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Belly Laughs

Ellie Mooney had no idea that portraying an expectant mom could be so tough. ‘Motherhood the Musical’ has provided a funny lesson.


‘Mighty Macs’: Oooo, a nice shot bounces off the rim

As far as inspirational stories go, The Mighty Macs is a slam dunk. It’s a good one about a female basketball team that plenty of Philadelphians have probably heard of over the years.


It’s not easy to root for the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

At one point during Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers shows pictures of mutilated, orphaned children in Africa to a banker friend he’s hitting up for a loan. The banker responds that he knows what is going on over there and does not need to see the pictures.


‘Idol’ has been good to Guarini

After the first season of American Idol, Doylestown native Justin Guarini became a winner — in more ways than one.


‘Footloose’: Sorry, but remake has two left feet

I have long thought that the music was the best part of 1984’s Footloose. Who can forget Kenny Loggins’ toe-tapping, finger-snapping title-track hit song and Deniece Williams’ boogie-worthy Let’s Hear It for the Boy?


Strange brew

‘Bye Bye Liver’ touts itself as a ‘drinking play.’ It has sketches, songs and interactive games, but does the audience get too looped to know if they’re having fun?


Actor covets the chance to play Barrymore

He says he comes by his interest in performing quite naturally since his mother was an opera singer.


Not a bad guy

At the Rosenbach, a festival shows that Dracula was so much more than a fellow whose personality downright sucked.


‘Real Steel’: Good flick for boys’ night out

Going into Real Steel, I expected a movie that 8-to-12-year-old boys would love; everyone else — not so much. Director Shawn Levy’s prior credits (including Night at the Museum and Pink Panther) involved some level of cheesiness, so I expected more of the same.


Rich Little has always made a good impression

When Rich Little was about 5 or 6, he would stand in front of his class and just ramble on, much to the delight of his teachers — until they couldn’t stand his constant chatter anymore.