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 […]

Two sequels: one knock out, one down for the count

By Chic DiCiccio During the next weekend, one could run out and see two entries into movie franchises that have a total of 16 films preceding them. Folks, that is a whole lot of movie. Other than hours of backstory, that’s about all that the Harry Potter and Rocky Balboa franchises have in common. Oh, […]

Pho Bowl calls for repeat visits

Pho Bowl calls for repeat visits

By Sara Newberry The weather has finally tricked me. After years of warm temperatures from March to the end of October, Dallas has finally welcomed a proper November cold front. Up until last week, I was still running around in T-shirts, enjoying the okra still growing in my garden, and generally enjoying what usually passes […]

Skilled actors save ‘Green Book’ from being a disaster

Skilled actors save ‘Green Book’ from being a disaster

By Chic DiCiccio There are some movies that make you feel all warm and fuzzy while you’re sitting in the theater. You laugh, cry, wince, essentially run the gamut of emotional responses. But then, maybe while you drive home, you think about what you’ve seen and how nearly every second of it was a calculated […]

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a lackadaisical look at a fabulous life

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a lackadaisical look at a fabulous life

By Chic DiCiccio Freddie Mercury was, by all accounts, an extremely promiscuous, hardcore drinker with a penchant for cocaine. He also happened to be an outwardly lovely person with some deep inner demons due to several personal and public reasons. In short, Freddie was a complex person who chose, whether personally or due to society’s […]