Archive for December, 2014
Monsieur Lazhar now playing exclusively in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bernie (PG-13) Based on a real-life murder case, Richard Linklater’s film stars Jack Black as a small-town Texas mortician who kills a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) for her money and then tries to keep up the pret...


Late

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 2 For you folks who remember Catholic grade school, Performing Arts Fort Worth has the show for you. In Late Night Catechism, the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of students (a.k.a. you), rewarding corre...



Gas

Crucifixion, Indeed

Static
Surprise and disappointment were tempered with hope this week from local environmentalists lamenting the recent resignation of Al Armendariz. The administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office quit on...


Wall

Shadows in Granite

The Vietnam Wall is deeply moving. The need for more such walls is tragic.
GRAYSON HARPER
Say, how many war memorials are there in the world? Must be thousands, right?  And how many do you suppose are engraved with the names of every single man and woman who died or went missing in the conflict they’re purporting...



Quaker City Night Hawks are putting out an album soon and a live record even sooner.

Quaker City Live

Hearsay
I’ve been chatting with a lot of local musicians recently, because I am boundlessly fascinated by people who (unlike me) have talent and fun-ass jobs. When the discussion inevitably turns to “Which local bands make your pan...


BBQ

Dueling ’Cue: Ribs at 30 Paces

Chow, Baby
I ran across something of a barbecue conundrum while driving around the Mid-Cities the other day. There are two barbecue “barns” right down the street from each other. I thought it was a glitch in the Matrix, or maybe the N...



Rotten Roots are taking it easy on “the biz.”

Rotten Roots Jam

This Fort Worth quartet of reformed punks is a case study in maturation.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Angsty, punk-rocking Texas teenagers with caches of bluesy Lone Star country records are bound to mellow out with age, and Rotten Roots, somewhat of a newcomer to the Fort’s music scene, are an example of what it looks and so...


A YouTube video captures the glorious biceps of Marshall Hobbs.

Pesky Facts

A lot of finger-waggin’ but few answers in District 8.
Jeff Prince
Residency questions continue to swirl around Marshall Hobbs, one of three candidates vying for the District 8 Fort Worth City Council seat in a special election on May 12. The winner will replace the popular Kathleen Hicks, who...



Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans battle for Earth on New York’s streets in The Avengers.

Avengers: Hammer and SHIELD

A team of superheroes turns this blockbuster into a fantastic force.
KRISTIAN LIN
Joss Whedon looks poised to become the king of American pop culture, and I don’t mind it one bit. Having already established himself as a high-powered scriptwriter, a comic-book author, and one of the great TV show creators o...


Five

Five Years Too Long?

Another Apatow rom-com isn’t great but scores some laughs.
ZACK SHLACHTER
A few years ago, the films associated with Judd Apatow –– a handful he wrote and directed himself and several others he produced –– began to catch on like wildfire, and media types seemed eager to explain the Apatow rev...