‘A Quiet Place’ must be experienced to be believed

By Chic DiCiccio “A Quiet Place” may be one of the best movies about the ups and downs of parenting ever. Of course, the ups include living to see another day and the downs involve a potential ghastly death. This thriller/horror film is a giant metaphor designed to prey on every nerve in the body […]

Pie Tap creates solid foundation with crust

Pie Tap creates solid foundation with crust

When Mellow Mushroom opened on Henderson, my firm opinion was that the last thing that stretch of road needed was another pizza place. That was, of course, before Pie Tap opened its doors. Mellow Mushroom closed in the summer of 2016, after less than a year. Pie Tap will be around for the duration. Pie […]

‘Death of Stalin’ takes unbelievable leaps for laughs

‘Death of Stalin’ takes unbelievable leaps for laughs

By Chic DiCiccio By Chic DiCiccio In January of this year, the Russian Ministry of Culture banned “The Death of Stalin.” Their office called this scathing, bitingly funny satire an example of “ideological warfare.” That information alone should be the biggest selling point for “The Death of Stalin.” Anyone who has seen “In the Loop” […]

Vikander’s choices inspired in ‘Tomb Raider’

Vikander’s choices inspired in ‘Tomb Raider’

By Chic DiCiccio There really isn’t a more perfect choice to play an adventure-seeking video game heroine than Alicia Vikander. Like Angelina Jolie before her, Vikander has the athleticism and screen presence to make an outrageous premise like that in “Tomb Raider” seem plausible. It’s a shame that this reboot is an overcooked assault on […]

Only hard core Sci-Fi lovers can save ‘Annihilation’

Only hard core Sci-Fi lovers can save ‘Annihilation’

By Chic DiCiccio After one week in theaters, “Annihilation” has faced the perfect mix of box office disaster. Head to head competition with a runaway hit in “Black Panther?” Check. Genre movie based on a seriously weird sci-fi novel? Check. Last minute freak out from production company Paramount based on horrendous test screenings? You got […]

IdleRye immediately becomes go-to favorite

By Sara Newberry I try so many new restaurants that a place has to be pretty special for me to put it into my regular rotation after I’ve written about it. Lounge Here made the cut, as did Oni Ramen. And now I will add Oni’s neighbor, IdleRye, to that list. On both of my […]

Plemons steals the show from ‘Game Night’ veterans

By Chic DiCiccio “Game Night” is another entry in what could be a sub-genre of comedy called “escalation comedy.” Movies of this freshly minted genre have only one prerequisite: each scene must be zanier than the previous one. Movies like this dance on the razor’s edge between amusement and unintentional irritancy. While never reaching gut-busting […]

Abrams way off beaten path with ‘Cloverfield Paradox’

Abrams way off beaten path with ‘Cloverfield Paradox’

By Chic DiCiccio In an effort to release a movie that is actually worse than the Will Smith-starring “Bright,” Netflix has snagged the distribution rights to the J.J. Abrams-produced “The Cloverfield Paradox.” The only smart decision regarding this movie involves marketing. Netflix made it available for streaming the moment that the Super Bowl ended on […]

Short-rib enchiladas rule at Don Chingon

Short-rib enchiladas rule at Don Chingon

By Sara Newberry The newest spot for Tex-Mex on Lower Greenville is Don Chingon, which opened last fall and is the latest concept to come from The Syn Group, who are also behind the Social House in Uptown. The goal was to a create a fun atmosphere and a fresh spin on Tex-Mex cuisine. The […]

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