Entries by Jay Ruud

The Favourite

The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos (2018) The Favourite, one of the very few films on limited release in December in order to be considered for Oscar nominations that has actually made it to central Arkansas (albeit on but a single screen) is one of those interesting anomalies that has critics cheering (it has a 94 percent […]

Lenny’s Grill and Subs

Review No. 139: Lenny’s Grill and Subs 2501 Dave Ward Drive (501) 205-1404 63.5 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: After a challenging ballet lesson, I was looking for healthy sustenance, and I know that sub shops often have good salad options, so I suggested we roll up on the relatively […]

Boy Erased

Boy Erased Joel Edgerton (2018) Lucas Hedges, as this film’s protagonist Jared Eamons, is rapidly putting together a remarkable portfolio of memorable film performances, from his Oscar-nominated role in Manchester by the Sea, through his sympathetic turns in Ladybird and in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to his Golden-Globe nominated performance in his current film, Boy […]

Newk’s Eatery

Review No. 138: Newk’s Eatery 1040 S. Amity Road, Suite J (501) 697-9444 62.9 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: “Newk’s” sounds like a place where you go to get food heated up in a microwave. But no, turns out it’s a chain of eateries specializing in pizzas, sandwiches, soups and […]

The Front Runner

The Front Runner Jason Reitman (2018) You pretty much have to be my age (and that’s one helluva lot older than today’s average moviegoer) to remember Gary Hart’s aborted campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president, a campaign that began with high hopes and big ideas, and polls that showed him well ahead of […]

Tio’s Mexican Restaurant

Review No. 137: Tio’s Mexican Restaurant 710 South Salem Road (501) 327-9400 62.4 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I got off the treadmill and was pretty hungry for a big ol’ lunch. We tried one place where lines were out the door, so searching on Yelp for an establishment we […]

Green Book

Green Book Peter Farrelly (2018) The new film Green Book opened this past weekend to generally very positive reviews and very positive audience reactions, and this after the film won the Audience Favorite Award at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year. It’s not difficult to see why audiences react favorably to this film: It […]