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After Earth: Aftertaste

Will Smith and son Jaden explore a dangerous old planet in this slight but tolerable B-movie.
STEVE STEWARD
Remember when M. Night Shyamalan was a household, if lazily mispronounced, name? The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs made him and his signature twist endings a hot commodity. But a string of flops followed, from plants-will...


Elote co-owner Cynthia Loeb has a plate of fresh Tex-Mex and some ’ritas with your name on them. Adrien P. Maroney

Elote Is Elite

This little eatery specializes in semi-healthy Tex-Mex.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The words “gluten-free” and “Tex-Mex” combine in a way that makes your average cowboy grimace. In reality, Mexican cuisine, like most Western regional cuisines, is heavy on green veggies, beans, and corn, all of which l...



Now You See Me opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Now You See Me (PG-13) Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson star in this caper flick as a team of stage magicians who execute high-end robberies of capitalist robber barons. Also with Morgan F...


The steaks are cut on-site — and then cooked to order, like this bone-in rib-eye. Lee Chastain

Chop House Delights

Despite its kitschiness, this steakhouse is decidedly au courant.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Chef Kenny Mills made himself at home in Arlington with Chop House Burgers, which started as a hole-in-the-wall near University of Texas at Arlington only a couple of years ago. Now Chop House has taken over half of the strip m...



Dead Man’s Burden opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Dead Man’s Burden (NR) Jared Moshe’s Western stars Barlow Jacobs and Clare Bowen as a brother and sister who discover each other’s buried secrets as they reunite on their farm in New Mexico in 1870. Also with Dav...


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The Old (Grill) Is New Again

CHOW, BABY
The young are so helpful. Chow, Baby’s teenage nieces, for example, are always willing to point out how uncool and out of touch I am. Sadly, instead of sending me to the latest chic dive, their comments only drove me deeper i...



Yep, that’s Tyrese Gibson leaping onto a speeding car to avoid being crushed by a tank in Fast & Furious 6.

The Crash U.K.

The Fast & Furious series gets less real, and that’s a good thing.
KRISTIAN LIN
’Round about the end of 2011, I started hearing some serious film writers cop to enjoying Fast Five, the fifth chapter in the Fast and Furious series that stretches all the way back to 2001. It made me start wondering whether...


A shrunken M.K. comes eyeball to eyeball with a talking slug in "Epic."

Epic: Falling Leaves

An animated movie needs more than good looks, as this one proves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Wedge first made a splash directing Ice Age 11 years ago, and while he has kept busy since then voicing Scrat the Squirrel through that movie’s numerous sequels, he has largely stayed out of the director’s chair. Epic...



As this blackberry cobbler indicates, dessert at Copper Creek is a hit. Lee Chastain

Rustic Grace

Copper Creek gets decent marks overall but fails at labeling.
EDWARD BROWN
A lot of Tarrant County restaurants claim to be “Texas fine dining,” and a few of them, like Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Bistro, and Reata Restaurant, actually make good on it. At other places, the bar isn...


Star Trek Into Darkness opens Thursday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13) Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the crew of the Enterprise on a manhunt for a rogue Federation operative (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pe...