Entries by Jay Ruud

Black Panther

Black Panther Ryan Coogler (2018) Chadwick Boseman has so convincingly made a career out of playing iconic African American figures—Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall—that it should come as no surprise that in Black Panther he transcends the iconic and enters the realm of the mythic. Boseman’s T’Challa, king of the (fictional) central African nation […]

Oriental Kitchen

Review No. 95: Oriental Kitchen 1000 Morningside Drive 48.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants (501) 328-3255   The Situation She Said: I found myself with cancelled dinner plans, so He Said suggested we try Oriental Kitchen, which is a Chinese restaurant we’d heard about but had never been to. Since I work at home, I […]

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread Paul Thomas Anderson (2017) Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest offering, Phantom Thread, seems at first to be a strange choice for a Best Picture nominee. Though critics have been effusive about the film, actual audiences have been less than thrilled. With a 69 percent audience-approval rating on Rottentomatoes.com (in contrast with a 91 percent […]

Pizza Hut

Review No. 94: Pizza Hut 705 Club Lane 47.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants (501) 327-4449   The Situation He Said: She Said was hankering for a pizza, and there’s certainly no lack of pizza places we have not yet reviewed in Conway, so we checked our short list of Restaurants To Review, and out […]

I, Tonya

I, Tonya Craig Gillespie (2017) Just in time for the winter Olympics, Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) revisits the big story of the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer: the worldwide scandal featuring American figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. If you were alive and in any sense conscious in 1994, you will remember […]

MarketPlace Grill

Review No. 93: MarketPlace Grill 599 Skyline Drive 47.0 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants (501) 336-0011 The Situation She Said: Some morning conference calls for my paying job as a market researcher gave me an appetite, and I recalled MarketPlace Grill, which we had not visited in at least 10 years, maybe more. I figured […]