Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
A shrunken M.K. comes eyeball to eyeball with a talking slug in "Epic."

Epic: Falling Leaves

An animated movie needs more than good looks, as this one proves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Chris Wedge first made a splash directing Ice Age 11 years ago, and while he has kept busy since then voicing Scrat the Squirrel through that movie’s numerous sequels, he has largely stayed out of the director’s chair. Epic...


As this blackberry cobbler indicates, dessert at Copper Creek is a hit. Lee Chastain

Rustic Grace

Copper Creek gets decent marks overall but fails at labeling.
EDWARD BROWN
A lot of Tarrant County restaurants claim to be “Texas fine dining,” and a few of them, like Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Bistro, and Reata Restaurant, actually make good on it. At other places, the bar isn...



Star Trek Into Darkness opens Thursday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13) Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the crew of the Enterprise on a manhunt for a rogue Federation operative (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pe...


BOOKS

A Texas Jubilee

Fort Worth author James Ward Lee celebrates the good/bad ol’ days.
EDWARD BROWN
The fictionalized North Texas town of Bodark Springs comes to life in James Ward Lee’s most recent book, A Texas Jubilee, reminding readers that few things in life are as pleasurable as well written folklore. Fort Worthian Le...



The Great Gatsby opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Great Gatsby (PG-13) Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about a 1920s writer (Tobey Maguire) who witnesses the tragically doomed romance between his cousin (Carey Mulligan) and a weal...


Chow

All Glitter, No Gold

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby has the attention span of a … what was I saying?  That’s why I almost never go to places that specialize in sensory overload. My food tends to get cold while I stare, mouth agape, at all the blinking lights. But...



They’re not Riggs and Murtaugh but Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle catching bad guys in Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3: Terror Plot

Though unessential, Marvel Studios’ latest superhero blockbuster sizzles.
STEVE STEWARD
Was giving former Hollywood wunderkind Shane Black the keys to Iron Man’s ignition something of a crazy bet? Because the writer-director hasn’t been a sure thing in years. The only bona fide hit he’s ever had was Lethal W...


Waters’ ceviche trio, with shrimp, striped bass, and ahi tuna, awaits. Adrien P. Maroney

Ocean Breeze

Bonnell’s Waters is a dazzling if occasionally uneven experience.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
While non-local foodies probably equate our little hamlet with Tim Love, locals know that Mr. Love Shack is far from the only game in town. Since 2001 Jon Bonnell has been wowing palates across the globe with his gourmet rustic...



"Iron Man 3" opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Iron Man 3 (PG-13) Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is forced into hiding by a string of bombings masterminded by The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in the series’ latest installment. Also with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, G...


Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jacob Lofland are up a tree (in a boat) in Mud.

Mud: A Clear Vision

Right and wrong may be clear to the men in this drama — but not to anyone else.
STEVE STEWARD
In his previous film, Take Shelter, filmmaker Jeff Nichols relied on subtle direction and the exigencies of financial peril to ground the apocalyptic, magical reality through which his protagonist suffered. In Nichols’ latest...