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Almost Holy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Almost Holy (R)  Steve Hoover’s documentary profile of “Crocodile” Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who ministers to drug-addicted kids in his town and also dispenses vigilante justice to its criminals. (Op...


Ryan Gosling recovers from another bad night in The Nice Guys.

Nice Guys: Black Humor

Ryan Gosling has never been funnier than in this ’70s crime thriller.
Kristian Lin
Shane Black famously wrote the script for Lethal Weapon while still in his early 20s and then spent the better part of a decade wandering in the wilderness and suffering from a monumental case of writer’s block. He came back ...



Chuck, Red, and Bomb get ready to battle green pigs in The Angry Birds Movie.

Angry Birds: Red Mist

Don’t take a flier on this cynical, sloppy movie.
Kristian Lin
Movies based on video games continue to earn their wretched reputation, and I’m afraid The Angry Birds Movie won’t do anything to change that. This animated film is, of course, based on the highly popular and enormously enj...


“The heirloom vegetable salad was an impeccable mélange of textures and flavors.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

Press Café Play

Chow, Baby
The good thing about dining off the Trinity Trail in the new bustling Clearfork development is that it inspires smart choices — the area teems with bikers, walkers, and runners. But cocktails, house-made potato chips, and all...



As the Siberian Traps, (from left to right) Mike Best, Seth Reeves, Ben Hance, and Peter Wierenga take Americana rock in a new direction. Photo by Walt Burns.

Siberian Traps: Supermen

The vehicle for singer-songwriter Seth Reeves returns after some time off.
Steve Steward
Seth Reeves has lots of things to say about living in Nashville. Some are good. Others, not so much. “It’s the city of shattered dreams,” he deadpanned recently over beers at a Fort Worth bar with the rest of the Siberian...


The loaded baked potato at Kipz is buzzworthy. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Welcome Back, Kipz BBQ

Off East Rosedale is a real-deal joint with little frills but lots of thrills.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Kipz BBQ is back. The unassuming smokehouse off East Rosedale has come and gone, and come and gone again, since first opening more than 10 years ago. Each incarnation has garnered accolades from local barbecue connoisseurs crav...



high-rise

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening High-Rise (R) Tom Hiddleston stars in this futuristic satire about an apartment tower where the rich live in luxury at the top while the poor live in squalor at the bottom. Also with Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke ...


Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons have a romantic moment on a West Coast beach in The Meddler.

Helicopter Parenting

Susan Sarandon tries to be a less smothering mother in The Meddler.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago in my review of Hello, My Name Is Doris, I wrote about the slight uptick we’re seeing in movies made as vehicles for older actresses. Susan Sarandon hasn’t been hurting for work at any point since she won he...



So-Cal Tacos is another food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar success story.

So-Cal Meets NTX

This mid-cities taco joint brings a Cali-twist to a crowded field.
Laurie James
You know this story: guy makes tacos and sells them out of a food truck before eventually (in this case, about three years later) working that into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Owner Scott Wooley’s So-Cal Tacos stands out f...


meddler

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Meddler (PG-13) Susan Sarandon stars in this comedy as a New York widow who visits her daughter (Rose Byrne) in L.A. and tries to fix everything in her life. Also with J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong,...