Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Gael García Bernal poses in front of his ad campaign’s rainbow flag in No.

The No Has It

¡Adiós, Presidente! An adman beats a dictator in this hot Chilean satire.
KRISTIAN LIN
Where advertising and politics meet, movies usually turn cynical and satiric. Political ads foul our airwaves, reduce complex policies to soundbites, pander to our unspoken prejudices and fears, and convince us to vote for dema...


The Tex-Mex is copious and mostly memorable at Casa Rita’s Lee Chastain

Homing in on Casa Rita’s

Not all Tex-Mex is created equal.
STEVE STEWARD
Let’s be honest: When you name your favorite Tex-Mex place, are you really voting for the food or out of loyalty to some combination of tradition, ambiance, and service? The tacos, burritos, and enchiladas at most run-of-the-...



On the Road opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: On the Road (R) Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) adapts Jack Kerouac’s novel about a young writer (Sam Riley) who takes a road trip across America with his best friend (Garrett Hedlund) and his new girlfriend (...


Nicole Kidman and the family secrets are spied on by Mia Wasikowska in Stoker.

Stoker: India and Korea

Your family is nowhere near as messed up as the one in this chiller.
KRISTIAN LIN
A few months ago, I wrote about the wave of South Korean filmmakers coming to America. That wave reaches much higher tide with Stoker, a slow-churning, delicately crafted psychological thriller that crawls under your skin. The ...



Tina Fey has a bit of trouble coping with her life and work in "Admission."

I Accept Admission

Tina Fey gives it the old college try in this comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
Like all right-thinking persons, I adore Tina Fey. Yet for all her glorious work on TV, she still hasn’t made the great comedy film that we all know her to be capable of. Her latest, Admission, falls agonizingly short of grea...


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Killer or Filler?

Experimental music abounds in ye olde towne of cow.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
New Media Recordings’ self-titled compilation Playing in a workaday indie band in a workaday indie city like the Fort, you’ve got to have a sense a humor. Ask some indie-rocker what he’s doing before his show, and he’ll...



Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi have a magical face-off with Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Wonderstone, Oz: Lesser Wizards

Two movies about magic go up in a puff of smoke.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of the earliest filmmakers, Georges Meliès, started out as a magician, so it’s really no surprise that filmmakers have long felt an affinity with magicians. They both practice the art of diverting our attention for the p...


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Diving for Dumplings

CHOW, BABY
Not all small-town mom-and-pop restaurants are created equal. Chow, Baby is often guilty of romanticizing such joints. I can’t help it. I just imagine that some nice family is living out their restaurateur dream: Grandma is i...



Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune pursue an ill-starred wartime romance in Emperor.

Emperor: Occupy Japan

This post-WWII movie is a romance that should have been a detective story.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Japan that inspires Western filmmakers to make such boring dramas about the place? You could say that Westerners don’t understand Japan, but then look at all the Hollywood movies that have been made in Italy ...


Nicole Leigh Jones steps off a train in this Grapevine-filmed scene in "Shroud."

David Jetre Unveils Shroud

A Denton filmmaker distributes his Western himself.
KRISTIAN LIN
“We didn’t want to sell when we were desperate,” said Denton native David Jetre about his debut film, Shroud. The supernatural Western wrapped in 2009, when the country was in the depths of a major recession. With his fil...