‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Spreads Its Wings

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is a sympathetic spin-off to Bruce Wayne’s tussled origins, allowing for both deep thoughts and even deeper belly laughs.

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Spreads Its Wings

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ might bask in its own fun and games, yet finds an undertone as giftedly dark as its hero. It’s never easy building off of past success. That is, unless you have Legos as your building blocks. Director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken, Moral Orel) unleashes a spin-off that’s worthy of its very […]

‘Fist Fight’ Falls Flat, but At What Cost?

Richie Keen’s ‘Fist Fight’ stands for a meaningful cause, yet gets knocked out in its rushed efforts to make us laugh (for better or for worse).

‘Fist Fight’ Falls Flat, but At What Cost?

Charlie Day and Ice Cube go head-to-head in ‘Fist Fight,’ a comedy that tries too hard to play by the street rules. We all have a little “crazy” in us. However, it’s how we present such eccentricities that make them valuable down the road. Director Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Goldbergs) makes […]

Tom Segura Brings Laughs to Wellmont

Tom Segura establishes his presence on the comedic world through his witty remarks and hilarious banter that contribute to his rise in popularity.

Tom Segura Brings Laughs to Wellmont

Laugh out loud with Tom Segura’s newest comedy tour, ‘No Teeth No Entry.’ On Friday, Feb. 17 Tom Segura’s “No Teeth No Entry” tour left The Wellmont Theater echoing with laughter. As fans from around the area anxiously gathered in Montclair for the talented stand-up comedian, the audience was met with a memorable show by […]

Halfway There is the Whole Package

Halfway There is a free, quarterly authors’ reading series held at Montclair’s Red Eye Cafe where literature lovers can share stories.

Halfway There is the Whole Package

Halfway There masters reading, writing and Red Eye. Halfway There brings local established and emerging authors, as well as visiting writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, into one place to participate in the joy of literature. Apryl Lee founded Halfway There with published author and former classmate Nicole Haroutunian. When her first book came out, […]

Oscar Shorts Celebrates the Underdogs

Oscar Shorts Celebrates the Underdogs

Audiences were moved to tears by this year’s Academy Award-nominated Oscar Shorts’ films. “Oscar Shorts – Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival has returned triumphantly this year to Buzz Aldrin Middle School. After nearly a decade spent honoring that elegant, age-old and often under-appreciated medium of the short film, “Oscar Shorts” co-founders and producers Corinna Sager […]

Andrew Dice Clay Returns to the Wellmont

The controversial but successful comedian Andrew Dice Clay comes back to Montclair after he performed at the Wellmont in March 2016.

Andrew Dice Clay Returns to the Wellmont

Andrew Dice Clay comes to the Wellmont Theater. There are few comedians that are as high caliber as Andrew Dice Clay. For over 30 years, Clay has shaken up the entertainment business. Whether it’s getting banned for life from the MTV Awards in 1989 for his hilariously lewd “Adult Nursery Rhymes” or discovering his true […]

‘The Comedian’ Needs a New Punchline

Robert DeNiro stars in ‘The Comedian,’ a new comedy-drama that worries so harshly on its punchlines that its set-up feels unpleasantly forced.

‘The Comedian’ Needs a New Punchline

‘The Comedian’ crams enough lousy stand-up to leave its audience sitting down. Everyone knows the story of the washed up has-been. Better yet, it’s become less of an archetype and more of a joke within itself. Let’s just think of The Comedian as “the joke that went too far.” Director Taylor Hackford (Ray, An Officer […]

DNCE Had Fans Singing and Dancing

Fans lined up early to catch DNCE’s performance at The Wellmont Theater and the excitement could be felt in the air throughout the whole night.

DNCE Had Fans Singing and Dancing

DNCE brought their upbeat songs and energetic dance moves to The Wellmont Theater. Tuesday, Feb. 4 was a big night for the funk pop band, DNCE, as their show at Montclair’s The Wellmont Theater was a hometown show for band members Joe Jonas and Jack Lawless. Before the doors of the venue even opened, there […]

‘Moonlight’ Leaves an Open Wound

‘Moonlight’ is a visual symphony, a three-act structure that conforms to the tragic bliss of feeling comfortable in your own skin.

‘Moonlight’ Leaves an Open Wound

Barry Jenkins delivers ‘Moonlight,’ an indie film as beautifully fragile as its subject matter. It’s easy to underestimate the light. We live in it day-by-day, never knowing its true potential on dreamers. Nonetheless, the longer we live in it, the closer that we are to the edge of the shadows. Moonlight, the newest feat by […]

SMAPA Deserves a Standing ‘O’

Former Broadway performer Sharron Miller devotes her time to SMAPA’s reconstruction to foster the joy of performing and enrich the lives of students.

SMAPA Deserves a Standing ‘O’

Bop to the top with the new and improved Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts! After 10 years in the current location, SMAPA will yet again dazzle the community with the start of its spring session on Monday, Feb. 6. SMAPA will feature newly painted studios, new furniture and a larger space. Registration is now […]