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Dom Hemingway opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dom Hemingway (R) Jude Law stars in this comedy as a London safe-cracker who looks to collect on an old debt after doing 12 years in prison. Also with Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, and Demián Bichir. ...


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Sacrificial Chick

CHOW, BABY
Someone cue Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and pour a 40-ounce malt beverage for Deluxe Bar & Grille –– another victim of the seemingly jinxed spot at 2600 W. 7th St. in Montgomery Plaza. For those keeping c...



Sam Swanson, Lydia Mackay, and Garret Storms are looking for love –– and shelter and answers — in the ’Phibs’ current production, Hunting and Gathering. Daylon Walton

Hunting and Gathering: Rootless and Roofless

In Amphibian Stage Productions’ latest, “home” is more than just an address.
JIMMY FOWLER
“How come all the jobs I can do are not the jobs that will pay me to live like an adult?!” angrily declares Ruth (Lydia Mackay), a New Yorker in her late 30s without a regular home or stable employment. Ruth is the oldest o...


Johnny Depp (on monitors) welcomes Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall to his afterlife in Transcendence.

Logging Off

After seeing this humorless bore, I don’t believe in Transcendence.
KRISTIAN LIN
Great news if you were looking for an extended, unfunny parody of Christopher Nolan’s movies, because Transcendence is out this week. This good-looking, arid, windy bore is fully convinced that it is a Nolan film, with its bi...



Sky (middle) and her cubs forage for clams on a beach in Bears.

Bears Looking Into

Disney’s latest nature documentary favors furry fun over facts.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you have small children, by now you probably know the drill with these new Disneynature documentaries: lots of breathtaking photography and nothing that the little ones will find too upsetting. Bears was my first direct expe...


Strawberry cheesecake in a cone (center) isn’t all that surprising, but buffalo chicken (left) and pulled pork make a major statement at Epic Cones. Lee Chastain

Epic Cones: Fun and Filling

Pizza, barbecue, and more American faves come in a doughy, hearty cone here.
EDWARD BROWN
American cuisine isn’t known for its original dishes as much as for the repurposing of old ones. Ground beef (hamburgers) and German sausage (hot dogs) weren’t new, but putting them on buns was. In the spirit of this distin...



Denis Leary and Kevin Costner have a tense discussion in the Cleveland Browns’ front office on Draft Day.

No. 1 Pick

The Cleveland Browns finally win something in the dazzling Draft Day.
KRISTIAN LIN
I heard other people pitching Draft Day as the NFL version of Moneyball. Certainly this movie is going for the same thing as Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated baseball film, to squeeze gripping drama out of the world of sports...


Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman go at each other with curved blades in a restaurant kitchen in The Raid 2.

Power Raid

This sequel to the Indonesian martial-arts gem is even bigger and badder.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed The Raid: Redemption two years ago, I asked, “When was the last time you saw a badass Indonesian film?” Many people chose that martial-arts film as their maiden experience, and so we have the sequel The Raid...



Plop into a stadium-style seat and loosen your belt at TJ’s. Lee Chastain

TJ’s Sizzles

The deep-fryers see a lot of action at this established Arlington sports bar.
EDWARD BROWN
There’s no denying that TJ’s Catfish and Wings is a sports bar. Nearly every inch of available space is covered in photos of famous players and team logos from all over the country, and there’s a TV — or three — where...


Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) Chris Evans stars in his superhero’s latest adventure, as he further adjusts to the modern world and battles an old Soviet nemesis (Sebastian Stan). Also with Scarlett Joha...