Reno News & Review

Week of July 27, 2022

From the editor’s desk

In the latest Streetalk, folks tell photo editor Dave Robert how climate change has affected their lives and lifestyles. And in our letters column, readers voice opinions about abortion rights, rejecting the Big Lie and seeing an old friend.

Theater reviewer Jessica Santina reports from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Reno Little Theater. It’s a comedy about competition sprinkled with doses of adolescent angst.

Hiking columnist Maggie Nichols talks about the charm of Washoe Lake State Park. “While hordes of summer vacationers and day-trippers head up to Lake Tahoe, Washoe Lake provides recreation opportunities with far smaller crowds,” she writes.

Writer-director Jordan Peele’s weirdest film yet, “Nope,” a stylish and bizarre foray into sci-fi horror inspired by the works of Spielberg and Shyamalan, gets high marks from reviewer Bob Grimm. Despite the inspiration, “Nope” stands very much on its own. Bob also welcomed the mindless, summer silliness of “The Gray Man,” a flick that delivers the sort of stupid fun he likens to “drinking two six packs and chasing your dog around the house.” Wackiness continues with the “Bob’s Burgers Movie,” which (our) Bob says is “easily one of the year’s funniest films, and an instant animated comedy classic.”

Online voting continues for the RN&R’s annual Best of Northern Nevada poll. Competition is fierce among the contenders in food, nightlife, personalities, outdoor activities and more. Make your votes count!

Our August print issue hits the stands later this week. For a sneak preview, feel free to peruse the digital version. I’ll see you in the funny papers,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Tweens spell trouble: Reno Little Theater’s ‘Putnam County’ is a playful, occasionally painful musical about adolescent angst

By Jessica Santina

July 23, 2022

Though, at heart, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a comedy, sprinkled throughout are doses of adolescent angst that keep it from veering into pure silliness.

July mailbag: abortion is on the ballot everywhere; rejecting Trump’s Big Lie

By Frank X. Mullen

July 21, 2022

Our readers get their say.

Yep to ‘Nope’: Jordan Peele’s foray Into sci-fi horror is a terrific success

By Bob Grimm

July 26, 2022

As he did with Get Out and Us, Peele in Nope mixes in nice doses of satire, this time focusing on showbiz and the media, and those doses account for some of the movie’s funnier moments.

Wonderful wetlands: Washoe Lake State Park is one of Nevada’s most diverse areas for camping, hiking, bird-watching and more

By Maggie Nichols

July 27, 2022

While hordes of summer vacationers and day-trippers head up to Lake Tahoe, Washoe Lake State Park provides recreation opportunities with far smaller crowds.

Things go boom yay: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ serves up a great dose of mindless summer blockbuster fun

By Bob Grimm

July 26, 2022

Honestly, a day after seeing The Gray Man, I don’t even fully remember what it was about … and that’s just fine.

Streetalk: How has climate change affected your day-to-day life?

By David Robert

July 24, 2022

How has climate change affected day-to-day lives? We asked some of your neighbors that very question.

Belchers on the big screen: ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ is one of the year’s funniest films

By Bob Grimm

July 26, 2022

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is easily one of the year’s funniest films, and an instant animated comedy classic.

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