Mi Cocina fans will love Taco Diner

Mi Cocina fans will love Taco Diner

By Sara Newberry Taco Diner is one of the concepts created by the MCrowd Restaurant Group, who are also behind Mi Cocina and The Mercury. The Mercury is a fine dining establishment, with a kitchen helmed by esteemed local chef Chris Ward. Mi Cocina and Taco Diner are similar in that they both have Mexican-inspired […]

All the Oscar buzz is about who’s missing from the show

All the Oscar buzz is about who’s missing from the show

By Chic DiCiccio The 2019 Academy Awards are this Sunday night so that means it’s time for the obligatory Oscar predictions, complete with what movies, actors and actresses were ripped off.  Quick preview: there will be many mentions of “Hereditary” in this column. The fact that anyone could prefer anything about the train wreck that […]

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ far more fun than most RomComs

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ far more fun than most RomComs

By Chic DiCiccio It’s a clever trick for a movie to satirize an entire film genre while, in fact, fully embracing it. Go too hard and you’ve got a sour, angry movie on your hands. Take it too easy, well, then you don’t have too much of a satire. “Isn’t It Romantic” almost pulls that […]

Havana Cafe satisfies Cuban cravings

Havana Cafe satisfies Cuban cravings

By Sara Newberry Havana Cafe has been open for a few years now, and I attempted to review it when it was first open. Unfortunately, my experience was not a positive one, so I did not write about it. I put Havana Cafe on the back burner and visited other spots around town. Finally, I […]

‘What Men Want’ isn’t what anyone needs in a movie

‘What Men Want’ isn’t what anyone needs in a movie

By Chic DiCiccio How many movies would you pick for a remake before you got to 2000’s Mel Gibson-starring “What Women Want?” One hundred? Five thousand? One million? If someone has been counting towards that exact figure, your work here is done, my friend.  On the surface, flipping the gender from “What Women Want” to […]

‘Conversations with a Killer’ a depressing version of tragic events

‘Conversations with a Killer’ a depressing version of tragic events

By Chic DiCiccio It seems like there is a never-ending appetite for true crime stories. From the “Escape at Dannemora” miniseries to the documentary, “Wild Wild Country,” your true crime fix is right at the press of the button from the comforts of your own couch … and a few $10-12 monthly fees.  The latest […]

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ requires buying stock in Kleenex

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ requires buying stock in Kleenex

By Chic DiCiccio If you rank around a five on a dog person scale of one to 10, be sure to take a travel sized package of tissues into the theater to see “A Dog’s Way Home.” If you hit an eight, prep for what can best be described as an ugly cry. There isn’t […]

‘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 […]