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I’m confused. This movie has received a ton of award buzz, particularly for the lead acting performance of Oscar favorite Bruce Dern and the breakout dramatic performance of SNL alum Will Forte. Suffice it to say, the bar was set high. To say the movie failed to live up to expectations is an understatement.
Well, I’m not delighted. I’m not disappointed. I’m not teary (not too teary). I’m not charmed. What I am is incensed. This movie pulls what I refer to as a 'trailer dupe.' That’s where the trailer leads you to believe a movie is one thing—in this case a heartwarming comic adventure to reunite a mother with her long-lost son--but the film is something else entirely.
No doubt about it, Cielo Restaurant & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown has one of the best views in the city. But while the vistas are stunning, the food is what makes Cielo one of the best restaurants in town.
Frankly, this is one of those movie reviews where the space would be better filled by giving you my savory beef stew recipe than actually discussing the film. I mean, I could tell you that halfway through the movie, pigmies run in and jab the audience with pointy sticks. But if you’re going to see it, you’re going to see it. On the flip side, I could tell you that going to see this movie is like watching Pretty Woman, sitting next to George Clooney, while getting a foot massage, eating Champagne truffles on Prozac. But if you don’t want to see it, you’re not going to see it.
There's nothing we like better than visiting an old favorite and finding a couple of new gems on the menu. That's the delightful situation we found ourselves in recently when we dropped in on Cardwell's at the Plaza.
Story: Deloris van Cartier, a lounge singer who adapted her name from the famous jewelry, is hoping that her married boyfriend, producer Curtis Jackson, will surprise her with a breakout gig for a Christmas present. Instead, he gives her one of his wife’s old coats. When she goes to his office for an explanation, she sees him kill a man. Curtis then orders his thugs to kill Deloris as she runs away.
YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.
Who can you trust? Where can you get accurate information? There are a lot of misinformation and falsehoods online. Many people, however passionate, are just plain uneducated—these are the ones who post based on emotion and not on facts. Others have political, religious or other agendas that they want to promote with little or no regard for the truth. Another group can be considered the scam artists, who only have one purpose: to take your money. Another category is reserved for terrorists or hate groups, who want to impose their hateful ideologies. For them, truth has a very low priority. In addition, there are honest misunderstandings, in which people just don’t fact-check before they post.
It seems a lot of people had very high hopes for this film. Critics certainly predicted it would have a presence come awards season. Matthew McConaughey definitely had big ambitions as he continues to chase the ever-elusive Oscar predicted for him so many years ago. Most important, audiences had the bar set high in anticipation of a thought-provoking, touching and beautifully acted film. All I can say is, don’t shoot the messenger.
There's nothing like popping in to the local public house for a pint and some bites to warm up on a blustery fall day, and Dressel's Public House in the CWE has long been one of our favorite spots for doing just that.
If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
Story: Interspersing parables from the Gospel according to Matthew (along with a few from the Gospel according to Luke) with music inspired by Christian hymns, Godspell takes a look at the public life of Jesus Christ, from his baptism by his cousin and precursor, John the Baptist, to his crucifixion and death a few years later.
Story: In February 1964 the ‘British Invasion’ of pop music climaxed with the wildly popular quartet from Liverpool known as The Beatles appearing ‘live’ on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show. For the next six years, rock music’s most famous band churned out hit after memorable hit.
Story: John, a professor, is riding high these days. He’s been nominated for tenure at the university where he teaches. Confident that he’ll gain that security, he and his wife have found a new home and are in the process of closing on it.
Robust Wine Bar's Webster Groves location has long been renowned for its fabulous wine selection, as well as the fine food coming out of the kitchen. Earlier this year, Robust ventured into the city for its second location, Robust Downtown at the MX. While the vibe is a bit different than the original, the menu and wine offerings at the new Robust remain top-notch.
I’m always iffy about time-travel movies--there’s always that over-analysis of plot points that strain the willing suspension of disbelief. That being said, this romantic dra-medy employs time-travel as both a comedic device and a catalyst for the life lesson that is the film’s focus. So, in a way, the logic--or lack thereof--of traveling back in time to relive an event is less important than the bigger picture. That’s all a very wordy way of saying, Don’t think too much about it, just enjoy it.
One can’t help but immediately be struck by the striking similarity between this film and another Oscar contender, Gravity. Neither is a plot-driven film, and both feature a lone character fighting for survival against a powerful force of nature. Instead of Sandra Bullock’s frenetic stream-of-consciousness chatter, here we have Robert Redford’s stoic sailor. For those of you who have thought through the years that Redford is so spectacularly attractive you could just watch him for two hours, here’s your chance.
Story: The well-to-do Duncans of Main Line, Philadelphia seem to live in a TV sitcom from the ‘50s. Arthur is a bank president, his wife Grace spends her days dressed in heels and jewelry on shopping sprees and daughter Emma is a bundle of frazzled nerves from her wide eyes down to her bobby socks. She desperately longs for boyfriend Tommy to pop the question so they can get married and she can start her own idyllic family. Instead, Grace orders Tommy to put on a maid’s uniform and get busy with his new chores, since she’s unimpressed that he’s a waiter.
Story: Five months after the outbreak of World War I, a number of British, French and German troops positioned in trenches alongside “no man’s land” stopped their fighting for a brief but poignant period on Christmas Eve, 1914.
Here, we have the golden years’ version of The Hangover: Four friends head to Vegas for a bachelor party; this time, the groom is 70. So far, so good. No doubt four lifelong buddies heading out to Sin City would provide a seamless vein of comedy to mine, one would think.
Here’s the thing: Is it possible to dislike this movie? Surely, one can loathe slavery, inhumanity and evil, and not particularly like a film about it. This movie tells an unfathomably horrible true story about the abduction and enslavement of a free black man in mid-19th century America. It’s painful to watch—often because of the subject matter and occasionally because of some awkward film-making and direction that doesn't seem to trust the power of the story itself.
We recently made it back to The Grill, The Ritz's high-end steakhouse concept. Executive chef Melissa Lee has more than stepped up to the challenge of maintaining standards while putting her own stamp on the menu.
As a a holistic physician practicing in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a common thread running through many of her patients’ lives: They were stressed out. And that stress seemed to be affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management a focus of her work, helping educate patients and others about how anxiety affects health and what to do about it.
Story: On the eve of World War II, famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud invites little known Oxford professor C.S. Lewis to his London flat. Lewis suspects that Dr. Freud intends to chastise him for some flippant remarks made by Lewis about the noted atheist in a new book the Christian author has written. He is surprised to hear that Freud hasn’t read the book at all, and also stunned to learn that the 83-year-old physician is dying of cancer.
Story: Encouraged by his Uncle Mike, Mitch grew up wanting to be a jazz pianist. After college and briefly dabbling in his desired profession, however, he ends up in journalism. He does pretty well at it, too, as an ambitious sports reporter who eventually nabs a regular column for a daily newspaper as well as radio and TV opportunities that fuel the self-centered writer.