Archive for September, 2014
Ice Eater’s Don’t Care is a “welcome chunk of kaleidoscopic international flavor.”

Best Local Albums of ’13

Time to celebrate your favorite local music columnist’s favorite records.
HEARSAY
Fort Worth produced a ton of good records this year, and there’s just so much to choose from that compiling a judicious list of favorites is nearly impossible. But trying is part of the fun, right?   10.) It’s a toss-u...


Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks".

Making Mary

Saving Mr. Banks does a Mickey Mouse job with Disney’s history.
KRISTIAN LIN
Saving Mr. Banks is a lie. I don’t mean in the film-school sense that all movies (even documentaries) are fictions constructed by an author. No, this bland period drama is an aggressive attempt by the Disney Corporation to wh...



Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper are dressed for a con game in American Hustle.

Hustle and Russell

Just try to keep the lies straight in the wild caper flick American Hustle.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some caper films are sleek humming machines, but American Hustle is by David O. Russell, which means that it lurches and veers and speeds recklessly through hairpin turns. He used to go years between projects, but the resurgent...


Tillman, left, with Wilson: “We had a very good year.” Gayle Reaves

ShaleTest Is Cruising

The nonprofit is now testing the waters — and the air — for communities in three states and training volunteers in others.
GAYLE REAVES
It felt like being a witness to history: watching Sharon Wilson learn how to use a FLIR camera to detect otherwise-invisible streams of toxic emissions from gas-drilling facilities. Gas company executives who have fought the ve...



Julie Lazarus’ “Murano”

Gallery

William Campbell Contemporary Art
GALLERY
Anyone who’s been to Venice can testify to the Italian city’s shimmering, wavering light caused by the water. Julie Lazarus’ show of paintings and glass sculptures at William Campbell is inspired by her impressions from t...


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A Maze of Pain

Physicians and injured workers say city-hired bureaucrats are denying them needed medical care — for years.
ERIC GRIFFEY AND EDWARD BROWN W/ Photos by Lee Chastain
Last April, Sergeant Chip Gillette, a 27-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, was coming to a stop at a red light when a frantic woman covered in blood approached his squad car. The woman spoke only Spanish, but he...



Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

Looking for the real deal? Point your GPS to Haltom City.
LAURIE JAMES
As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ in Haltom City. This stuff is the real deal. You won’t find egg rolls o...


Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh sing country music in The Broken Circle Breakdown.

A Different Country

BIG TICKET
A film unlike anything you’ve seen, The Broken Circle Breakdown begins with five bearded guys wearing Stetsons and playing guitars, fiddles, and banjos. They’re arranged in a circle around a microphone and singing “Will t...



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United Kingdom About To Get Drilled

Jeff Prince
After the United Kingdom began offering tax breaks for natural gas drillers recently, The Guardian newspaper ran a story on what drilling will be like. North Texas served as the lab rat. The resulting report is headlined “...


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DFW Film Critics: “12 Years a Slave” Is Year’s Best Film

Kristian Lin
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association announced the results of their annual poll this morning, and 12 Years a Slave took the prize as the best film of 2013. So that fellow critic whom I screamed at after I first saw th...