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If you overcook your own food at Jin Korean BBQ, you can always go back for more. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Cook it Yourself

An unconventional Arlington eatery scores points for flavor and volume
LAURIE JAMES
Jin Korean BBQ is tucked into a strip mall on one of the busier parts of Cooper Street in Arlington. But once you’re inside, you’d swear you could see the cook-it-yourself restaurant from space. There’s more neon lining t...


Wendy Welch and Bob Hess plumb the mysteries of this book and their marriage in Stage West’s Sexy Laundry.

Strange Odors

Stage West’s marriage comedy Sexy Laundry is as sharp as old clothes.
Kristian Lin
My other duties at this publication have kept me away from reviewing theater for a while, but I got back on that horse this past weekend with Stage West’s Sexy Laundry, which is among the first Fort Worth productions of 2016....



The Sadie and the Jambo Texan sandwich are two of the Arlington eatery’s signature dishes.  Photo by Lee Chastain.

Feats of Meat

All of Jambo’s BBQ Shack’s comes from the kitchen.
Lauren Phillips
I experienced a kind of dejected longing while waiting in line at Jambo’s BBQ Shack. I watched forlornly as the servers weaved through the packed dining room carrying the kitchen’s two signature monstrosities: the Sadie, a ...


Carol

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Carol (R) Based on a novel by Fort Worth’s Patricia Highsmith, this romance is about an aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) who falls in love with an older woman (Cate Blanchett) in the 1950s. Also with Sarah Paulson,...



Leonardo DiCaprio wanders the West looking for revenge in The Revenant.

Unbreakable Glass

The Revenant looks awesome, but looks can be deceiving.
Kristian Lin
Look, I get why people are losing their minds over The Revenant. It looks amazing and has much else to recommend it besides. Still, it’s a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who hasn’t been content merely to tell a st...


Samuel L. Jackson is one of many unsavory characters in "The Hateful Eight."

Despicable We

Quentin Tarantino marks time in his devilish Western The Hateful Eight.
Kristian Lin
The first thing you’ll see in The Hateful Eight is an overture. It’s a title card shown over several minutes’ worth of mood-setting music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone. A holdover from opera and ballet, ov...



Sebastião Salgado’s photographs are spotlighted in The Salt of the Earth.

Best Documentaries of 2015

Rounding up the nonfiction film achievements of the past year.
Kristian Lin
You may have noticed that I didn’t include any documentaries when I ran my list of 2015’s best movies last week. I’m never sure how to evaluate documentaries alongside fiction films — comparing fiction movies to one ano...


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Brazos BBQ Song

This Cresson gem is worth the trip.
Peter Gorman
In the world of destination food joints, most gas stations don’t cut it. But there are exceptions. Chef Point Cafe in Watauga serves up some fine cuisine inside of a Conoco. Tiger Farms Market on Wilshire Boulevard in Burleso...



The Danish Girl opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Danish Girl (R) A shapeless lump. This biopic of Einar Wegener a.k.a. Lili Elbe, one of the first men to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, is easil the weakest outing ever by director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)...


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The Top 10

A feminine tinge comes to our best movies of 2015.
Kristian Lin
This year’s movies brought us Life, Love, Youth, and Joy, as well as a bunch of films about women that wound up dominating this list. I didn’t set out to do that. It just happened. Hollywood makes most of its movies about m...