Archive for July, 2014

A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...


Transformers: Cock-Eyed Optimus

We take apart this robot saga, except the 3D effects.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hey, I’m back! I know. I missed the second Transformers movie. Sorry, everyone. But I’m here now to write about the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in which Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) helps the Autobots ...



FWSO’s “Rock and Roll Heaven”

Jimmy Fowler
We’d like to suggest one excellent way to start off your Independence Day holiday weekend: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 8pm Fri July 1 edition of its Concert in the Garden series at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Univers...


Michele Bachmann Needs New Song

Jeff Prince
Poor Michele Bachmann. First laconic rocker Tom Petty told the presidential hopeful to cease and desist from playing “American Girl” while she’s on the campaign trail. Then Katrina & the Waves told Bachman...



Woah Trigger!

Jeff Prince
As someone who capitalizes poorly when writing on social network sites, I cracked up when this advice was passed along by a Facebook friend: “Grammar is important. Capital letters are the difference between “Helping...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Queen to Play (NR) Caroline Bottaro’s comedy stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a French chambermaid who escapes her life of poverty when she takes chess lessons from an American expat (Kevin Kline). Also with Valérie Lagra...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 29 If you missed any of the performances from the recently ended season of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, you can catch them now in a summer encore series running each Wednesday. Better still, they’re playing in some th...


All the News Money Can Buy

Static
This week’s cover story examines the embattled newspaper industry and ponders whether two things — paywalls and iPads — might save the day. Most readers, up to now, haven’t been willing to pay for online news, when so m...



JJ & The Rogues: Stare Down

Having fun is paramount to this 10-year-old guitar-based New Wave Fort Worth quartet.
JOHN HARDEN
After being nominated in the 2011 Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards as best comeback band, JJ & The Rogues want to begin showing Fort Worth they never actually left. “It’s always an honor to be recognized, but I never knew...


Two Strikes

Property owners have lost the early rounds in gas lease fights but plan to appeal.
DAN MCGRAW
Two North Texas homeowner groups, including one representing a broad swath of southwest Fort Worth, have struck out — thus far — in their attempts to hold gas companies to the terms of agreements on royalties and bonuses th...