Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
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Oh, Snappy!

On its way to conquering the world, this Dallas salad chain stops in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
I have a leg up when it comes to reviewing Snappy Salads. I’ve been eating at one of its Dallas locations for years. The one at the NorthPark Mall food court is perfect for dining before a movie screening at the theater a few...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening He Never Died (R) Henry Rollins stars in this horror-comedy as a depressive man who can’t be killed. Also with Booboo Stewart, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, and Jordan Todosey. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Alvin and the Ch...


Show of Force

The Star Wars series returns much better, thanks to a new director.
Kristian Lin
I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part of a year waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my anticipation was cooled considerably...


Fair Is Foul

Michael Fassbender mopes his way through the interesting failure Macbeth.
Kristian Lin
Some otherwise rational people think that there’s a curse over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and one piece of evidence they have is that so many great actors have suffered critical and financial failure playing the Scottish usurpe...


Here Come the Hardys

A British actor gets a double showcase in the otherwise dreary Legend.
Kristian Lin
You can see the reasoning behind Legend. In casting Tom Hardy as the identical twin brothers who ran London’s organized crime scene in the 1960s, writer-director Brian Helgeland must have felt like the movie was going to make...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening In the Heart of the Sea (PG-13) Chris Hemsworth stars in Ron Howard’s thriller based on the real 1820s incident about a group of Nantucket whalers stranded at sea for 90 days after their ship was sunk by a whale. Also...

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The Deep North

Chow, Baby
The North Side is still the best area in town to find a lunch bargain. Where else can you get a delicious enchilada special for $3.99? There are a dozen good restaurants right on Main Street near the Stockyards, but if you real...


Grasping for Common Ground

The new TCU-area eatery has a split personality.
There have always been enough beer dives and burger joints around the intersection of West Berry Street and University Drive, ground zero for the TCU non-Greek social scene. What has been conspicuously absent has been a hip, sl...


This My City

Chi-Raq: Make love, not … actually, don’t make love either.
Kristian Lin
Satire has been an element of Spike Lee’s filmmaking since the beginning. Caricatures, heightened reality, and subversive jokes aimed at all manner of targets have popped up all through his early films like She’s Gotta Have...


Shadow Writer

The cast enlivens the otherwise flat Hollywood biopic Trumbo.
Kristian Lin
Dalton Trumbo was, to use an overexposed word, a hero. His life may never have been in grave peril, but after the Oscar-winning screenwriter was blacklisted from Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee, he conti...