Can a sweep year at the Oscars also be a spread-the-wealth year at the Oscars?

Just what is it going to take for Joel and Ethan Coen to end this silly separation of theirs and get back together? An online petition? A generous gift basket? A promise to reconsider the merits of Intolerable Cruelty?

Just how good is Kingsley Ben-Adir as the title character in Bob Marley: One Love? So good that I couldn't make out half of what he was saying.

Led by company founders T. Green and Calvin Vo, Haus of Ruckus is set to open a new comedy (with puppets) featuring the duo's stage alter egos Johnny and Fungus. If you feel like you just read that information on this site, like, days ago, you're not far off the mark: Haus of Ruckus' previous Johnny-and-Fungus adventure Punk Rock Lobster debuted on January 19 and closed on the 28th. “It's not necessarily weird that we're doing another one so soon,” says Vo. “I'd say it's less weird than … . What's the word?” “Stressful,” says Green. “Yeah. That's it.”

When director/co-writer Ben Gougeon's world premiere The Stacks: An Immersive Mystery enjoys its February 22 through March 2 run at the new Sound Conservatory – the original, longtime site of the Moline Public Library – it will mark the first theatrical presentation to be staged in the venue. It may very well be the last. But you can't blame Gougeon or his debuting show for that.

I wondered how my pals from the '80s might've collectively reacted to director Zelda Williams' and screenwriter Diablo Cody's new horror comedy had it actually been released in the year of its 1989 setting. My guess is we would've thought that it was pretty lame but had some decent laughs; that Heathers and Beetlejuice did the same sort of thing much better; and that the movie was only worth our time because we got to see it for free.

I now have to watch The Zone of Interest again – and maybe again and again. It may be too massive for only one viewing. As I've learned, it certainly appears too massive for one viewing without a dialogue afterward

For the professional company's latest rendition of Love Stories, its annual collection of choreographed vignettes that makes for a sensational Valentine's Day gift, Ballet Quad Cities' February 9 and 10 presentations at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center will be filled with sounds and sights to make audiences swoon. Compositions by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. Beautiful figures moving to live instrumental accompaniment. Executions by gunfire. You know – all the romantic standards.

The rare intellectual exercise that's also an emotional gut punch, writer/director Ava DuVernay's Origin delivers its most emblematic sequence toward the end of its 140 minutes, when all of the movie's many varied themes seem to intertwine in a heartrending, enraging true tale about a little boy and a swimming pool.

This morning's announcement of contenders for the 96th Annual Academy Awards was da bomb. Kind of literally.