Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Ryan Gosling prepares to rob a bank on his motorcycle in The Place Beyond the Pines.

Beyond the Pines: Fathers and Sons

Generations marked by crime and justice concern this big, flawed drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
I hate to agree with the consensus, but sometimes there’s just nowhere else to go. Three years ago, Derek Cianfrance made a magnificent filmmaking debut with Blue Valentine, his study of a marriage’s beginning and ending. H...


Chadwick Boseman receives his numbered Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in "42."

42: Mister Robinson

A sports hero gets a much blander biopic than he deserves.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jackie Robinson’s story was already made into a rather amateurish movie in 1950, with the Dodgers’ infielder and civil rights pioneer portraying himself. It needed a new treatment, an epic canvas befitting a chapter of base...



You’ll be tempted to wolf down Lizzano’s Chicken Jerusalem, but take your time. Tony Robles

Lizzano’s: A Family Fave

Skip the Olive Garden next time you’re looking for filling, casual Italian fare.
STEVE STEWARD
Most people have their favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, whether it’s a roadside barbecue shack, a gas-station taqueria, or the family-owned Italian dining room in the strip mall down the block. Sometimes these places kno...


"The Place Beyond the Pines" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: The Place Beyond the Pines (R) This drama written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) stars Ryan Gosling as a bank robber on a collision course with an ambitious young police officer (Bradley Cooper). Als...



CB

Knocking on the Red Door

CHOW, BABY
As a youngster, Chow, Baby roamed the wilds of the Cityview area with a Lewis-and-Clark-like ardor, watching that part of town grow from an ill-advised development in the middle of a flood plain to a beacon for lame chain resta...


Stephen Dorff stars as a reluctant hitman in David Jacobson’s thriller.

Florence Nightingale

Heavy themes weigh down the portentous road trip thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone.
KRISTIAN LIN
Lacking much in the way of star power, Tomorrow You’re Gone might well be a mystery to audiences when it opens this Friday in Grapevine. I wish I could say that the low-budget entry balances thrills and gravitas well enough t...



G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) The sequel to the 2010 action movie has the remnants of the commando force being hunted by their own government after the president (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped and replaced by a master o...


Maritza Santiago Hernandez braids Abbie Cornish's hair in "The Girl."

Watch the Woman, Not The Girl

This border drama boasts a better lead performance than it merits.
KRISTIAN LIN
Abbie Cornish is from Australia, and yet something about her makes filmmakers think of Texas. The blonde, apple-cheeked beauty already played a small-town Texas girl in Stop-Loss, and now she returns to the Lone Star State in T...



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-...