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The Latest 'Bad Lieutenant' Isn't Good or Bad. It Just Isnew

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (why the "Port of Call" part? Who knows! Who cares!) is a conventional detective thriller in basic form, but the procedural elements are sometimes listless.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  01-22-2010  |  Reviews

Robert De Niro Settles Down in a Travelogue Family Dramanew

Everybody's Fine is sort of like a square version of the more lauded recent Jack Nicholson vehicle About Schmidt, and its squareness is the main reason I prefer it.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  12-07-2009  |  Reviews

Punk Heroes Get Back Together for a Pair of Sold-Out Memphis Showsnew

One reason the Oblivians' two Memphis reunion shows feel more impressive than most is that it doesn't feel like musicians trying desperately to reclaim former glory. It was more like conquering heroes returning home: they return to a scene they've helped make bigger.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  06-26-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Songwriter Todd Snider Gets the Band Back Togethernew

"This will be the first time in 10 years we've all played together," Snider says of his upcoming performance with the Original Nervous Wrecks. "We'll play mostly stuff off [my] last three records, but we'll do a few oldies and probably take some requests."
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  06-19-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

After 49 Years, Red West Gets His First Starring Role -- and It's a Doozynew

Though a relatively short, simple film, Goodbye Solo is rich with emotion, incident, color, and mystery. And this little indie hit has done wonders for Memphis native Red West: at 72, after 49 years in the business, he's become an overnight success.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  05-15-2009  |  Reviews

Can Lionel Hollins Turn the Memphis Grizzlies Around?new

When Lionel Hollins' hire was made official, it was greeted with a mix of confusion and derision by all but the coach's most ardent local supporters. But if Hollins seemed (or seems) like a bad hire, the Grizzlies organization has only itself to blame for that perception.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  02-06-2009  |  Sports

Craig Brewer Readies '$5 Cover', Adds New Projectnew

While Craig Brewer has been at the Sundance Film Festival this week promoting his upcoming Web series $5 Cover alongside a group of his Memphis collaborators, he's also added yet another potential project to his to-do list.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  01-23-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Reemerging Soul: Taking Stock of the New Staxnew

It's probably a little disappointing that the relaunched, now California-based Stax imprint hasn't made more of a cultural/commercial impact this year, though it certainly hasn't been from lack of trying.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  10-24-2008  |  Music

The Levitt Shell Opens Up After a Million-dollar Renovationnew

The rehabbed venue that hosted Elvis Presley's first paid concert, classic hippie-era blues and folk festivals, and other memorable events is being reborn as a family-oriented venue.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  09-05-2008  |  Music

Critical Darlings the Hold Steady Deliver Againnew

Essentially, the Hold Steady is Springsteen for people raised on "all-ages hardcore matinee shows."
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  08-08-2008  |  Reviews

'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2': This One's for the Girlsnew

Just as Sex & the City scored big by providing an alternative to a summer of boycentric popcorn cinema, this reunion of four attractive, relatable TV-identified actresses tries to do the same for a younger and (hopefully) more innocent demographic.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  08-08-2008  |  Reviews

Orchestra Baobab Shows the World Its Comeback was No Flukenew

While it's not as gravely beautiful or immediately bracing as Specialist in All Styles, Made in Dakar is as lovely and deep a collection of new music as anyone's likely to release this year.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  08-01-2008  |  Reviews

Filmmaker Craig Brewer's Latest Project Brings Reality TV (of a Sort) to Memphisnew

It's a Friday night at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, the first night of shooting on $5 Cover, Brewer's new web-based MTV series about Memphis music.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  07-25-2008  |  Movies

Three 6 Mafia's Long-delayed New Album Exploits Memphis Crimenew

But while grounding their music in the city's crime epidemic, Three 6 Mafia don't actually put much thought into the topic, particularly what it might be like to be the victim of the criminality they glorify.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  06-27-2008  |  Reviews

James McMurtry Returns to the Wastelandnew

The singer-songwriter sketches the lives of people trying -- and often failing -- to make it in Memphis.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  06-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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