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Third Person opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Third Person (R) The latest film by Paul Haggis (Crash) is a series of interlocking romantic stories set in Rome, Paris, and New York. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger, Maria B...


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Color it Meaty, Matey

CHOW, BABY
Growing up, I used up more than a few crayons on those coloring pages that restaurants hand out to keep kids quiet. The one that hung on the Chow, Family fridge the longest was of something called Burger Town, showing a lush ki...



Backed by session musicians and neighborhood kids, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo prepare to record outdoors in Begin Again.

I Feel the Music in You

Keira Knightley sings her heartache out in Begin Again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 2007, Irish TV writer John Carney made his first film, a slender little romance called Once that was mostly intended to showcase his musician friends Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and their songs. He figured the mo...


Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon play a very reckless car game in Tammy.

What Makes Tammy Run?

Thoughts on Melissa McCarthy’s ongoing place in Hollywood.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m starting to worry about Melissa McCarthy. Her uproarious performance in Bridesmaids won her an Oscar nomination and vaulted her onto the A-list, but the characters she plays now are all more or less like the one she playe...



Ume’s sashimi spring roll awaits. Lee Chastain

Ume: Yummy

The best of both Korean and Japanese cuisines awaits.
LAURIE JAMES
Although there is a plethora of Japanese restaurants in Tarrant County, there aren’t a lot of Korean eateries. Enter: Ume Sushi and Korean BBQ. While political relations between Korea and Japan have historically been testy, t...


Gaby Hoffmann (standing) tries to cheer up a disconsolate Jenny Slate (in box) in Obvious Child.

What Not to Expect

Finding humor in a dicey topic, Obvious Child stakes out new territory.
KRISTIAN LIN
Maybe you’ve heard Obvious Child referred to as “the abortion comedy.” Its makers have — rightly — argued that their work is much more than that. Nevertheless, abortion is what distinguishes the film from everything e...



John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda sing about a girl named Sherry in Jersey Boys.

Uncanny Valli

Oh, pretty baby, trust in me when I say: Jersey Boys rocks the theater.
KRISTIAN LIN
There are tons of reasons why the movie version of Jersey Boys shouldn’t work. Most of them have to do with director Clint Eastwood. Anyone who’s seen the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons knows th...


Filth opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Filth (R) James McAvoy stars in this thriller about a crooked British cop who schemes to win himself a promotion at the expense of criminals, his colleagues, and his family. Also with Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen P...



There are dozens of taco items at Taco Diner, including the citrus- marinated pork tacos al pastor — with grilled pineapple. Brian Hutson

Tranquil Tex-Mex

Excellent service and a gorgeous patio more than make up for Taco Diner’s shortcomings.
LAURIE JAMES
Taco Diner’s foray into Fort Worth is pretty great. The regional chain with locations in Dallas and Southlake has put down stakes in Sundance Square, specifically on the edge of Sundance Square Plaza. The jetted fountains alo...


Brenton Thwaites and Olivia Cooke are filmed from a trippy angle during The Signal.

Turn Signal

Casual pacing gets in the way of the action in this sci-fi thriller.
STEVE STEWARD
Have you seen Rubber? If you missed it, it’s about a mysteriously sentient tire that rolls around the desert murdering animals and people with its unfathomable, steel-belted radial tire mind. Lots of people hated it, and you ...