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.
If you're thinking of heading to the Cineplex this week, here's the recap of what's worth seeing:
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.
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.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.
It seems that lately, a slew of former Saturday Night Live cast-members are branching out, with varying degrees of success. One need only glance at a Rob Schneider comedy to know the downside of these attempts. Will Forte turned in a solid performance in Nebraska, Tina Fey has had spotty success, and Will Ferrell is a superstar. And while Kristen Wiig had a monster hit with Bridesmaids, this is her first foray into an actor-driven independent film, and she and her SNL castmate Bill Hader deliver.
Nothing grabbing you at the theater? Here are the options for home:
I have to say I almost skipped this movie because the title sounds so much like a Western. I just kept picturing Clint Eastwood at a cemetery at high noon for the shootout, a low whistling music in the background...you see my point. This movie, however, is most definitely not a Western. Here, action mainstay Liam Neeson helps a man find out what happened when his wife is abducted. Sound familiar? Rest assured, it's not Taken; this film is something much darker, and much less satisfying.
When Duff's left the CWE, it left quite a hole in the neighborhood's dining scene. But almost immediately, the folks behind such popular eateries as The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub stepped in to put the space to use. The result is Cucina Pazzo.
Story: Life in Czarist Russia is harsh for the Jewish residents of Anatevka, but it is the life they know. Their story is seen through the lens of Tevye the dairyman, who with his wife Golda struggles to raise their five daughters according to the precepts of the “Good Book.” The world, however, is evolving rapidly, and those changes are reaching even into their small, inconspicuous community.
Story: For 36 years Willy Loman has led the life of a salesman, covering all of New England for the New York company and its products that he represents. To hear Willy tell it, he cuts a wide swath through the northeastern United States, where people welcome him with open arms and deep pockets.
The dual culinary movements of barbecue and whiskey continue to gain traction around town. Case in point: Salt & Smoke in the Delmar Loop, which incorporates both of these tasty trends to fine effect.
Frankly, I don't understand how this thing got produced. The film spans the final two years in the short but memorable life of screen legend Errol Flynn. And while the film seems to be merely allegation and conjecture, if we are to believe what is being portrayed, it has to be one of the more nauseating tales from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Story: Life is fine and dandy for the residents of Armadillo Acres, a tiny trailer park in Stark, Florida, a fur piece from any main drag in the Sunshine State. Of course, they have their problems, which Betty and her pals Lin and Pickles describe with a flair for a receptive audience.
The St. Louis area is packed with historic dwellings and buildings. We recently spoke with Landmarks Association of St. Louis executive director Andrew Weil to find out more about some of the properties the organization protects.
Story: Mabry Hoffman has a Ph.D. in anthropology but no job to pay the bills to support her son and herself. Thus, she’s interested when she hears about a project operated by the United States Army called The Human Terrain, a proof-of-concept initiative established in 2006 to “improve the military’s ability to understand the highly complex local, socio-cultural environment in the areas where (it is) deployed.”
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.
Hodak's has become a bit of a local institution over the years. This South City fixture, which takes up the corner of McNair and Gravois avenues and then some, has been around since 1962 and continues to attract a loyal fan base.
Story: In part three of Richard Wagner’s mythical tetralogy, The Ring Cycle, the hero Siegfried spends his days cajoling Mime, the Nibelung dwarf and brother of Alberich who raised Siegfried after the deaths of his parents, Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde. For his part, Mime hopes to manipulate Siegfried so that he can possess the fabled Ring.
Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
Just because you have to drive the occasional carpool doesn't mean you can’t drive a fun, exciting car. There are many interesting and entertaining sporty sedans that give you the practicality of a four-door sedan with the performance and good looks of a sports car.
For hundreds of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of ills, including pain, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Using similar principles based on identifying and targeting ‘energy meridians’ in the body, practitioners of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) teach individuals to address the same types of issues through an easy do-it-yourself process.