People go to the movies for many different reasons. We go to be entertained, provoked, intrigued. Some people go to be shocked, challenged or even scared. This film is intense, well-acted and certainly thought-provoking. It is an awkward look into evil and forgiveness and the role of religion in both. It is not, however, why I go to the movies.
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
I'm sorry, I can't help myself: This has to be the worst title in movie history. I get it, it has meaning. It's also wordy and uninteresting. There, I said it. Moving on...There are great high-school football movies like Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights. There are great movies about faith and moral certainty (Becket, Signs). Unfortunately, this movie is neither.
I am no stranger to the impact of a carefully worded, succinct message. In my previous life as a news reporter, I honed the craft of telling a story in 45 seconds or less. And currently, I am given this weekly platform to communicate directly with you, our readers, in approximately 180 words. But how does one capture the range of feelings and emotions and opinions throughout St. Louis these past few days?
If you decide to skip the cineplex, these are the top rental options:
You might recognize Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., if you are fans of the hit sitcom, New Girl. Johnson plays Zooey Deschanel's wildly unmotivated on-again, off-again boyfriend. Wayans plays her underachieving roommate. If you forgot to refill your Ambien prescription, a few episodes should do the trick. Apparently, Hollywood was of the opinion that America needed more of these two, because too much is never enough. So, more is what we got.
Studies show supporting women can make the entire community thrive, says Jan Hendrickson, board president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Saint Louis (WFSTL). The foundation is focused on advocating for women by contributing money and resources to relevant organizations and educational events, like its upcoming Making a Difference lecture and reception.
Movies that revolve around food and cooking make me nervous. It’s almost as if the director thinks he can sacrifice a plot for a lingering shot of a bell pepper--or a magical moment of whisking an egg. And while food is an incredible thing to look at, assembling a salad does not a movie make. This film, I’m delighted to say, was more than a pleasant surprise. Yes, the food is mouth-watering, but the story is even better.
So, The Hundred-Foot Journey came out last week to much critical acclaim. The movie is vibrant and sumptuous; and the director, Lasse Hallström, films food like it is the sexiest, most beautiful thing on the planet. Movies about food range from the exotic and sensual to the dark—and even disturbing. I have to admit, it was fun coming up with a list of the best films about food. To clarify, these films are actually about food. Diner is one of the funniest movies ever. Its title implies it is about food; however, it is not, and thus doesn't make the cut. So, here is my top 10 list of the best food films I've seen:
Woody Allen evokes a strong reaction from movie-goers—sometimes for the right reasons; sometimes, not. And I will admit, despite being a fan, his films can miss the mark. That usually occurs when he sacrifices story for agenda—or self indulgence. However, when he writes a compelling script and lets his love of filmmaking show, it’s captivating.
There’s almost always one scene in every movie that will make me cry. On the other hand, my husband has rarely gotten teary-eyed in the 20 years or so we’ve been watching movies together. Perhaps he’s too busy watching me sob/blubber/bawl—yes, I’ve been known to let the tears flow in the first two minutes of The Notebook (with a line like I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me that has always been enough, how could you not?), and also the entire second half of The Bridges of Madison County, knowing how doomed Robert and Francesca’s romance was.
I am extremely cautious of movies that take on the basic rules that govern our world: time, space, gravity, relativity, and so forth. It’s possible that I have so much trouble grasping most of the basic premises that when an alternative theory is presented, I know I disagree, but I’m not completely sure why. In any event, I can completely and thoroughly grasp a good movie—and if it’s done well, the science still may be fiction, but it is nonetheless plausible and even interesting.
It’s always hard seeing films with posthumous performances. I don’t mean watching a Jimmy Stewart classic or a Marilyn Monroe comedy. I mean watching Heath Ledger’s Joker or James Gandolfini in Enough Said. Here, we have Philip Seymour Hoffman (who died in February) in one of his final roles. Sadly, even his brilliant, charismatic performance isn’t enough to help this film.
So, Frozen, Disney’s most recent animated offering, received an avalanche of critical acclaim. The film won two Academy Awards—Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song—and is being called the best animated feature film since…since what? What are the best animated movies of all time? Where are you failing in the parent (or grandparent) department, if you have deprived the little ones a viewing?
Among St. Louis’ most iconic landmarks is Art Hill, crowned by the Saint Louis Art Museum, with a statue of the city’s namesake, Louis IX, seated gallantly atop his horse. But few—even those born and bred here—know much about this 13th-century monarch turned saint.
Show: The ninth annual St. Louis Cabaret Conference was held July 28 through August 1, allowing students to take lessons from a variety of artists adept in the stylistic art form. Founded by Tim Schall and Sharon Hunter in 2006, the conference was expanded in 2012 by producer Schall to include the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, a series of cabaret performances occurring while the conference is under way.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
Anyone with children older than 10 has slowly come to terms with the fact that there is no summer. OK, that was an exaggeration. Of course, there’s a summer. According to the calendar, summer lasts about three months. Mentally, it lasts six weeks. Emotionally, summer is 16 reasonably pleasant days sandwiched in-between the end of school wrap-up and the back-to-school check-up.
Zach Braff is an interesting filmmaker. It’s clear his subject matter always is intensely personal and this movie is no exception. He raised money to make this film—written with his brother—by using a Kickstarter campaign online and recruiting a few of his friends from his hit show, Scrubs. It certainly was worth the effort.
Let me begin by saying it has been a very pleasant weekend at the cineplex. This film is one reason: Here, we have a compilation of plot points, none of which are particularly original or extreme, but by the miracle of strong writing and exceptional acting, we get a movie that is refreshing and surprisingly original.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
Here’s a quick look at what’s showing--what to run out and see, and which ones to avoid:
Story: There’s hell to pay, which generally is OK with Morticia Addams, when she suspects that her beloved husband, Gomez, is keeping a secret from her. That’s not happened before in their boisterous, 25-year marriage, which generally has been a quarter-century of good times in their decrepit home hidden (somehow) within New York City’s fabled Central Park.
Gerald Early was born and raised in South Philadelphia's Southwark neighborhood. It was the setting for the story of Rocky Balboa. The movie was fiction but the area was a very real place, and Early is one of its real-life over-comers.