How Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’ creates magic without much effort

They say you’re supposed to deal with the cards dealt to you in life, and find a way to make do with what you have. Few understand that reality more than Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones). She gets up at 3 a.m. every morning to help her family on their fish boat, which is the main … More How Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’ creates magic without much effort

‘The Protege’ fulfills the action film quota while marching to its own beat

Anna (Maggie Q) is a lethal human being. Rescued and trained since childhood by the legendary assassin, Moody (Samuel L. Jackson), Anna knows how to find what shouldn’t be found–whether it be the son of very bad men or a rare guitar for mentor. But she has a soul, one that craves a well-made martini … More ‘The Protege’ fulfills the action film quota while marching to its own beat

5 things on my mind: Busch Stadium attendance, red light runners, and my favorite Batman

Sometimes, things aren’t exactly how they seem. For example, just because your beagle looks like he is going through hell, remind yourself that those dogs are always hungry. You may see someone twisting his forehead into a knot at the grocery store, but he probably just can’t get a hold of his wife for that … More 5 things on my mind: Busch Stadium attendance, red light runners, and my favorite Batman

Happy birthday, Vincent Daniel Buffa: Tough little fella of mine

My son was born during a playoff race. Think of a notification hitting an infant right as he or she is about to exit the belly and head out into the real world, “your dad is a baseball maniac and you are arriving with less than three weeks left in the regular season, so good … More Happy birthday, Vincent Daniel Buffa: Tough little fella of mine

Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ is more haunting than scary, and that’s a good thing

Nia DaCosta has made her mark with “Candyman,” the latest horror film to use social injustice as a theatrical platform. But her take on the notorious stranger with a hook packs a punch in its quick running time. While some would argue the story could have used less espresso and more water, the tempo and … More Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ is more haunting than scary, and that’s a good thing

Waino, Yadi, and The Machine: Stop worrying about a disappointing season, and just witness good baseball

Do me a favor and stop worrying about the St. Louis Cardinals’ current state of affairs for one evening. Inconsistent, expensive, and sitting comfortably third in the National League Central. Sounds like a cold plate of classic breakfast food. Embarrassing isn’t the right word but overall, this team just isn’t worth your tears. Forget about … More Waino, Yadi, and The Machine: Stop worrying about a disappointing season, and just witness good baseball

Buff Off The Cuff: ‘Dune’ hype, Miles Teller drama, and my plan for world domination

Good evening, Miles Teller reportedly won’t get the vaccine, so the entirety of Twitter will now prepare to stomp him out for the evening. While that’s happening, let’s talk about a few things that are important to me yet may just bounce off your head. Look, I wish the “Whiplash” actor would get the shot, … More Buff Off The Cuff: ‘Dune’ hype, Miles Teller drama, and my plan for world domination