Entries by Jay Ruud


Stronger David Gordon Green (2017) Well, you won’t find this movie in Conway, and you’ll have to look pretty closely to find it anywhere in central Arkansas, I suppose because movie houses around here were committed for reasons known only to them to provide as many screens as possible for the less-than-favorably reviewed Kingsman 2 […]

Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria

Review No. 76: Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria 2755 Dave Ward Drive (501) 205-8224 38.7 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I developed a healthy obsession with Middle Eastern food when I lived in suburban Detroit for the summer of 1990: With its large Arabic population, the region has Middle Eastern restaurants […]


mother! Darren Aronofsky (2017) Many people—I would venture to say most people—will not like Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! When you take a look at the movie site RottenTomatoes.com and note that 68 percent of the critics have given it a favorable review, while only 42 percent of the audience liked it, you have to […]

The Little Hours

The Little Hours Dan Baena (2017) The closest thing to Jeff Baena’s film of The Little Hours that you’re likely to have seen is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Both films set their stories in the Middle Ages, both burlesque the period with some fairly contemporary jokes and sensibilities, and both provide not so […]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Review No. 75: Tropical Smoothie Cafe 705 Club Lane (501) 764-4800 38.0 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I was pre-birthday dieting (to prep for eating all the foods the entire weekend I turned 48), so I wanted to find somewhere I could ingest nutrients at a low rate of calorie […]

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever Justin Chadwick (2017) If you have a lush period piece with gorgeous costumes and you get Sir Tom Stoppard, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright who also happens to have an Academy Award for penning Shakespeare in Love, to write your screenplay, and you fill your cast with Oscar-winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and […]

Holly’s Country Cookin’

Review No. 74: Holly’s Country Cookin’ 120 Harkrider Street (501) 328-9738 37.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: We had been to Holly’s, a Conway institution since 1999, exactly once since moving to town 14 years ago, and we figured it was about time to go back. This Southern, home-cooking Mecca […]