Trust me when I say no one is quicker to roll their eyes at pseudo-intellectual film-making than I am. Movies that try to be meaningful with some sort of affected gravitas make me violent, as my radar is up when it comes to pretense. That being said, when a film does happen to be both entertaining and deep, it's a pleasant surprise. This film is one of the few.
*Spoiler Alert* It's not really a spoiler—I should say: premise alert. Either way, I feel obligated to tell you that the catalyst for most of the action in this movie is the killing of a puppy. I don't know what it is about puppies...We can watch dozens of humans get gunned down, blown up or tortured, but one sweet animal is a deal-breaker. It's definitely worth getting past it, though; because trust me, no one is more upset about it than our hero, John Wick.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
Story: Polly and Walter’s living room sofa doubles as a bed in their tiny and cramped New York City loft apartment. Space is at a premium because Walter, a seldom-employed actor whose glory days are behind him, has filled their dwelling with costumes from his many performances through the years as well as outfits he’s purchased along the way.
Story: Ariel, mermaid and youngest daughter of Triton, king of the sea, yearns to learn more about the humans above water who fascinate her so much. Her aspirations are different than those of her six mersisters, who are content frolicking in the ocean.
Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.
Let's talk about Brad Pitt for a moment. There's no debating the fact that he's a beautiful, beautiful man. Yet, he's not a pretty boy. He's an Oscar-nominated actor. He does, however, have a few tells—a couple of fallback moves that remind us no matter the character, we are watching Brad Pitt. If I had a nickel for every scene where he's eating a sandwich...
There is no bigger Bill Murray fan than I. I've never not loved him in a film (and yes, I have seen Ghostbusters 2). The man is magical. He's funny, sure, but there's something compelling in his performances that despite how despicable the character, you just want to root for him. That is the primary reason this movie is so good.
Hendel's Market Cafe, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is housed in a former grocery and general store that was founded in 1873. The building was transformed into a restaurant in 1994, and it retains all of that rustic charm.
With a sports car, every trip to work or to the grocery store also can be a lot of fun. For those with a need for speed, a sports car provides looks, handling, acceleration and more 'smiles' to the gallon than any other type of vehicle. They can also be taken to the track for some real fun.
Story: Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, arrives in Messina following success in battle, accompanied by several of his men, including Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, Don John. Don Pedro is invited to spend a month at the home of Leonato, whose daughter Hero is in love with Claudio.
Story: Theseus, Duke of Athens, prepares for his wedding to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. He is approached in his court by a nobleman named Egeus, who complains that his daughter, Hermia, prefers to marry a young man named Lysander rather than Demetrius, the suitor selected by her father.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
You can always tell when Oscar season has arrived. Films grow maudlin and tackle subjects like racism, genocide and human dysfunction. The Judge is early out of the gate for Academy consideration and packs a cast of lauded actors, a couple of whom have already made the trip to the dais. The film isn't perfect, but if you want to see some spectacular acting, this is your movie.
With just a single table on the sidewalk outside and subtle signage, it'd be easy to miss Gerard's, and you really don't want to do that because there's much goodness to be had inside the innocuous facade.
If you're thinking of heading to the Cineplex this week, here's the recap of what's worth seeing:
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
Story: Ten people arrive at a mansion on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon, England. Two of them are the newly hired domestic help of a mysterious “Mr. Owen,” who instructs them to prepare his home for a number of guests who are to arrive on the same day.
Story: At a carnival shooting gallery, the proprietor encourages a motley group of misfits to purchase guns and take aim on their frustrations by assassinating an American president. Historical eras overlap as disgruntled actor John Wilkes Booth commences the violence with the murder of President Abraham Lincoln to avenge the South’s loss in the Civil War.
Since it opened earlier this year, Three Flags Tavern has been one of the tougher reservations to get around town. After finally getting a table, it became immediately obvious why folks have been crowding this establishment.
What is your dream for the perfect place to spend your retirement? Maybe it’s a newly remodeled home on 20-plus acres, including a lake and plenty of rustic walking trails. Perhaps it’s close to family, and offers convenient access to a slew of artistic, culinary and intellectual activities, as well as provides a full continuum of medical care.
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) leaves his rural Missouri cul de sac one sunny July day and heads to visit his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), at a neighborhood bar they co-own. There, Nick receives a call from a neighbor letting him know—we assume—that his front door is open and his cat has gotten out. When Nick returns to retrieve the animal, something is not right.
Story: Bo lives a quiet but adventurous life with her parents in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in New Mexico. The “Land of Enchantment,” however, can be challenging for the home-schooled Bo, who yearns for amenities such as indoor plumbing and modern communication devices.
Story: Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were two kids chafing to escape the cross-hairs of the Great Depression. Clyde’s father was an itinerant farmer, always beholden to someone else for the meager wages that fed his wife and two sons, while Bonnie was raised by her God-fearing widowed mother to work hard and respect the system.