Archive for July, 2014
12 Years

Further Thoughts on “12 Years a Slave”

Kristian Lin
As is so often the case with great films, I had more thoughts about 12 Years a Slave than I could get into my review, and since the movie expands to many local theaters this week (in the wake of a strong box-office performance ...


Texas abortion

Texas’ Abortion Law Stands (For Now)

Kristian Lin
Late-breaking news, and it’s not good for Texas women who need health care: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Texas’ anti-abortion law can take effect tomorrow while a lawsuit challenging it...



THE SISTERS ARE READY TO GO TO WAR.

Lights, Camera, Cupcakes!

Jeff Prince
Two sisters (both Trimble Tech High School grads) are getting ready for their close-ups on the small screen. They’re also getting ready for war. Sonjii Ward Jones and Anyatta Ward Williams of the North Richland Hills-base...


sriracha

“The Kickin’ Chicken” Comes to Denton? Fingers Crossed

JIMMY FOWLER
Who’d have thought? Turns out one person’s delicious spicy condiment is another’s toxic environmental hazard. Obviously, the citizens of Irwindale, CA don’t realize that Sriracha –– manufactured by Huy Fong Foods at...



Ebony Marshall-Oliver stars in Neat, a companion piece of sorts to playwright Charlayne Woodard’s Pretty Fire.

Not so Neat

Racism is messy business in Jubilee’s new one-woman show.
JIMMY FOWLER
Actor Ebony Marshall-Oliver was born and raised in a small south Louisiana town called Donaldsonville, although her family had moved to Atlanta by the time she was in high school. At 35, Marshall-Oliver is too young to have wit...


Blue Is The Warmest Color opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17) The controversial top-prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Abdellatif Kechiche’s film about a 15-year-old French girl (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who has a torrid affair ...



Hangman’s House of Horrors is hanging it up .

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 30 It’s the last hurrah for Hangman’s House of Horrors. After 25 years, the Fort Worth institution (which has always donated its profits to charity) is staging its last scare this week, as its founder moves on to sc...


Pinkish Black, is that you?

Time to Get Dressed and Effed Up

LAST CALL
I’m not one to go bananas with the decorations, and I couldn’t care less about candy, but overall I am a big fan of Halloween. Aside from the laughable hysteria the holiday engenders among certain subsets of the population,...



Keanu Reeves makes his directing debut.

Tiger Burning Bright

A new star, an old discipline, and Keanu Reeves come together in Man of Tai Chi.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you think of t’ai chi, you probably think of old Chinese people in a park making slow, sweeping, graceful movements with their arms. (Maybe this image comes to mind even if you’re of Chinese descent, like me.) In Man o...


free

Turkey Time

The animated comedy Free Birds is a real tur … oh, I can’t say it.
KRISTIAN LIN
Even with the advent of computers, it takes so much effort by so many people to make an animated film. That’s why even substandard animated films tend to at least have focused stories. That’s not the case with the comedy Fr...