‘It Chapter Two’ bone chilling, yet bittersweet

‘It Chapter Two’ bone chilling, yet bittersweet

By Chic DiCiccio “We need to split up.” It’s the kiss of death in horror movies. This is particularly so in “It Chapter Two,” but for a different reason. It’s due to the fact that after one fantastic scene of the now adult and reunited Losers Club, you hate to see them apart.  “It Chapter […]

Fans missing summer movies should find ‘Mindhunter’

Fans missing summer movies should find ‘Mindhunter’

By Chic DiCiccio R.I.P. summer movie season. It officially ended on August 29. Sure, September has a few big releases (“It Chapter Two” and “Ad Astra”), but for the most part, it’s kaput. So where do movie junkies go to spend their valuable screen gazing time? Netflix, that’s where. If you can keep your eyeballs […]

Expert food critic recaps favorites

Expert food critic recaps favorites

By Sara Newberry It’s been nearly eight years since Nancy Black, the editor of the White Rock Lake Weekly, called me to ask if I’d be interested in writing restaurant reviews for the paper. (I’m forever grateful to the late Cheryl Collett, who recommended me to Nancy; I will always think fondly of her and […]

Nolte gives ‘Angel Has Fallen’ heart, humor

Nolte gives ‘Angel Has Fallen’  heart, humor

By Chic DiCiccio For those that are wondering, you can go into “Angel Has Fallen” without seeing the previous “Fallen” films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” Let’s just be nice and say the storylines aren’t exactly deep.  That being said, “Angel” is kind of a blast. Literally. From the opening kinetic sequence to […]

‘Good Boys’ destined to become cult classic

‘Good Boys’ destined to become cult classic

By Chic DiCiccio Some of the easiest movie jokes involve making young kids curse. Even “Avengers Endgame” did it with a cleverly placed s-bomb. For 90-minutes, that gag is the main thrust of “Good Boys.” However, the movie lives up to its title as nearly all the debauchery is done by three 11-year old boys […]

First Watch sails in Lake Highlands

First Watch sails in Lake Highlands

By Sara Newberry The name First Watch is inspired by the first shift of the day on a ship, and the goal of the Florida-based chain is to help their customers start their day off right with a delicious and reasonably healthy breakfast. Since the early 80s, First Watch was built on a “customer-first” philosophy, […]

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ movie as great as the book

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ movie as great as the book

By Chic DiCiccio In case you were wondering if “The Art of Racing in the Rain” was going to be an all-out tearjerker, just know that the story begins with a senior golden retriever knowingly nearing the end of his life. The dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), explains how he feels about the situation […]

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ perfect goofy action-comedy for summer

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ perfect goofy action-comedy for summer

By Chic DiCiccio Look, after eight “Fast and Furious” movies, you know what you’re going to get. There’s going to be unapologetic action, one-liners and a teensy tiny bit of story. It’s the ultimate switch-off-your-brain franchise and peak movie escapism.  “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is no different. Except it kind of is. […]

FCT brings new flavor to Lakewood

FCT brings new flavor to Lakewood

By Sara Newberry Full Circle Tavern (FCT) has been open in the Cedars neighborhood since 2013 and has become a neighborhood favorite. I have a feeling they’re looking at the same outcome for their new location in Lakewood Village. Occupying the space once home to the beloved Angelo’s (pour a Chianti out for Angelo’s) and, […]

‘Once upon a time … in Hollywood’ jumps from facts to fiction

‘Once upon a time … in Hollywood’ jumps from facts to fiction

By Chic DiCiccio Love it or hate it, the one thing that everyone can take away from “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” is that director-writer Quentin Tarantino sure loves Los Angeles. More specifically in this case, 1969 Los Angeles. After three or four lengthy shots of his characters driving around the city, Tarantino […]