Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon hang out on the porch in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

A Death in the Family

Billy Bob Thornton makes a shaky return to directing with Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 1996, when Sling Blade came out, not only had no one heard of Billy Bob Thornton, the whole concept of regional cinema hadn’t been developed yet. Independent filmmaking was still centered largely in New York, which me...


There’s a strong South American influence at work at Sol de Luna. Brian Hutson

Bright Spot

Sol de Luna isn’t your typical fast-food Tex-Mex joint.
EDWARD BROWN
Until it closed a few months ago, Red Cactus was one of the most popular lunch spots in TCUland, offering fresh, cheap, and fast Tex-Mex in a brightly lit, antiseptic, fast food-esque dining room. Despite its popularity, howeve...



Eric Bana arranges a clandestine rendezvous at a crowded Wembley Stadium in Closed Circuit.

I’ll Be Watching You

A terrorist’s lawyers can’t escape the British government’s eyes in Closed Circuit.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paranoid political thrillers crested in the 1970s, but I’m looking forward to a new wave of them inspired by the revelations by Edward Snowden and others about the extent to which our digital trails are being snooped on. Perh...


Closed Circuit now playing.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Closed Circuit (R) Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star in this thriller as exes who find themselves under government surveillance when they become defense lawyers for a suspected terrorist (Denis Moschitto). Also with Jim ...



A somewhat sober Miles Teller assists on Shailene Woodley’s paper route in The Spectacular Now.

Teenage Drink

Great actors generate buzz in The Spectacular Now.
KRISTIAN LIN
As alcoholism dramas go, last week’s offering, The World’s End, is a hard act to follow. If The Spectacular Now isn’t as powerful or as funny, this brilliantly acted film is still the best teen flick I’ve seen all year,...


Tony Leung demonstrates his martial arts style for a crowd of future disciples in The Grandmaster.

Grandmaster Flash

Beauty and romance distinguish this deluxe kung fu movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wong Kar-Wai’s films generally don’t play in American multiplexes, but that’s exactly where his latest movie, The Grandmaster, lands this weekend. That’s because it’s a martial-arts film, a genre that crosses language...



The Chuck Norris (left) and “The World’s Best Reuben” are calling you out. Lee Chastain

Beacon Café Takes off

The food is simple, hearty, and tasty at this newish diner.
EDWARD BROWN
For a lot of restaurants, establishing a theme means quirky staff uniforms or décor. Not for the Beacon Café & Country Store. This two-year-old North Fort Worth breakfast and lunch eatery gets its unique charm from its lo...


Blue Jasmine opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Blue Jasmine (R) One of the greatest performances of Cate Blanchett’s career enlivens Woody Allen’s weak rewriting of A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanchett plays a Wall Street trophy wife who moves in with her sister...



Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Paddy Considine look the worse for wear during their pub crawl in The World’s End.

King of Beers

The high-proof World’s End has midlife crises and killer robots on tap.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’re not too late to declare the comedy of the summer, are we? Good, because The World’s End is not only the season’s funniest movie but also its best action thriller, its best addiction drama, and its best movie about t...


Someone with a mask means Barbara Crampton no good in You're Next.

Family Dies

You’re Next has lots more laughs than your average slasher movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve seen the trailer and the posters for You’re Next, you may think that this is just another crappy late-summer slasher flick. Actually, it’s not. It’s a dysfunctional family comedy that’s wrapped inside a slas...