If Finding Neverland isn't a brilliant musical, it's still an entertaining one, using all sorts of stage legerdemain to entrance an audience looking for good old-fashioned Broadway magic.
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I'm sure there are those who will be shocked that I not only enjoyed a lot of The Lucky One, but that I think Zac Efron's performance is a break-out moment -- the announcement that a teen dream has made the transition to adult dramatic actor.
There's dramatic movie violence -- and then there's sadistic, nihilistic movie violence. If you've got a taste for the latter, Kidnapped should be right up your alley.
Put it this way: Bette Midler, Sean Hayes, comedian Katt Williams and several other cast members could ad lib funnier material in their sleep than the drivel they're given here.
Conor McPherson's The Eclipse is a gem: a smart, deliberately paced tale of mourning and renewal, a ghost story with a few moments of terror and well-observed emotional truths.
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