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Burnt Down for What

Bradley Cooper deserves better service from this chef drama.
Kristian Lin
Most movies about chefs portray their subjects as divinely inspired (if occasionally temperamental) artisans who live to dazzle us with their culinary creations. Ah, but we know better, don’t we? Reality TV shows and chef mem...


Truth

Poke in the Eye

Truth is a numbing look into a journalism scandal.
Kristian Lin
You may recall that 16 years ago, Michael Mann made a laudable, well-acted, detail-oriented journalism movie called The Insider that cast CBS News as the villain. Truth aims to repeat the trick, and its depiction of the Eye has...



Michael Fassbender outlines his vision for the future as Steve Jobs.

Shiny Apple

Steve Jobs comes back in this wordy, wildly entertaining biopic.
Kristian Lin
“Artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands!” That might just be the most Aaron Sorkin thing that anybody has ever said in an Aaron Sorkin drama. (I think Mao Tse-tung would have approved of the sentiment, too.) Just wh...


Dracula is easily one of TBT’s most popular productions. And for good reason.

Lusty Dracula

Texas Ballet Theater’s spooktacular classic was a rip-roaring blast.
Leonard Eureka
In his 27 years leading the Houston Ballet, Ben Stevenson choreographed many full-length ballets, from Swan Lake to Don Quixote and beyond, including four of his own creations: The Snow Maiden, Peer Gynt, Cleopatra, and Dracula...



Holograms

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Jem and the Holograms (PG) Based on the 1980s animated TV series, this live-action musical stars Aubrey Peeples as a small-town girl who unexpectedly vaults to stardom as a singer. Also with Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perri...


The sushi at AMC Grapevine Mills is standard-issue, but the entrées are great. Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Great Sequel

AMC Grapevine Mills’ new menu is a remake that’s better than the original.
Kristian Lin
  I spend lots of time at AMC Grapevine Mills watching movies that don’t play anywhere else in North Texas. Occasionally, I wind up eating there between features, so I noticed immediately when the theater revamped its me...



Jessie-Frye

New Local Music

Two pop-punk bands and a rocked-out songstress dropped new material.
Fort Worth Weekly
Jessie Frye’s Boys’ Club Jessie Frye has balance working in her favor. Her rich voice could easily work in the hands of a dance-pop producer, but she chooses a much more organic, rock-oriented approach. Following up her acc...


Bridge-of-Spies

Prisoners’ Dilemmas

Spielberg and the Coens team up for the big, underwhelming Bridge of Spies.
Kristian Lin
Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies from a script that was co-written by the Coen brothers. Not so long ago, these filmmakers seemed to be diametrical opposites: Spielberg was the representative of Hollywood’s old guard...



Time-Out-of-Mind

Street Life

Despite its miscasting, Time Out of Mind is a rare successful movie about the homeless.
Kristian Lin
Richard Gere shouldn’t play a homeless person. Let’s just say that off the bat. He gives it a good try in Time Out of Mind, which oddly enough opens only in Burleson this weekend. He grows out his hair and several days’ w...


Beasts of No Nation opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Beasts of No Nation (R) Cary Joji Fukunaga (TV’s True Detective) adapts Uzodinma Iweala’s novel about a 14-year-old boy (Abraham Attah) who’s drafted into a civil war in an unnamed African country. Also with Idris...