Red Mountain Academy’s Comedy Night inspires laughs and warm sentiment

“I played football at ASU,” comedian Bryan Ricci said. He also proudly proclaimed that he stands 5 feet 5 ½ inches and added that people sometimes ask, “Were you the ball?” Yes, there was something funny happening inside the Paradise Valley Country Club’s big, beautiful Camelview Room on Thursday, April 26. Red Mountain Academy’s Comedy Night. This annual event raises money for the Academy, and in addition to a ballroom full of people enjoying cocktails, beautiful views of Camelback Mountain, dinner and many, many laughs, the evening raised awareness for…

‘RBG’ is a super documentary about a modern-day superhero

“RBG” – “I ask no favor for my sex.  All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, quoting Sarah Grimke Ms. Grimke, a feminist pioneer, lived during the 19th century, and her feelings certainly were justified for the time.  Well, in the enlightening documentary “RBG”, we see that Justice Ginsburg took these words to heart in the 20th and 21st century, due to the state of women’s rights in the 1970s.  In the process, she became…

Weisz, McAdams and Nivola cope with ‘Disobedience’

“Disobedience” – After zero contact with her family for years and years, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to England under gloomy, gray skies to attend her father’s funeral.  Almost everyone treats Ronit with strange, icy disdain and distance, except for her old friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), as she wanders through his home during shiva, a time of mourning. Esti (Rachel McAdams) greets Ronit as well, but not warmly.  Instead of a hug or embrace, she looks at Ronit and – with a cadence of an overworked Walmart greeter at the end…