Efron darkly disturbing in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil’

Efron darkly disturbing in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil’

By Chic DiCiccio True crime is so hot right now. From podcasts to documentaries, there’s an unlimited supply. This includes last year’s Netflix doc, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” which was as popular as any have been in recent memory. The creator of that documentary, Joe Berlinger, decided that four hours in […]

Searching for the perfect poke

Searching for the perfect poke

By Sara Newberry Poke, for me, is the perfect middle of the road option for when I’m in the mood for sushi, but either don’t have the time to sit down in a sushi restaurant, or don’t want to spend $30-$50 on a sushi meal.  I predicted about two years ago that poke would be […]

‘Long Shot’ so darn charming it’s impossible to resist

‘Long Shot’ so darn charming it’s impossible to resist

By Chic DiCiccio If you strip away much of it, “Long Shot” is an old-fashioned romantic comedy. The high class, straight-laced person falls for their exact opposite, who of course is a flaky underdog that’s completely out of their league. So really, “Long Shot” is just like “Notting Hill” … if you remove the English […]

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. […]