Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Eva Green has two swords and an army of Persians at her back in 300: Rise of an Empire.

300 and Two

Eva Green aside, this sequel is pretty much 300 on boats.
KRISTIAN LIN
Hollywood loves to throw up sequels to successful movies, and some of them do better than others when it comes to standing on their own. Right now, I’m struggling to recall a sequel that’s more heavily haunted by its predec...


Rome

There’s No Place Like Rome

After its Oscar win, The Great Beauty comes out again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty picked up an Oscar last week for the Best Foreign Film, so its distributors are re-releasing it after it enjoyed a brief run last December (in North Texas, it screened only in Dallas). Now ...



Non-Stop opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Non-Stop (PG-13) Liam Neeson stars in this thriller as an air marshal who tries to figure out who’s killing off the passengers one by one on a transatlantic flight. Also with Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle D...


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Get Better Fast

CHOW, BABY
It wasn’t that long ago you’d go to the Near Southside only for a doctor’s appointment or a chicken-fried steak from Massey’s. These days Mad-Nolia is home to the city’s best assemblage of restaurants, and the hits ju...



Young Jiro Horikoshi holds an imaginary conversation with an Italian aviation pioneer in The Wind Rises.

Jiro Dreams of Aircraft

Oscar-nominated and ethically complicated, The Wind Rises lifts you up.
KRISTIAN LIN
I never took Hayao Miyazaki seriously when he claimed that The Wind Rises would be his last movie. It seems that the now-73-year-old director has a habit of announcing his retirement and then going back on it, and he has done t...


Anton Yelchin tries to get rid of a package that someone else left at his apartment in Odd Thomas.

Odd One Out

The less you know about Odd Thomas going in, the better.
KRISTIAN LIN
Probably the best way to see Odd Thomas is the way I saw it. I went in cold, not knowing anything about the story or the cast or even about the highly regarded Dean Koontz novel that it’s based on. I wound up being happily su...



"In Secret" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: In Secret (R) Charlie Stratton’s adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin stars Elizabeth Olson as a 19th-century Frenchwoman who seeks to escape her loveless marriage through murder. Also with Oscar Isaac, Tom...


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Skipping Nonna’s: Insanity

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby only lasted two days on the P90X workout program. I’m insane enough without feeling that particular burn. I’ve Tae Bo’d, boot-camped, Pilateed, and even Prancersized. A small herd of workout machines is collect...



Catherine Martin’s duds for The Great Gatsby are in the running for the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
KRISTIAN LIN
Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o. You won’t go too far wrong if you pick those people to win the Academy Awards for acting. You’ll also have lots of company — although there’s an outside...


Crispy duck wings and chocolate-strawberry Napoleon await at Bird Café. Lee Chastain

Bird Café Takes Wing

Upscale pub grub alights on downtown.
LAURIE JAMES
It’s a glorious time to be a foodie in Fort Worth. The plethora of interesting, innovative restaurants just keeps expanding. The latest is Bird Café, local restaurateur Shannon Wynne’s new eatery and bar. Just walking dist...