Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
"Theeb" (Opens Friday in Dallas)

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Theeb (NR) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this Jordanian movie stars Jacir Eid al-Hwietat as a Bedouin boy who must guide a British army officer (Jack Fox) through the desert to a secret meeting during W...

A blood-spattered Anya Taylor-Joy looks to Hell for guidance in The Witch.


Oh, damn! The Witch is 2016’s first great horror movie.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just run across the first genuinely Satanic movie of my life. Lots of horror flicks traffic in mere demonic trappings and symbols and Latin phrases. The Witch, however, truly feels like it was touch...

Kiefer Sutherland makes an entrance in Forsaken.

Not-So-Young Guns

The Western Forsaken will be mostly forgotten.
Kristian Lin
Somewhat illogically, I think that Forsaken would have been better if it had been made 25 years ago with the same cast of actors. It certainly would have gotten more exposure. Set in 1872, this low-budget Western stars Kiefer S...

The Swiss Pastry Shop’s new dinner menu features Alpen macaroni (left) and classic wienerschnitzel. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Building on Tradition

The venerable Swiss Pastry Shop is open for dinner.
The sad truth is that many of the family-run institutions we’ve known and loved aren’t around anymore. Times and tastes have changed, and there is a long list of now-defunct bakeries and restaurants that looked like they ha...

"Where to Invade Next" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Where to Invade Next (R) Michael Moore’s latest documentary has him invading other countries looking for answers to America’s social problems. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (NR) Jamie Chung ...

Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose after killing a bunch of bad guys in Deadpool.

Meta Man

A superhero mask conceals a foul mouth in the hilarious Deadpool.
Kristian Lin
With Deadpool, the Marvel Comics movies definitively burst into their decadent phase. Other superhero films (including some of Marvel’s) have riffed comically about the absurdities of stories and movies involving superheroes,...

Charlotte Rampling tries to make sense of her married life in "45 Years."

Happy Returns

Andrew Haigh maps out a scene from a marriage in 45 Years.
Kristian Lin
At first, it was all good for 45 Years. After winning the Silver Bear (runner-up) prize at the prestigious Berlinale last year, this British drama debuted in American theaters to widespread acclaim, made many critics’ lists o...

Collider Scope

New Local Music

Both experimental rapper Tornup and psychedelic Americana artist Carnation released new albums.
Fort Worth Weekly
Tornup’s Collider Scope Collider Scope (Ephemeral Hangs), Fort Worth rapper Tornup’s follow-up to Impossible Dreams, is a sonic collage of experimental music and vocals. Tornup is a talker. The Fort Worth underground rapper...

Twelve Stones’ pot de créme is a delicately caramel-flavored pudding with crystals of sea salt.  Photo courtesy of 12 Stones.

A Stone’s Throw

Twelve Stones aspires to greatness and comes quite close.
Laurie James
You have to admire a second-career chef  –– someone who loves food so much that he would ditch a successful IT career for the grueling pace of running a kitchen. Twelve Stones’ chef-owner David Burdick went to culinary s...

Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer fall hard in The Choice.

Pick Again

The Choice you make seeing this weeper is a bad one.
Kristian Lin
I like Teresa Palmer. The athletic blonde Australian, who turns 30 this month, is equally at home in comedies like Take Me Home Tonight or action thrillers like I Am Number Four or the recent Point Break remake, and she can put...