May. 19, 2017
Ansari sticks landing with ‘Masters of None’ Season Two
The rise of streaming services have provided a wealth of new shows that bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table. Netflix has been a blessing, providing shows as varied as depressed horse comedy “Bojack Horseman” to the women’s prison show “Orange Is The New Black.” But the most subtly ambitious of these was revealed to be Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” its second season finally dropping May 12 after its 2015 premier.
Jan. 13, 2017
‘Elle’ explores controversial topic with grace and nuance
It’s the kind of opening you aren’t likely to forget anytime soon: as the credits fade out, the camera lingers on a cat watching dispassionately as its owner, middle-aged Parisian businesswoman Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is in the process of being raped. In the aftermath of the attack, she gets up, cleans the shattered glass, washes herself, throws away her clothes and orders sushi for her and her son.
Nov. 18, 2016
‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is refreshing, fun comedy
Nadine Byrd is not having the best time. Her life is already terrible enough just being a teenage girl in her junior year of high school, and her dad dying when she was in middle school hasn’t made things better.
Apr. 22, 2016
Vince Gilligan’s ‘Better Call Saul’ maintains drama, intensity in second season
With an amazing second season of “Better Call Saul,” Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould prove you don’t need blue meth to have a good time. In season two, we dive further into the shaky relationship between the diametrically opposed McGill brothers, Jimmy (a hilariously dark Bob Odenkirk) and Chuck (Michael McKean). We also see inspiring flashes of the flamboyant personality that will define Saul Goodman and his experimentation with bending the rules to their ultimate breaking point. Let’s also not forget to mention the development of Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn).
Feb. 12, 2016
New play ‘The It Girl’ pays homage to silent films
Two-time Barrymore Award recipient Amanda Schoonover starred in the Simpatico Theatre Project’s premiere of “The It Girl,” accompanied by a full house in the new Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake.
Oct. 3, 2014
Simon Pegg stars in “Hector and the Search for Happiness”
In “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” a psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) by the name of Hector realizes that he is simply going through the motions with regards to his life. He treats his clients with a consistently nonchalant attitude and follows a routine pattern everyday with his girlfriend Carla (Rosamund Pike). The early stages of the movie set up his life as a mundane cycle and before too much time passes, he decides to act and change things by taking a vacation where he hopes to research the roots of happiness in order to help himself and his patients, who, to be honest, he hasn’t meaningfully helped in years.