ken Burns, award-winning producer of The Civil War documentary, about his upcoming miniseries about World War II called simply The War. This presentation took place at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He was at that time previewing his 7-part, 14.5-hour series…

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Red Rocks in Denver

By billpetro / July 18, 2006 / 3 Comments

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG AT RED ROCKS IN DENVER The show called “An Evening with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,” Freedom Of Speech ’06 was one of three sold out events at the Denver Red Rocks open air amphitheatre. Their first tour since 2002 started in July in Philadelphia. Their 2000 reunion tour was…

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Movie Review: Mission Impossible:III

By billpetro / May 4, 2006 / 0 Comments

Mission: Impossible: III I was privileged to see a private sneak preview the third installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, and what is arguably the first blockbuster popcorn movie of the summer of 2006. Let me say from the onset that it starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. It’s non-stop action from beginning…

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Goblet of Fire

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By billpetro / November 19, 2005 / 1 Comment

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I had the opportunity to catch a private pre-screening of this movie. What a treat! It opens in black and white with a dark and stormy night and the Warner Brothers logo. Then a snake slithers along the ground… and then the title. But soon afterward…

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