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Movie review: Out of the Furnace
Desolate tale of familial love and seeking justice
(Web Exclusive) Set in the isolated landscape of the Rust Belt, Out of the Furnace is a depressing tale of brotherly love. The all-star cast delivers some very powerful performances, but the film did drag towards the last third, making it seem a tad too long.
Missouri has gone nuts for black walnuts
Going back to black with its' state nut
Black walnuts, the state nut of Missouri since 1990, have a taste that’s better mixed with baked goods than alone from a bowl.
Movie review: Homefront
The gory, meth-ridden film satisfies basic desire for violence (and James Franco)
(Web Exclusive) Homefront is an unsettling movie that will keep moviegoers in suspense but ultimately leave them unsatisfied.
Movie review: Philomena
The woman who redefines strength and love
(Web Exclusive) Philomena is the touching tale of love, loss, redemption and forgiveness. A woman goes on the search of a lifetime to find her long lost son with the help of a cynical journalist.
Movie review: Frozen
A tale of sisterly love
(Web Exclusive) Many animated Disney films miss the bond that most kids are familiar with — that of siblings. With Frozen, Disney reinvents itself with not one but two heroines.
International Tap House founders give ten bar business lessons
The bar exam
With some restaurant experience, degrees in journalism and psychology and the desire to defeat the low success rate of new bars, Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell ventured into the world of tavern ownership. The MU grads talk about what they have learned from their experience behind the bar.
Movie review: Dallas Buyers Club
From tragedy comes a beautiful triumph
(Web Exclusive) Dallas Buyers Club redefines desperate times and desperate measures. The story of one man’s crusade to find treatment for AIDS takes shape around a hostile Dallas environment and unyielding FDA restriction.
Movie review: Delivery Man
This “feel-good” movie carries real issue commentary
(Web Exclusive) A remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck, Delivery Man focuses on David Wozniak (Vaughn), a going-nowhere-fast meat delivery man who has just found out that his 693 sperm donations fathered 533 children, and that his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother fame) is about to raise the kid count to 534.
Missourians show off their Hunger Games survival skills
Shooting arrows, climbing trees, body painting and swimming are just a few of the skills that keep characters alive in the Games. We’ve rounded up four individuals from Columbia and St. Louis who represent real life characters from The Hunger Games.
Movie review: Inequality for All
A cry against the one percent and income equality
(Web Exclusive) Inequality for All is a big picture perspective on the income gap between the Mitt Romneys of America and the struggling middle class worker.
Movie review: The Best Man Holiday
A holiday reunion with a twist
(Web Exclusive) The Best Man Holiday is the perfect mix of drama, love and cheer one would expect in a Christmas movie, except for the fact that it is not suitable for kids. A sequel to the 1999 film, The Best Man, the introduction slides through memories of the past to get viewers up to speed on where the characters are in their lives. The rest of the movie is an emotional rollercoaster as rivalries, unended dramas, old flames and the unspoken bonds of friendship ensue throughout the 15-year Christmas reunion of nine college friends.
Five Columbia restaurants featuring classic kid foods with a grown up twist
Kids' menu cravings for adults
These five restaurants in Columbia offer five classic kiddie foods that have grown up.
Movie review: All Is Lost
A survival movie to outlast all others
(Web Exclusive) Robert Redford’s character has no other choice but to try to survive when a piece of loose cargo collides Titanic-style with the yacht during his one-man voyage.
Movie review: About Time
A romance with a time travel twist
(Web Exclusive) About Time shirks the romantic foppery that initially made the director famous and hones in on the emotional sincerity that makes his films classics.
Movie review: Thor: The Dark World
Thor brings the thunder
(Web Exclusive) With the advent of The Avengers, the Marvel movies have a lot to live up to. Thor had very big shoes to fill after having arguably the weakest original movie. Thor: The Dark World marks Thor’s triumphant return to our realm and solidifies his place with the likes of Iron Man and Captain America.
Found Footage Festival brings "Best of the Midwest" show to Columbia
Looking for a laugh? Indulge in a tour of unintentionally funny videos.
Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett started the VHS collection that turned into their festival and website. Their stacks of embarrassing workout tapes, corporate training videos and more cringe-worthy productions is about 5,000 tapes deep.
Found Footage Festival co-founder Nick Prueher reveals his top 10 VHS tapes
Garbage to gold
Co-founder and host of the Found Footage Festival Nick Prueher's favorite tapes range from how-to videos to over-the-top work training videos. The Found Footage Festival comes to Columbia tonight at 9:45 p.m. at Ragtag.
Movie review: Wadjda
An outspoken girl for an outspoken movie
(Web Exclusive) Wadjda, a spunky 11-year-old, is on a mission to buy a bike to race the neighborhood boy, Abdullah. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first movie made by a Saudi female filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour.
Movie review: Ender’s Game
Cult sci-fi novel, cult sci-fi movie
(Web Exclusive) Until technology actually caught up to deliver the grandeur of Ender’s world, it resided snuggly in the imaginations of the thousands who enjoyed the novel as a cautionary tale of war and its effects on the soldiers.
Ender’s Game combines cool and slick direction with a great plot.
Movie review: Free Birds
Like mockingbirds, these turkeys mimic others
(Web Exclusive) After living his whole life on a turkey farm, Reggie (Owen Wilson) is pardoned by the president. Luckily, this means he won’t be eaten for any holiday dinners. But while he’s lounging at the President’s house, Jake (Woody Harrelson) kidnaps him. The pair of turkeys travels back in time to the first Thanksgiving to save their species from being the future of Thanksgiving meals.