Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Sweet Heat Burger

Fill ’er Up

Your belly, that is, at IDC Burgers in an unassuming Shell station in Aledo.
Joey Keeton
IDC Burger is easy to miss. Just look for the big banner strung across the Shell station on FM 1187, which you’ll probably notice only after you’ve decided that you’re lost and are no longer on 1187. The décor consists o...

Le Cep

One Too Many Courses

Chow, Baby
I’m not sure there’s a new restaurant I’ve looked forward to trying more than Le Cep (3324 W. 7th St.). Chef Sandra Avila’s haute modern French menu has been universally showered with praise since it recently opened on ...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Amira & Sam (NR) Martin Starr stars in this comedy as a U.S. Army veteran who falls in love with an Iraqi woman (Dina Shababi). Also with Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, Ross Marquand, Taylor Wilcox, and David Rasche. (Op...


Pain Cake

Jennifer Aniston does great work in a not-so-great drama.
You may have heard the whispers about a movie called Cake that stars Jennifer Aniston and played at the Toronto Film Festival. The lead actress scored a Golden Globe nomination and campaigned hard for an Oscar nod, and the movi...

A Most Violent Year.

Hard Winter

Oscar Isaac is Oscar-worthy in the crime thriller A Most Violent Year.
The discontent over this year’s Oscars has been all about the overwhelming whiteness of the nominees. Most of that discontent has coalesced around Selma, for excellent reason. Still, what about A Most Violent Year, which open...

Cake opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Cake (R) Jennifer Aniston stars in this drama as a disfigured woman who becomes obsessed with the suicide of one of the other patients in her chronic-pain support group. Also with Sam Worthington, Adriana Barraza, Mami...

Steve Carell holds forth on the importance of coaches as American leaders in Foxcatcher.


Foxcatcher grapples with American manhood and a true-life crime.
After billionaire wrestling benefactor John du Pont was arrested in 1989 for murdering coach and former Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, the police announced that du Pont would be given a mental evaluation. In his Tonight Sh...

Black lives matter: David Oyelowo (back row, center) leads a nonviolent protest in Selma.

Infinite Hope

Selma: Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King.
I always write with one eye on how history will judge the movies I’m writing about. From that standpoint, I have a sneaking suspicion that Selma will look a bit square and conventional in 20 years. Right now, though, coming a...

Anna Kendrick ponders what to do on the steps of the palace in Into the Woods.

Today Was a Fairytale

Into the Woods: There was a baker and his wife, and it was beautiful.
Way back before Disney rejuvenated itself by making animated musicals based on fairy tales sprinkled with witty songs, adult concerns, and a wisecracking modern attitude, Stephen Sondheim beat the studio to that territory with ...

The dwarves make a last stand at their fortress in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies."

Gold Mountain

Peter Jackson’s Hobbit saga finally winds to an exhausted end.
In English soccer, when a high-priced newly signed player goes bust, opposing fans will sometimes taunt the player and his team by singing, “What a waste of money!” That’s the serenade that came to my mind when I was view...