Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer fall hard in The Choice.

Pick Again

The Choice you make seeing this weeper is a bad one.
Kristian Lin
I like Teresa Palmer. The athletic blonde Australian, who turns 30 this month, is equally at home in comedies like Take Me Home Tonight or action thrillers like I Am Number Four or the recent Point Break remake, and she can put...


Anomalisa Re-opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Anomalisa (R) This stop-motion animated movie is remarkable, even if its depressive brilliance remains a closed book to you. David Thewlis portrays a British expat and corporate consultant who travels to Cincinnati in 2...



The sweet tea chicken had a pleasant, herbal flavor. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Too Old School

Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro plays it safe.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
My guest and I arrived at Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro on a Thursday evening just as dinner service was beginning to wind down. The suburban space in North Richland Hills is bright and clean with high ceilings and concrete f...


Men-of-Extinction

New Local Music

Three delightfully unclassifiable non-rock albums came out recently.
Fort Worth Weekly
Men of Extinction’s We Made it Ourselves Jim Colegrove releases a self-produced album every year or two, and the projects tend to sound familiar and unexpected at the same time. He’s a musical jumping bean who records under...



Jane Got a Gun opens Friday.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Jane Got a Gun (R) Natalie Portman stars in this long-delayed Western as a woman trying to protect her husband (Noah Emmerich) from a vicious gang. Also with Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, and Ewan McGre...


John Magaro hangs on for dear life amid choppy waters in The Finest Hours.

Heavy Seas

A real-life rescue at sea gets the Disney treatment in The Finest Hours.
Kristian Lin
Don’t confuse The Finest Hours with These Final Hours. The latter is an Australian movie about the apocalypse that I reviewed last spring. The former is the Hollywood movie about a real-life rescue at sea that opens this week...



A panda and his long-lost dad meet in a noodle shop in "Kung Fu Panda 3."

Bears Repeating

A third helping of Kung Fu Panda retains most of its taste.
Kristian Lin
The previous installments of the Kung Fu Panda series came out in the summer, but Kung Fu Panda 3 is timed to Chinese New Year, which lands next week. This latest chapter does look considerably better next to the typical Januar...


There’s not a deli in Fort Worth that makes a better Reuben than Varsity Tavern. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Trying to Make Varsity

Can this new West 7th gastropub set itself apart from the field?
LAURIE JAMES
Brian Franzman, the chef of Fort Worth’s three-week-old Varsity Tavern, also developed the menus at J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge in Austin and Houston. It’s apparent that Fort Worth’s new sports bar/gastrop...



Ip Man 3 opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Ip Man 3 (PG-13) Donnie Yen reprises his role as the kung fu master who tries to keep Hong Kong from being taken over by gangsters and crooked land developers. Also with Lynn Hung, Zhang Jin, Patrick Tam, Kent Cheng, Ka...


Young Dais (left) leads different street gangs against a common enemy in Tokyo Tribe.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies from 2015.
Kristian Lin
I watched even more movies this year (more than 300!) than usual, which afforded me more opportunities to see weird and wacky smaller films. This week, I’m doing my customary clearing of the decks by writing about those movie...