SaSa Sushi surpasses expectations

SaSa Sushi surpasses expectations

By Sara Newberry When Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs closed in 2016, I know a lot of people wondered what would pop up in its place. I’m sure most, like me, just assumed it would just be another pub or tavern, similar to the Cock & Bull, or another family-friendly fast-casual spot like Liberty Burger. I could […]

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is exactly what an event movie should be

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is exactly what an event movie should be

By Chic DiCiccio Eleven years. Twenty-one movies. That is the buildup for “Avengers: Endgame,” which is this week’s Most Anticipated Movie of All Time. The fact that Marvel Studios and Disney made it this far is almost unimaginable and this 181-minute epic faces near impossible expectations.  “Avengers: Endgame” surpasses any and all expectation. This happens […]

Costner, Harrelson’s drive make ‘The Highwaymen’ move

Costner, Harrelson’s drive make ‘The Highwaymen’ move

By Chic DiCiccio If you ever needed a movie to tell you that the 1930s criminals Bonnie and Clyde were not solid individuals, “The Highwaymen” is for you. It’s essentially the exact opposite of 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde.” Instead of glorifying two criminals as star-crossed lovers, director John Lee Hancock’s police procedural treats them like […]

Cake or pie? The pies have it!

Cake or pie? The pies have it!

By Sara Newberry There are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people. While I am sure there are very fine people who like cake, I am, unreservedly, a pie person. While I definitely have my favorites (coconut cream and anything lemon), I am of the opinion that there is no bad pie, just […]

‘Shazam!’ ready to take DC world to new levels

‘Shazam!’ ready to take DC world to new levels

By Chic DiCiccio The first 20 minutes of “Shazam!” details the lives of two teenage boys. One is ridiculed and mocked by his father and older brother and the other is abandoned and left to become a foster child. With a backstory that dark, it would be okay for you to assume this is another […]

Petra and the Beast phantasmagorical

Petra and the Beast phantasmagorical

By Sara Newberry Usually when I struggle with writing one of these reviews it’s either because the experience was so bad I am trying to think of something nice to say, or the experience was so mediocre I’m trying to think of anything to say at all. This time I’m not having either of those […]

Oscar winner’s performance flat out ‘chilling’ in ‘Us’

Oscar winner’s performance flat out ‘chilling’ in ‘Us’

By Chic DiCiccio While “Us” isn’t likely to snag a Best Picture nomination like “Get Out” did for writer-director Jordan Peele, it’s definitely the leader in the clubhouse for 2019’s Best Dad Joke Series. It’s also liable to underwhelm those looking for a satirical message and maybe even those hoping for a hardcore horror flick. […]

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’s’ strength is in its cast

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’s’ strength is in its cast

By Chic DiCiccio Recently, Steven Spielberg made news with his push to make Netflix movies ineligible for Oscar consideration. Up until “Roma,” The Beard and other Academy Award voters didn’t have much to worry about as there weren’t any movies worth one vote. But with films due this year from previous Oscar winners like Martin […]

Moon Wok new go-to Chinese place

Moon Wok new go-to Chinese place

By Sara Newberry Good Chinese food is not all that easy to come by in our neck of the woods, and good Chinese delivery is even more of a rare thing. Recently, in a fit of near-desperation after discovering that my usual (admittedly pretty mediocre) place would no longer deliver to me, I decided to […]

‘Captain Marvel’ is a confusing head scratcher

‘Captain Marvel’ is a confusing head scratcher

By Chic DiCiccio For the first time in what seems like forever, Marvel Studios has whiffed. Okay, maybe not a whiff, but “Captain Marvel” is the movie equivalent of a lazy fly ball. It’s a movie from a studio that knows failure isn’t possible and, as long as it’s passable, fans aren’t going to revolt. […]