Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Chappie

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Chappie (PG-13) The latest film by Neill Blomkamp (Distrtict 9) is about a police robot (Sharlto Copley) in a futuristic society who’s stolen and reprogrammed to think for himself. Also with Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, N...


What We Do In the Shadows

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
opening What We Do in the Shadows (NR) Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-write, co-direct, and co-star in this mockumentary comedy as vampires who get on each other’s nerves when they’re forced to share an apartment. Als...



Ryan Tharp Life So Far

The World According to Tharp

This Fort Worth ax-man steps out from the shadows with a stellar debut.
Jimmy Fowler
Give a listen to Life So Far, the debut album from Ryan Tharp, and one impression may cross your mind: This is an awfully confident freshman effort. The 29-year-old Fort Worth singer-songwriter-guitarist casually but masterfull...


Milena Canonero’s costumes are Oscar-worthy in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to … that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
Welcome once again to my Oscar preview that ignores the A-list categories in favor of handicapping the mid-major races, giving me the chance to praise work by the artisans whom I didn’t always have space for in my regular mov...



Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (NR) Spike Lee’s remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 blaxploitation film Ganja & Hess stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as a scientist who develops an insatiable thirst for blood after being stabbed b...


JLD

Street Smarts

Not too long ago, JLD was homeless. Now he’s playing a sanctioned SXSW gig.
Jimmy Fowler
When you ask 32-year-old Justin Derington to cite some of his biggest musical influences, he’ll rattle off names like Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Wonder. Those artists have inspired generations of musicians, of course,...



Song of the Sea

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Song of the Sea (PG) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this Irish film by Tomm Moore (The Book of Kells) is about a selkie (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) who determines to return her fellow fairy creature...


Still Alice

Losing My Mind

Julianne Moore deserves an Oscar but not for Still Alice.
Kristian Lin
Julianne Moore looks like a mortal lock to pick up an Oscar next week for her performance in Still Alice, an honor that she should have won years ago. I yield to no one in my admiration for this actress, yet I find myself curio...



The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...


Trai Bo

Try Trái Bo

Hearsay
On Friday, The Grotto (517 University Dr., 817-882-9331) will host one of the coolest shows all year anywhere. It’s co-headlined by Cleanup, the math-rocking Fort Worth trio that we’ve been praising for eons, and Megafauna,...