Entries by Jay Ruud

Shazam

Shazam! David F. Sandberg (2019) Think Penny Marshal’s Big meets a PG-rated Deadpool. That’s basically what you get in the comic but not-so-sardonic-as-Deadpoolnew film from the DC expanded universe, directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and written by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), in which a teenager magically transforms himself into an adult body while […]

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Review No. 153: Einstein Bros. Bagels 250 Donaghey Ave Conway, AR 72035 (501) 852-8886 70.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: She Said had been craving bagels since she listened to a podcast about them recently, so this was an important visit. It’s not as if Conway is swimming in bagel […]

Dumbo

Dumbo Tim Burton (2019) One of the most vivid memories of my life is the first time I saw a family of elephants in the wild in Zambia. I was on a river cruise on the Great Zambezi and saw three elephants—a large male, a smaller female, and a small baby elephant—emerge from the surrounding […]

Bella Italia

Review No. 152: Bella Italia 2755 Dave Ward Drive(501) 932-6066 70.1 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I was winding up a 24-hour fast (it’s healthy, y’all!) and had just come from a barre workout, so I was HUNGRY. We asked our Facebook friends about new restaurants in case we had […]

Gloria Bell

Gloria Bell Sebastian Lelio (2018) Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for his 2017 film A Fantastic Woman, has gone back in time for his latest project, essentially reshooting his acclaimed 2013 film Gloria, but this time with an all-American cast. The result is a picture that revolves […]

Rally’s

Review No. 151: Rally’s 420 Oak Street (501) 327-2600 69.5 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: We had just left church on Sunday morning (well, it was after noon when we left) and were heading for Little Rock to try to make a 1:15 movie, so it made sense to grab […]

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows Asghar Farhadi (2018) We’re certainly in the doldrums of the Hollywood film cycle, with no new films in wide release this week that received anything like a positive critical consensus among reviewers nationwide. It’s a good week for central Arkansas film devotees to try a little something different, and this is possible through […]

Larry’s Pizza

Review No. 150: Larry’s Pizza 1068 Markham Street (501) 329-3131 69.0 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I always enjoy a pizza day! I was fueling up for a longer run the next day, so I figured it was time to visit the classic pizza buffet of Larry’s. I still had […]