Well, not everyone. There is a problem. The Ship is bound for Mumbai. Danger is right around the next wave.

The crew has been hi-jacked by Somali pirates. This fascinating journey is incredibly believable. There are several "Clinch" your fist moments that the crew will have to endure. They run out of food, they run out of everything. The pirates don't seem to care - they are truly dangerous. Here is the smiling and good happy go-lucky cook - before they began to abuse him. Pirates don't care - they just want the 15-million bucks that they demand. You might compare it to "The Game of Thrones" - on the Sea.

This movie will give you a Popcorn adrenaline rush. Just don't get in the way of the cleaver. These pirates are not just after the do-re-me - they want everything that they can get. If they could - they would break every frame in your body. Not a nice place to live.

The Danish Actors really have to endure extreme torture. And why do the pirates do that? They want the money and they make the guys on the ship call they their company on shore -- and force them to give them the money deal that they want. Of course -- they get it - but they still are disturbingly ugly. Don't plan to vacation their - EVER!

The film opens with the happy-go-lucky Chef Mikkel (Pilou Asbaek) aboard the ship MV Rozan. He hopes to get home to his wonderful wife and young daughter. The ship is headed by Ozzie captain (Keith Pearson).

One thing I like about the tense movie is that there is no clever gadgetry. This is a real story with real people in peril. This is spectacular film making and Superb Acting. It's intensely moving.

Now Playing at Landmark Movie Theatres

RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN!!!! (highest rating!) -trademarkd-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced and hosted a long-running Arts-Segment on PBS KQED)))

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Now playing at the New Conservatory Theatre

The crew has been hi-jacked by Somali pirates. This fascinating journey is incredibly believable. There are several "Clinch" your fist moments that the crew will have to endure. They run out of food, they run out of everything. The pirates don't seem to care - they are truly dangerous. Here is the smiling and good happy go-lucky cook - before they began to abuse him. Pirates don't care - they just want the 15-million bucks that they demand. You might compare it to "The Game of Thrones" - on the Sea.

This movie will give you a Popcorn adrenaline rush. Just don't get in the way of the cleaver. These pirates are not just after the do-re-me - they want everything that they can get. If they could - they would break every frame in your body. Not a nice place to live.

The Danish Actors really have to endure extreme torture. And why do the pirates do that? They want the money and they make the guys on the ship call they their company on shore -- and force them to give them the money deal that they want. Of course -- they get it - but they still are disturbingly ugly. Don't plan to vacation their - EVER!

The film opens with the happy-go-lucky Chef Mikkel (Pilou Asbaek) aboard the ship MV Rozan. He hopes to get home to his wonderful wife and young daughter. The ship is headed by Ozzie captain (Keith Pearson).

One thing I like about the tense movie is that there is no clever gadgetry. This is a real story with real people in peril. This is spectacular film making and Superb Acting. It's intensely moving.

Now Playing at Landmark Movie Theatres

RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN!!!! (highest rating!) -trademarkd-


Divine Sisters - a Thrill Ride. Courtesy Photo

THE DIVINE SISTERS AND BIRDS OF A FEATHER

"The Divine Sister is an over the top outrageous comedy that keeps your belly laughing. The cast is simply "Divine"! The story is about St. Veronico's indomitable Mother Superior who is determined to build a new school for a convent. She deals with a young postulant who is experiencing visions. Most of them involves sexual hysteria among her nuns. Most of the Nuns are in Drag. I least I think they were all in Drag.

A mysterious nun visiting from Berlin is up to no good. There's something strange going on under that dark flowing outfit. This is the most outrageous musical comedy that I have ever seen. And I want to see it again.

Charles Busch brings us this sprawling adventure. It sure it awe-inducing.It's the perfect warm-up to summer. And if it is too cold you can always hide under one of the Nun's outfits. Oh, talk about lavish costumes as they entertain us with spirited musical numbers. It's a blast of joy -- I Love it! It's a minted American Classic.

The show is so Riotously funny. It's one of NCTC's happiest surprises. It's a must see Blast!

THE EXTRAORDINARY CAST ARE NOTHING LESS THAN SUBLIME. HERE THEY ARE: David Bicha (Agnes), J. Conrad Frank (Sister Walburga/Mrs. MacDuffie), Michaela Greeley (Mrs. Levinson/Timothy), Marie O'Donnell (Sister Acacius), Matt Weimer (Brother Venerius/Jeremy) and Joe Wicht (Mother Superior). This is a Dream Cast!

Charles Busch (Playwright), F. Allen Sawyer is the superb Director. Set Design is a dream by Kkuo-Hao Lo. The lighting design is perfect, and Stephen Abts gave us perfect sound. The producers are David Madsen and Richard Norris. And I want to thank the Nuns for giving us an intermission. I'm still laughing.

AT THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATER - VAN NESS AND MARKET

RATING: Four Glasses of Champagne!!!!(highest rating)-trademarked


The two Penquins: Luke Taylor and David Levine. Plus - Elissa Beth Stebbins and Christipher Morrell
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER -- DEEPLY MOVING - LIFE AFFIRMING

A real pair of male Penquins nest together. They are in love. But, this pair of birds are both males. However they nest together -- and just like humans they sometimes get along, and on other moments they argue a lot. One of the males wants to hatch an egg that he finds. The other penquin is not so keen about that. Hey, there are Gay Birds, just like humans.

On a higher ledge there are a pair of red-tailed hawks (Pale Male and Lola). They build a luxurious next in a luxury high rise. You can imagine what a great view that had overlooking all of New York. Pale Male and Lola were the sensation. Everyone brought spy classes so that they could follow Pale Male and Lola.

The story is helped with projections that show a video of the red-tailed hawks. Penquin Silo admired them so much - he seemed to be a little jealous. Silo and Roy break up - so to speak. Their love affair comes to an end. Sad. The story is as cute as a hatched egg.

The play is 90 minutes long with an intermission.

RATING: Three Glasses of Champagne!!!

Now playing at the New Conservatory Theatre
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