Author: Shelbi Polk

Movie Review: The Shape of Water

“The Shape of Water” is a beautifully shot film, with an underwater color scheme and a camera that seems to float and sink through many of the scenes. Guillermo del Toro’s latest release applies the accomplished writer and director’s signature magical realism storytelling style to a secret research facility in Cold War-era Baltimore. Elisa, a janitor who lives a lonely and repetitive life, discovers a creature being kept in the lab where she works, and her routines are suddenly broken. Elisa, played by a wonderfully expressive Sally Hawkins, begins to develop a relationship with the misunderstood creature, and she...

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Exclusive Interview: The Powell Brothers

The Powell Brothers, a Houston-based country/Americana band, had quite the year in 2017. They survived making and losing an EP, re-recording it as a full album, and a tour schedule that included stops at several major sporting events and the Texas State Fair. The band is kicking off another busy year with a stop at Hurricane Harry’s on January 26, so you’ve got a chance to see the results of all their hard work! We caught up with The Powell Brothers lead singer Taylor Powell on the road to a show in Austin in this exclusive interview. MW: So...

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Art History for People in a Hurry at SEAD Gallery

Sometimes art museums can be downright intimidating. Without years spent studying the context of an artist’s cultural moment or the development of a specific movement in a specific country, it can be difficult to understand the importance of individual works of art. Luckily, Jenn Korolenko has done all of that homework for you, and she wants to share her notes. Beginning on January 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Korolenko will be facilitating an event called “Art History for People in a Hurry,” the latest installment in the SEAD Gallery’s SEAD After Dark series. This ambitious event aims...

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Movie Review: Home Again

“Home Again,” writer and director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s newest film, follows the struggles of Alice Kinney, played by Reese Witherspoon, and her two daughters, as they move to L.A. Alice is happy to be home (again), where she grew up with a famous director for a father. She’s also sad to be home again, because she left her husband in New York… for some reason. Alice’s issues are interrupted, or exacerbated, by a night of partying, which somehow leads us all through some almost romance and into three twenty-seven year old starving artist types moving into her guest house. The...

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Movie Review: Ingrid Goes West

We’re going to start with a disclaimer here. “Ingrid Goes West” is not a movie for the whole family. That said, this movie isn’t rated R for excessive nudity, drugs or violence. There is a bit of each of those things, but the movie is more of a psychological thriller than anything else. “Ingrid Goes West” stars Aubrey Plaza as Ingrid Thorburn, who is euphemistically a very troubled young woman. Thorburn is obsessed with social media, and specifically with Instagram, because it provides a world that is dramatically different from her reality. She is isolated, and she leaves her...

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