‘Glass’ shatters the illusion that Shyamalan has purpose

‘Glass’ shatters the illusion that Shyamalan has purpose

By Chic DiCiccio The very idea of pitting David Dunn (Bruce Willis) from “Unbreakable” and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) from “Split” against each other is exceptionally tasty. Title it “Glass,” add in criminal mastermind Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson, also from “Unbreakable”) cackling on the sidelines, and you’ve got the recipe for a unique […]

Chocolate biscuits? Jack’s says: Yes!

Chocolate biscuits? Jack’s says: Yes!

By Sara Newberry Jack’s Kitchen is a cheery little spot that serves southern-inspired dishes at brunch, lunch and dinner. On the face of it, the dishes are pure comfort food — you’ll find meatloaf, pot roast, and mac & cheese — but the elements of the dishes are more sophisticated. The mac & cheese is […]

Golden Globes wouldn’t know a star was born if they saw it

Golden Globes wouldn’t know a star was born if they saw it

By Chic DiCiccio It hasn’t been one full week and it’s still difficult to process the insanity that was the 2019 Golden Globe winners. While more interested in star power than anything else, this laid-back award show still is a decent precursor to the Oscars. However, this year threw most movie fans and critics for […]

Bullock is brilliant, but ‘Bird Box’ is unnerving

Bullock is brilliant, but ‘Bird Box’ is unnerving

By Chic DiCiccio During the week of Christmas, approximately 45 million people celebrated the holiday spirit by watching the horror-thriller “Bird Box.” There’s also been countless promos and commercials all over television, the internet, social media, buses, sandwich boards, etc. It’s basically the most hyped up movie to never be shown in theaters.  So, is […]

And the favorite meals of 2018 are …

And the favorite meals of 2018 are …

By Sara Newberry The year 2018 has been an interesting one for local restaurants. We lost Mamoun’s (after less than a year!), as well as local favorite Blind Butcher, and the legendary Highland Park Soda Fountain. On the flipside, we welcomed newcomers in Jaram’s Donuts, Jack’s Kitchen (review to come soon!) and Taco Heads. I’ve […]

Blunt’s performance rescues ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Blunt’s performance rescues ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

By Chic DiCiccio “Mary Poppins Returns” is a peculiar movie. It’s the type of movie that is impossible to dislike … while you’re watching it. Afterwards, you quickly realize that nostalgia, clever acting and the over-abundance of Disney-induced joy had overridden your common sense and caused you to overlook several flaws. It’s also about 30-minutes […]

‘Phantom of the Opera’ returns to DSM’s lair

‘Phantom of the Opera’ returns to DSM’s lair

By Shari Goldstein Stern For the “The Phantom of the Opera” (POTO) purist, the current run of the Tony award-winner at Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) will satisfy your ongoing desire to see the show again and again. For those who are hearing the magical score and enjoying the dark, ethereal musical for the first time, […]

‘Mowgli’ too frightening, and depressing, to survive for long

‘Mowgli’ too frightening, and depressing, to survive for long

By Chic DiCiccio Here’s a word you wouldn’t expect to see regarding a movie based on a Rudyard Kipling book: traumatizing. That word isn’t being used from a child’s perspective either. “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” will not only make you quite sleepy, it will leave your retinas permanently scarred with a shockingly depressing image.  […]

Career-topping performances make ‘The Favourite’ just that

Career-topping performances make ‘The Favourite’ just that

By Chic DiCiccio “The Favourite” is a zany, highly clever period piece that can best be described as a Monty Python movie that was directed by Stanley Kubrick. It’s directed to technical perfection by Yorgos Lanthimos (and future Best Director Oscar winner) and everything from the costuming to classical music score is as gorgeous as […]

Maya’s makes new foods accessible

Maya’s makes new foods accessible

By Sara Newberry Maya’s Modern Mediterranean is the newest eatery in the Casa Linda shopping center, located in the space that was formerly occupied by Alligator Cafe. It’s exciting to have a Middle Eastern place so close by.  I approached Maya’s Modern Mediterranean like this: the menu is kind of a gateway to more authentic […]

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