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A Grand Return: Rancho de Tia Rosa revived in Northeast Mesa

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Cory Lucas likes to say he just fell into the restaurant business. Perhaps he’s making a bigger impact than he thinks. Lucas revived Rancho de Tia Rosa after his family purchased it...

A Disney Christmas: This new holiday party brings Santa and Mickey together

By Natalie Urquiza Disney is a recognizable name that’s ageless and creates memories. Kids can see their favorite Disney Junior character in front of them and reach out for a hug when “Disney Junior Holiday...

Compelling Show: Nick Offerman wants to make people think—and laugh

By Haley Lorenzen Nick Offerman has stepped back to take a good look at the state of the world. “I try to make fun of all of us, for the human foibles that have gotten us...

Ripple Effect: ‘Waves’ is a punishingly obvious and bloated melodrama

By Glenn Heath Jr. Trey Edwards Shults seems to think that life exists only in a heightened state of anxiety. Even though his 2015 debut, “Krisha,” takes place in suburbia, it might as well be...

Coming Home: Taylor Upsahl is ready to smile for Phoenix cameras

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Alterna pop singer Taylor Upsahl peppers her conversation with “stoked” and “dope.” She just turned 21 on Thanksgiving, but she speaks like a record industry veteran. Upsahl has owned 2019, and she’s optimistic...

Difficult Times: ‘Marriage Story’ offers updated look at old struggle

By Connor Dziawura The comparisons that have been made between Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Robert Benton’s 1979 film “Kramer vs. Kramer” aren’t without merit. From certain plot elements right down to the posters, the...

Reflections with Angel Olsen: The singer discusses ‘All Mirrors,’ self-care and confidence as a...

By Mary Pat Abruzzo Angel Olsen’s voice pushes through the telephone with a warm hello. Catching her at her tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin, in the midst of harsh winter weather, she comments on the...

Intense Flavors: Maple & Ash fires up the steak and seafood scene

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sean Currid’s eyes light up when he talks about Maple & Ash, the new restaurant he leads at the Scottsdale Waterfront. He brags about the fire-roasted seafood tower, the “IDGAF” $155 menu and...

Cold as Ice: Disney animators rise to the challenge on ‘Frozen II’

By Connor Dziawura Looking back, Disney supervising animator Justin Sklar says his team would not have been able pull off its work on “Frozen II” when the first film was released six years ago. From improved...

An Ideological Crisis: ‘Synonyms’ is a wild, radical portrait of nationalism gone wrong

By Glenn Heath Jr. Yoav (Tom Mercier) arrives in Paris seemingly out of thin air, like some nomadic ghost searching for a place to haunt. In the phantasmal opening sequence of “Synonyms,” he breaks into...

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