Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
The food at Vee Lounge is actually pretty good for a nightclub.

Good Enough for Government Work

CHOW, BABY
It always strikes me as odd when people have to qualify their opinions about food based on where it’s served. As in, “For a bingo hall, the food’s not that bad.” Or, more likely, the left-handed compliment is to a night...


Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck share one of many pensive moments in To the Wonder.

To the Wonder: Into Thin Air

Terrence Malick’s latest is a transcendent bore.
KRISTIAN LIN
Did we overrate Terrence Malick, or is he just regressing to the mean after The Tree of Life? Anyone who saw his Oscar-nominated cultural touchstone from two years ago will readily recognize the hallmarks of his style in his la...



Chris O'Dowd presents Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Jessica Mauboy, and Miranda Tapsell in "The Sapphires."

Soul Sapphires

Aboriginal singers (and one Irish guy) distinguish this Down Under musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ah, Chris O’Dowd! Whether you loved him in Bridesmaids or detested him on TV’s Girls, you’ve probably been amused by the antics of this lumpen 33-year-old Irishman with the blocky physique, close-set eyes, and delightful ...


The Company You Keep opens Friday.

Filml Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Company You Keep (R) Robert Redford directs and stars in this thriller as a former 1960s Weather Underground terrorist who’s forced to run from the law after a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his identity...



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Deliciously Deductible

CHOW, BABY
If the Fourth of July is Cowboy Christmas because of all the rodeos going on, then surely April 15 must be Food Writers’ Fright Night. My dining room table looks like Russell Crowe’s wall in A Beautiful Mind. Still, each on...


Ryan Gosling prepares to rob a bank on his motorcycle in The Place Beyond the Pines.

Beyond the Pines: Fathers and Sons

Generations marked by crime and justice concern this big, flawed drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I hate to agree with the consensus, but sometimes there’s just nowhere else to go. Three years ago, Derek Cianfrance made a magnificent filmmaking debut with Blue Valentine, his study of a marriage’s beginning and ending. H...



Chadwick Boseman receives his numbered Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in "42."

42: Mister Robinson

A sports hero gets a much blander biopic than he deserves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jackie Robinson’s story was already made into a rather amateurish movie in 1950, with the Dodgers’ infielder and civil rights pioneer portraying himself. It needed a new treatment, an epic canvas befitting a chapter of base...


You’ll be tempted to wolf down Lizzano’s Chicken Jerusalem, but take your time. Tony Robles

Lizzano’s: A Family Fave

Skip the Olive Garden next time you’re looking for filling, casual Italian fare.
STEVE STEWARD
Most people have their favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, whether it’s a roadside barbecue shack, a gas-station taqueria, or the family-owned Italian dining room in the strip mall down the block. Sometimes these places kno...



"The Place Beyond the Pines" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Place Beyond the Pines (R) This drama written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) stars Ryan Gosling as a bank robber on a collision course with an ambitious young police officer (Bradley Cooper). Als...


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Knocking on the Red Door

CHOW, BABY
As a youngster, Chow, Baby roamed the wilds of the Cityview area with a Lewis-and-Clark-like ardor, watching that part of town grow from an ill-advised development in the middle of a flood plain to a beacon for lame chain resta...