Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Hiroyuki Sanada is confronted by Colin Firth about his war crimes in The Railway Man.

The Road to Recovery

World War II is a backdrop for psychological drama in The Railway Man.
EDWARD BROWN
British actors always seem a bit smug. Not sure why, but it’s probably because they are. Their pridefulness, however, melts away in The Railway Man, a drama set during and long after World War II and directed by Jonathan Tepl...


There’s a lot to love about this small family-owned eatery. Lee Chastain

All Aboard for Brodard

This Asian express is tiny but packs humongous flavors.
JIMMY FOWLER
The tiny, family-owned Vietnamese eatery Brodard Asian Express & Boba Tea looks as if it could be swallowed up any minute by the hectic retail space it inhabits on a busy section of Cooper Street in South Arlington. Inside,...



The Immigrant opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Immigrant (R) Marion Cotillard stars in this drama by James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night) as a Polish woman who is forced into prostitution in New York in 1921. Also with Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Angel...


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Let’s Boot the Brits off the Island

CHOW, BABY
TV announcer’s voice: “Two Fort Worth restaurants appeared on gimmicky fix-my-restaurant shows. One show promised to fix the place’s concept and menu, and the other documented the restaurant competing with a Dallas barbec...



Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau look for customers for their new food truck in Chef.

Cuban Sandwich King

Jon Favreau serves up small plates of joy in his food comedy Chef.
KRISTIAN LIN
In his amiable food comedy Chef, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as Carl Casper, the head chef at a well-established upscale L.A. restaurant. As the movie opens, he’s preparing his staff to receive powerful food critic and ...


Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler enjoy a moment to themselves at a South African resort in Blended.

Blended and Extended

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy actually doesn’t suck.
KRISTIAN LIN
Something about Drew Barrymore seems to smooth out Adam Sandler’s abrasive edges and bring out his sweetness without making him cloying. After The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, the two actors have teamed up once again, a...



All of the seafood was cooked well and tasted great at R.J. Gator’s. Lee Chastain

Floribbean Queen

Stick with the surf options at R.J. Gator’s.
LAURIE JAMES
At one point, R.J. Gator’s was a flourishing Florida-based chain with locations in several states. The concept: “Floribbean” cuisine –– Jamaican lite with Caribbean and Cajun accents plus Tex-Mex. The chain went bankr...


Chef opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chef (R) Jon Favreau stars in his own comedy as a Miami restaurant chef who tries to restart his career after feuding with his bosses and a well-known critic. Also with John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, S...



Seen through a bus window, the renowned Japanese monster visits the Golden Gate Bridge in Godzilla.

My Beloved Monster

Godzilla rampages again in a flawed but terrifying remake.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me calm things down a bit. The early reviews of Godzilla led me to expect something fantastic, and this movie isn’t that. It barely seems to have a script. Yet watching it, I felt something like the awe and horror that th...


Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon are decked out in their 18th-century finery in Belle.

Belle of the Ball

If Jane Austen had written a black heroine, she’d look something like this.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’re like many people, 12 Years a Slave was the first film you saw by a black British director. Maybe you wondered whether there were any more in the pipeline. Your answer comes in the form of Belle, a movie written and ...