Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
The selection of charcuteries are the draw at Grapevine’s Great Scott. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Praise the Pig

Great Scott aims to bring charcuterie to the masses in Grapevine.
Laurie Barker James
On the way to Grapevine’s Great Scott, you’ll drive by a Hooters and Pluckers to reach the small, unprepossessing building –– but don’t let the exterior or the neighbors fool you. It’s what’s inside Matthew Scott...

Sasha Lane feels the wind in her hair in American Honey.

American Honey: Lucky Star

A British director and a Dallas native make this road-trip movie truly epic.
Kristian Lin
You may not know who Andrea Arnold is, but she’s a genius. The native of Kent, England, has made films only sporadically in her homeland, but more often than not they’ve been blazing pieces of work, proudly working-class an...

Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connolly in American Pastoral.

American Pastoral: Trouble in Paradise

This adaptation misses everything essential about Philip Roth
Kristian Lin
Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the titans of American literature, and yet the cinematic landscape is littered with unsatisfactory adaptations of his work: Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, Elegy, The Humbling. They ...

Rachel Weisz stars as Deborah Lipstadt, the American professor of history who was sued for libel by British Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) in Denial.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING   American Pastoral (R) Ewan McGregor directs and stars in this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about a man who wonders if his teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) is drifting into radical 1960s terrorism. Also wi...



What’s a day’s work worth without a story to tell?
By Jackie Hoermann-Elliott
Based on a book by radio legend Studs Terkel, Working: A Musical was the first play that Jubilee Theatre Director William Earl Ray ever produced. And that was back before the veteran Austin area native was acting or directing f...

Courtesy Oni Ramen.

Ramen Re-Imagined. Again.

Chow, Baby
Remember when the ramen craze hit? Every writer in the world wrote some form of this sentence: “This isn’t your college dorm room ramen.” Or: “Chef So-And-So is turning everyone’s favorite bargain noodle into somethin...

Pantego Bay’s etouffee was swimming with perfectly cooked crawfish. Photo by Lisa Warner.

Get There Fast, Take it Slow

Pantego Bay relies on fresh seafood, not gimmicks.
Lauren Phillips
I didn’t pull up to Pantego Bay in an especially generous mood. Few roads lead to the town of Pantego, and getting there during weekday rush hour traffic can be a frustrating exercise. My guests and I converged, at long last,...

Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, and Gal Gadot think their way out of a suburban spy plot in "Keeping Up With the Joneses."

Keeping Up With the Joneses: Spy, Neighbor!

This espionage comedy strains hard trying to keep up.
Kristian Lin
I came to a hard conclusion after watching Keeping Up With the Joneses: Zach Galifianakis should not be a leading man. Don’t get me wrong. He’s terrifically funny, a force for chaos in The Hangover series and Up in the Air,...


The Big G

Godzilla is back, and he’s more symbolic than ever.
Cole Williams
Sometimes your work and your passions collide. In other words, I’m getting paid to write about a Godzilla movie. Thankfully, Shin Godzilla is pretty damn good. Too bad, for once, I’m not crazy about Godzilla himself. Or its...

Asura: City of Madness – Jung Woo-sung stars in this Korean thriller as a dirty cop who’s caught between a crooked mayor (Hwang Jung-min) and a ruthless prosecutor (Kwak Do-won).

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Accountant (R) Ben Affleck stars in this thriller as an Asperger’s syndrome-suffering accountant for crime lords who tries to extricate himself as his clients and law enforcement close in. Also with Anna Kendrick,...