Ethan Hawke creates a masterpiece, and a star, in ‘Blaze’

Ethan Hawke creates a masterpiece, and a star, in ‘Blaze’

By Chic DiCiccio “Blaze” is director Ethan Hawke’s love letter to country singer Blaze Foley, a belligerent, surly drunk who was tragically killed at the age of 40. Blaze wasn’t a good husband, friendly to audiences or remotely close to any commercial success, but he was exceptional at one thing: writing country songs.  So, what […]

True story of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ delivers strong message

True story of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ delivers strong  message

By Chic DiCiccio The first five minutes of “BlacKkKlansman” feature Alec Baldwin spewing racial epitaphs in what appears to be the making of a bigotry training film. When his sweaty upper lip finally stops moving, he disappears from the movie and is oddly never seen or heard from again.  Then, seconds later, John David Washington’s […]

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

By David Mullen Remember a few years ago when Academy Award voters were criticized for seemingly avoiding minority performers in their top award categories? Then the 2016 film “Moonlight,” which starred two gay black male characters living in a troubled neighborhood in Miami, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The much underrated “Hidden Figures,” […]

Trial for treason shows history repeats itself

Trial for treason shows history repeats itself

By Shari Goldstein Stern There are a couple of things you can always count on from Texans. They’re proud of their Texas roots. They enjoy the state’s history. They love to tell stories about both. Now, if you’re the product of several generations of great story-tellers, then you’re as good as the golden Texas sunset. […]

Deen’s new restaurant perfect spot for a getaway with friends

By Shelia Huffman Moms, with summer winding down and school about to start, are you and your girlfriends ready for a “Mother’s Day Out?” Better than butter, and a short drive from Lakewood, is Paula Deen’s new restaurant and retail shop, “The Family Kitchen,” in Fairview. Whoever did “The Lady’s” merchandise design is a marketing […]

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

By Chic DiCiccio The romantic comedy is on life support. The last one that was both critically and financially successful was “Trainwreck,” which isn’t exactly in the same vein as the Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts hits of the 1990s. It’s highly unlikely that “Juliet, Naked” beats Tom Cruise, Marky Mark or a giant shark […]

Focus is in the kitchen at Pho Hanabi

By Sara Newberry Tucked in a busy strip mall, Pho Hanabi is easy to miss. But next time you find yourself hungry and near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Lake Highlands Drive, treat yourself to a delicious Vietnamese meal. You’ll be glad you did. Walking in, the space feels somewhat cavernous, especially during off […]

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ stays true to Pooh

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ stays true to Pooh

By Chic DiCiccio   There are companies that understand branding … and then there is Disney. For example, Disney took an animated movie from 1967 based on a collection of stories initially published in 1894 and turned it into one of 2016’s critical and box office hits, “The Jungle Book.” If Disney can market stories […]

Everyone’s favorite action hero is back in ‘M:I – Fallout’

Everyone’s favorite action hero is back in ‘M:I – Fallout’

By Chic DiCiccio     In “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” Tom Cruise hangs from a helicopter, leaps from one London rooftop to the next, and goes full throttle on a motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe. Please keep in mind it’s all being done by a 56-year-old human being who carries this entire movie franchise […]

Tortas flying under the radar

Tortas flying under the radar

By Sara Newberry During the past couple of years, taquerias have popped up all over town. From the traditional like La Banqueta to the more upscale like Revolver Taco Lounge, there is a taco for everyone. But there are two other Latin dishes that get overlooked sometimes, which are just as satisfying as tacos that […]