Posts Tagged ‘reviews’

Outside Voice

Take your mom to the harrowing prison movie Room.
Kristian Lin
Brie Larson has been around. You probably saw her as Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck or as the token girl in the movie version of 21 Jump Street. Fine as her performances in those comedies are, they don’t hint at the ext...

"The Funhouse Massacre" Opens Friday in Dallas

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Funhouse Massacre (NR) Robert Englund stars in this horror movie about six psychopaths who escape from an insane asylum and kill the people in a haunted house. Also with Scottie Thompson, Chasty Ballesteros, Courtne...

Everything made in-house at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen was a treat. Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Tale of Two Polanco’s

The food is great at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen, except when it’s poured from a box.
It was a slow, lazy Sunday evening when my guests and I pulled up to Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen in southeast Arlington. The joint was so empty that we worried it might be closed, but our server warmly welcomed us. We were seat...


New Local Music

Steve Steward
Raven Charter’s Reset The first thing that jumps out at me from Reset, North Texas prog-rock outfit Raven Charter’s third record, is its sonic perfection: perfectly played, perfectly recorded, with time signatures switching...

Squanto’s Color TV Death represents a new paradigm.

Squanto’s Spear of Density

There’s new music, and then there’s this Fort Worthian’s dark electro-pop.
Anthony Mariani
Squanto is highly recommended, especially for fans of early-’90s trip-hop, early Beck, glitchwerks, the poetry of John Ashbery and Jorie Graham, and music as people 30 and older probably treasure it. “Ten was the last great...


Nicky D’s Delights

A fun and quirky atmosphere is only part of the dining experience at Nicky D’s.
The word “mishmash” comes to mind when pulling up to Nicky D’s. For one, the ranch-style building has a bright red sheet metal roof. A defunct fuel dispenser indicates that the space was once a gas station, and a large ha...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Big Stone Gap (PG-13) Ashley Judd stars in this drama as an Appalachian eccentric who discovers a secret in her past. Also with Patrick Wilson, Chris Sarandon, Jane Krakowski, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jenna Elfman, Jasmine Gu...

Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux wait for a train in the Moroccan desert in "Spectre".

Bonded Out

Spectre bids a fond farewell to Daniel Craig as 007.
Kristian Lin
Forming a neatly rounded-off tetralogy with the previous three James Bond movies, Spectre sure feels like the end of the line for Daniel Craig as the storied secret agent. If it indeed is, the 47-year-old actor can depart proud...

"The Peanuts Movie": The view from Snoopy's doghouse has never looked like this.

Buy Me Some Peanuts

Charlie Brown and his gang return to the big screen in fine style.
Kristian Lin
When it was first announced that Peanuts would be turned into a 3D movie, many of my fellow Peanuts fans were afraid that the resulting film would turn the beloved comic strip into some garish contemporary bastardization of Cha...

Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Vodeo’s Auspicious Debut

This yacht-rocking Fort Worth quartet’s self-titled EP is already a classic.
Anthony Mariani
These guys must get laid a lot. Not that having acrobatic sex with as many attractive people as possible is every musician’s dream, but … wait. News flash: It is. Anyway, not since The Hanna Barbarians or maybe even the Joh...