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Review: Storks

posted: 09/23/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Writer-director Nicholas Stoller is best known for writing and directing movies with people like Judd Apatow (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Seth Rogen (Neighbors), so it's bit of a jolt to see him behind a movie that doesn't prominently feature drugs or bodily functions.

The best and worst at Toronto festival

posted: 09/23/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Sometime on Saturday morning at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, I literally hit the floor. I had just watched Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, an overwrought drama involving lost love and World War II (see below), and by the time the credits started to roll, I was already half out of my seat and bounding down the steps toward the exit.

Home Movies

posted: 09/23/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross

Sully maintains box office altitude

posted: 09/23/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Sully, the Warner Bros. drama about the heroics of US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger, led the box office for a second weekend, fending off challenges from several debuting releases.

Review: The Hollars

posted: 09/23/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

There's a distressingly familiar feel to John Krasinski's The Hollars, a film that might be most useful as a demonstration of what people mean when they call something a "Sundance dramedy." It's yet another quirky story about an artistic young man who -- having achieved escape velocity and migrated from his quaintly goofy/stultifying small hometown for the big city -- finds himself called homeward on a mission and must deal with his dysfunctional family, a clan that we are given to believe is very unlike our hero.

Moods of movies no maker's mirror

posted: 09/23/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

As you might imagine after scanning his filmography, chock-full of feel-bad, jet black dramedies that includes Happiness, Storytelling, and Life During Wartime, writer/director Todd Solondz isn't terribly concerned about being seen as a buzzkill. His work, at times arch, but absolutely pitiless toward his mooning, miserable characters, captures a kind of globally depressing vibe that tends to leave you a good deal less happy to be alive than when you walked into the theater. At the same time, his ear for dialogue and willingness to roam in territory most of the rest of us would just as soon pretend doesn't exist, give his best work a feverish immediacy that can't easily be discounted.

Coming movies

posted: 09/23/2016 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Deepwater Horizon, PG-13 A chronicle of the courage workers showed when an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew out April 20, 2010, and thousands of barrels of oil started to flow into the waters. With Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, John Malkovich; directed by Peter Berg. Sept. 30

Previews

posted: 09/23/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

The Hollars

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/23/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Here's an electronic hint that I think the younger generation could benefit from and the older generation should get better at. I've learned to video chat with my children, and while it's a great way to talk to them when they live out of state, it's also a handy tool for "on the spot" teaching.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/23/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. It's a year of high ambition, and you'll match your aims. Whoever stimulates that dreamy side of your personality is a true godsend. You'll appreciate, give to and help the ones who support you, and in return you'll all be lifted high.

On Christianity

posted: 09/23/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How good do you have to be before you can become a Christian? My parents were very anti-religion, but now that I'm an adult I feel a need for God. But maybe I'm not good enough to be a Christian.

Super Quiz: Names

posted: 09/23/2016 1:38 a.m. Discuss

1. Peeping _______

Their Money's On Fun

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Printing money is the Hammond family business.

Revealing 'Hidden Medicine'

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

John Two-Hawks takes his music seriously.

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Today None the Wiser -- 9 p.m., with Notice to Quit, Lush Workers, and Foggy Bobcat, Backspace, Fayetteville. $5.

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Aaron Goldberg & Ali Paris

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

"The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society is not a politically affiliated organization," says Robert Ginsburg, its executive director. "Our mission is to present, preserve, promote and celebrate the art of jazz."

The Future Of Entertainment

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas loves its festivals. It seems like there's a different one nearly every weekend. But while most of those festivals are centered around music or beer, few incorporate technology -- until now.

Being Washed Up Feels Good

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

It's been just over a month since Little Rock band Knox Hamilton released their innovative music video for the song "Washed Up Together" -- a move that has been getting them a lot of attention. As of this writing, the video has 930,102 views, perhaps due in no small part to pop star Katy Perry tweeting about the video the day after its release to her nearly 93 million followers.

Laughing At Ourselves

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

"You'll have to bring your own holster," says 2016 Gridiron Show producer and University of Arkansas professor Katherine Shurlds as she dangles a plastic pistol in front of a performer at the beginning of a recent rehearsal.

FYI

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

TODAY (9/23) Sunset Dinner Cruise -- 4 p.m., Rocky Branch Marina on Beaver Lake. Hosted by Hobbs State Park. $40. Reservations at 789-5000.

Art For Everyone

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Turning a negative into a positive isn't always easy, and it doesn't happen overnight, but Rosilee Russell's determination to provide arts education in the River Valley is making lemonade out of lemons in less than two months.

Games Along The Greenway

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Love it or hate it, Bikes, Blues & BBQ is here, and motorcycles have taken over the roads. During this annual rally, Northwest Arkansas residents usually do one of two things -- join in or hide out, says Misty Murphy, executive director of Downtown Springdale Alliance. This year the organization is offering another option.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The 17th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ hits the streets this weekend, with venues on Dickson Street, at Baum Stadium and at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville and at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. Here's what you need to know:

Yards Of Yarn

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

She’ll be the girl in the crocheted sneakers. She’ll also be the girl surrounded by yards of yarn.

Restaurant Transitions: New burger food truck; fire at Midtown Billiards; Stoby's reopening progress

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

There was a lot of talk at the farewell dinner for 1620/1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, a couple of weeks ago about what was going to happen to the building. Now we know that Jim Keet and his family, who operate three current and one pending area Taziki's restaurants, have bought the building, contents and equipment from Rush Harding III in a deal set to be consummated today. And he has formed a working partnership with a Little Rock culinary legend -- Louis Petit, who has been in Florida for several years helping his son Louis Petit Jr. with the popular and aptly named Louis Louis on the Gulf Coast near Destin. Petit, of course, started out at Jacques and Suzanne's, and ran or was involved in several area restaurants, including Piccolo and Cafe Prego.

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