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There’s not a deli in Fort Worth that makes a better Reuben than Varsity Tavern. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Trying to Make Varsity

Can this new West 7th gastropub set itself apart from the field?
LAURIE JAMES
Brian Franzman, the chef of Fort Worth’s three-week-old Varsity Tavern, also developed the menus at J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge in Austin and Houston. It’s apparent that Fort Worth’s new sports bar/gastrop...


Ip Man 3 opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Ip Man 3 (PG-13) Donnie Yen reprises his role as the kung fu master who tries to keep Hong Kong from being taken over by gangsters and crooked land developers. Also with Lynn Hung, Zhang Jin, Patrick Tam, Kent Cheng, Ka...



Young Dais (left) leads different street gangs against a common enemy in Tokyo Tribe.

Odds and Ends

Picking through leftover movies from 2015.
Kristian Lin
I watched even more movies this year (more than 300!) than usual, which afforded me more opportunities to see weird and wacky smaller films. This week, I’m doing my customary clearing of the decks by writing about those movie...


The Dive’s Roc-A-Fella oysters were sweet and tender. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Dive on In

Chef Josh Rangel’s new eatery is not your average fish fry.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Perched on the edge of the traffic circle at Camp Bowie Boulevard and Alta Mere Drive is an unassuming little building with a better-than-average pedigree: It’s the former home of Charlie’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and, mor...



"Moonwalkers" opens Friday in Dallas

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Lamb (NR) Ross Partridge stars in his own adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel about a man who goes on a road trip with an unpopular 11-year-old girl (Oona Laurence) after his family disintegrates. Also with Jess Weixl...


Cate Blanchett pursues love in a homophobic time in Carol.

Women in Love

Carol is a breathtaking romance with roots in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
There’s a proud tradition of gay male film directors who make their best movies about women: George Cukor, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, François Ozon. (Xavier Dolan is next in line.) Todd Haynes belongs among ...



Michael and Lisa lie on a hotel bed during a brief encounter in Anomalisa.

Masked and Anomalous

The animated Anomalisa vividly illustrates a mid-life crisis.
Kristian Lin
It so happens that this week’s Film page features two movies that played at last November’s Lone Star Film Festival. Carol was the main attraction there, but the closing selection was Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film ...


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 ...