Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Michael B. Jordan gives Ariana Neal a piggyback ride in Fruitvale Station.

Death on a Platform

Fruitvale Station turns a police shooting into powerful drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
The Weinstein Company didn’t intend to release Fruitvale Station in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Things just worked out that way. Truthfully, any time would be good to see this drama that expands this week to ...


Brickhouse’s hot wings and grilled pork chops might make you shake shake shake your booty. Adrien P Maroney

Mighty Mightay

Arlington’s Brickhouse Lounge is more than just quality soul food.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Walk into Brickhouse Lounge, and that riff and verse from the 1970s song by The Commodores will float into your head. You know the one: “She’s mighty-mightay, just lettin’ it all hang out.” Actually, there’s a good ch...



Fruitvale Station opens Friday in Arlington.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Fruitvale Station (R) Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) stars in Ryan Coogler’s dramatic re-creation of the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a real-life Oakland man whose shooting at the hands of police caused an int...


James Wan loves him some creepy dolls in The Conjuring.

Conjuring Frights

It’s not perfect, but James Wan’s new horror film will turn your hair white.
STEVE STEWARD
Having apparently wrung every last drop of blood and cash from the Rube Goldberg-ian torture porn of the Saw franchise, director James Wan has turned his attention to scaring the bejesus out of nice families, first with the 201...



Sam Rockwell and Liam James ponder the next stage of life at an oceanside water park in The Way, Way Back.

Duncan in Water

Rookie directors make The Way, Way Back into a solid comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Expanding into Tarrant County this week, the agreeable summer comedy The Way, Way Back begins with Duncan (Liam James), a 14-year-old from Albany, in the last place he wants to be: in the back seat of a station wagon driven by ...


Pacific Rim opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Pacific Rim (PG-13) Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs this science-fiction thriller about a group of humans who build giant robots to battle alien invaders. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ch...



Michael Polley goes to work as an actor while his daughter Sarah looks on in Stories We Tell.

Lies My Mother Told Me

Sarah Polley’s meta-documentary asks how we tell the Stories We Tell.
KRISTIAN LIN
Sarah Polley was the It Girl of independent cinema in the late 1990s. The small, serious, fiercely intelligent native of Toronto was still a teenager when she gave unignorable performances in films such as The Sweet Hereafter, ...


Chelsea owner Kevin Bellomo and co-worker Tim Jonuzi have got your pie right ’eeere! Tony Robles

Chelsea Pizza: Simple, Excellent

The food is non-fussy but exceptional at this Keller strip-mall eatery.
EDWARD BROWN
With trendy chain establishments coming into the 817, you can now order pizzas with or without cheese and with sauces that range from barbecue to alfredo and even — gulp — nacho cheese. Chelsea Pizza, by comparison, is keep...



The Way, Way Back opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Way, Way Back (PG-13) Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) make their directing debut with this comedy about a teenage boy (Liam James) who comes of age by befriending a water park manager (Sam Rockwell...


Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer try to catch up with the bad guys’ train car in The Lone Ranger.

Ay! Oh, Silver!

The Lone Ranger trips over its ambitions and goes flying.
KRISTIAN LIN
The most fascinating bad movie of the summer, The Lone Ranger is out to do far more than simply revive the character created as part of a radio serial in 1933. This blockbuster aims to acknowledge the genocide of Native America...