THE SCENE ARCHIVES
Movie review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman
A modern take on a '50s TV show
(Web Exclusive) Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a great add-on to this weekend’s family night out. It's all quite sappy, but for an animated story of a genius talking dog whose son is human, it’s pretty cute.
Movie review: Son of God
(Web Exclusive) The most memorable thing about Son of God is its utter lack of memorability. It’s the skim milk of biblical biopics — a tuned-down Passion of the Christ with a family-friendlier vibe.
Movie review: 300 Rise Of An Empire
300: Rise of An Empire, the second installment of the 300 series
(Web Exclusive) Despite the film’s unique style of combat and testosterone-fueled bro-mance comradery, it falls through horrid acting and an unoriginal plot line.
Movie review: The Past
The relationships in Marie's life come full circle after a divorce from her husband Ahmad.
(Web Exclusive) In efforts to move on from the past are we really just attempting to fill voids and ending up right back where we were? I’m not sure even after 2+ hours of subtitles.
Movie review: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Heartbreak, sex and pickup trucks: A country-western tale in Belgian
(Web Exclusive) Country music is all about soaring highs and crushing lows, and so is The Broken Circle Breakdown .
Some like it smoked
What's heating up at COMO Smoke and Fire
COMO Smoke and Fire is bringing authentic barbecue taste and unusual dishes, like the Brisket Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese, to Columbia.
Avoid the festival crowd with a small-town getaway
Need a break from True/False? Take a journey to one of these small-town dining destinations for a rustic retreat, romantic outing or a taste of home.
Movie review: 3 Days to Kill
Kevin Costner stars in this easily forgettable action movie about a CIA spy that gets cancer and continues to blow things up.
(Web Exclusive) Everything in the movie was pretty forgettable, partly because there wasn’t much story to it and partly because after seeing 10 guys in a black suit get shot up, they start to all mesh together.
Drink This: Johnny Cash margarita
Nash Vegas is bringing honky-tonk to more than just music
Johnny Cash, also known as the “Man in Black,” will soon have a margarita to match his nickname at Nash Vegas Bar.
Movie review: RoboCop
A cop becomes half-man, half-machine
(Web Exclusive) Save for its pretty visuals, RoboCop is essentially a pastiche of older sci-fi works. It’s a movie that will leave you feeling like you’ve seen it all before.
Movie review: Winter's Tale
Believable but confusing romance
(Web Exclusive) If a romantic story is desired, this movie suffices. But moviegoers looking for the mystery and splendor of Helprin’s novel should prepare to be disappointed and stick to the on-paper option.
Movie review: Endless Love
A story of heartbreak, loss and love
(Web Exclusive) Despite what you may have heard, Endless Love is actually a ghost story. It’s the tale of the Butterfield family who is haunted by the loss of their son, Chris, to cancer. His little sister, Jade, has withdrawn into herself and shuns the outside world. Until she meets David.
Movie review: About Last Night
Two groups of friends take the meaning of double dating to a new level.
(Web Exclusive) As overbearing Bernie and Joan struggle to create a real relationship, they are adamant about making sure that their friends do not become too involved. Each couple must reconcile with the socially accepted idea of a relationship despite their imperfect loves.
Love on film
Columbia film buffs offer up romantic film suggestions
No V-Day plans this year? Live vicariously through the love-struck characters recommended by these film gurus. It’s probably better than the real thing, anyhow.
Beet the Missouri winter with locally-grown produce
Eat fresh, know where your veggies come from
Forgo the carb overload temptation this season with these nutrient-rich winter offerings.
Movie review: The Great Beauty
An artistic film worth witnessing
(Web Exclusive) The Great Beauty begins with a beautiful choir singing from one of the many historic buildings of Rome, and then a Japanese man dies. The film continues on with a Gatsbyesque 65th birthday party for Jep Gambardella, a journalist and one-time author of a popular book. Although the book was hailed a masterpiece, Gambardella has gone four decades without writing another novel. But that changes when he finds out his first love, Elisa, has died and that she had loved him all along. He appears to regain the inspiration and beauty he had when he wrote his first novel and opens his eyes to the superficiality lifestyle he’s been living for the past 40 years. He admits that he is too old to be doing things he doesn’t want to do and starts facing the reality of his relationships and lifestyle.
Movie review: The Lego Movie
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller deliver another creative animated wonder
(Web Exclusive) The plot concerns Emmet, a rather thickheaded drone-like construction worker in a static Lego-brick metropolis overseen by President Business. Mistaken as Master Builder able to save the universe by the resourceful Wyldstyle, Emmet is soon pulled into an episodic but never-flagging adventure involving an underground resistance and President Business’ plan to glue all Legos together to stifle creativity.
Movie review: The Monuments Men
Not your typical war movie
(Web Exclusive) Based on Robert M. Edsel’s 2009 novel of the same name, The Monuments Men follows a team of art professionals on their mission to save the cultural treasures of Europe. A serious tale of art, sacrifice and trust issues is made fun, when appropriate, by a fantastic ensemble.
Movie review: Vampire Academy
High school drama with a vampire twist
(Web Exclusive) It’s a perfect guilty-pleasure movie for those times when you want to shut off your brain and indulge in a fantasy-filled drama fest.
Eat This: Chicken A La Mer
Cajun comes to Columbia at Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
This meaty, creamy and spicy dish is packed with flavors from the bayou. Laissez les bons temps rouler with this Cajun version of surf 'n' turf.