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89th Academy Awards Ends with Awkward Mix Up

The 89th Academy Awards made history last night and not in the way you might expect. Of course, there were plenty of political jokes, commentary, and hijinks, including a moment when Jimmy Kimmel tweeted President Trump. The whole night, Kimmel made sure to make things uncomfortable and weird, too, like bringing in a real Hollywood tourist group to take pictures of all the celebrities and dropping food from the ceiling attached to parachutes. However, in one epic, awkward, and gut-wrenching twist that Kimmel couldn’t have dreamed up, the Academy Award for Best Picture was given to the ...

Movie Review - 'The LEGO Batman Movie' is Hilarious, Awesome Fun

When The Lego Movie came out, I was honestly skeptical. The idea of throwing a popular toy franchise on to the big screen reeked of a get-rich-quick scheme by Hollywood producers, hoping to capitalize only on the brand name and not put much effort into the cinematic experience. Fortunately, I was very wrong, and admittedly, I fell for the same thinking trap again with The LEGO Batman Movie. I figured The LEGO Movie’s success was nostalgia driven and wouldn’t be able to be replicated in future spin-offs. However, The LEGO Batman Movie proved you can make a great movie...

'Leven or Less Lunch — Lou Nanne's Weekend Brunch: Great Deal, But Drink the Water

Author's Note: This is the first installment of a monthly column on interesting meals available for less than $11 in the Twin Cities metro. While you can get a cup of soup and house salad for that money just about anywhere, this column's focus will be non-chain establishments providing a more substantial meal at a reasonable price. On to the review...   Lou Nanne's opened in the Spring of last year, replacing the Romano's Macaroni Grill location off France in Edina (7651 France Ave S). I've been to Nanne's a few times in the evening since it opened, but this was my first visit during daylight hours — I stopped in on Saturday for the weekend...

Movie Review - You'll Wish You Were Dead by the End of 'Rings'

Released in 2002, The Ring is a solid horror mystery directed by Gore Verbinksi with a terrific performance by Naomi Watts. It is a simple, effective story about a detective who needs to solve a murder mystery before she dies in seven days. You care about her character and feel the weight of time as she struggles to piece things together. Alas, I am not reviewing The Ringbut it's ugly, unwanted stepchild. Rings is the antithesis of its predecessor, and not in any good or admiring ways. It’s atrociously awful. Its only virtue is the cinematography from Sharone Meir (Whiplash...

Movie Review - 'Gold' Fools Everyone with Sloppy Storytelling

If you take a 1000-piece puzzle, put it in front of a small child and watch said child put it together for two hours, that’s what it’s like to watch the movie Gold. It’s not too often I see a movie starring big name actors like Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Edgar Ramirez that is horribly pieced together and where the storytelling fails at almost every turn. And that’s a shame because Gold is on my list of most anticipated movies of 2017 and that anticipation died at the end credits. While McConaughey fully commits to the role, gaining weight, putting on fake teeth and...