Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Like the veal panache, the flavors are bold and the fare heavy at Alba’s. Tony Robles

Alba’s, Simply

Forget sleekness and fusion. Quaint and traditional are where it’s at.
JIMMY FOWLER
With so many restaurants striving to be sleek and contemporary in their ambience and food, Alba’s Italian Restaurant stands out for its willingness to be quaint and kitschy. This family-owned establishment off Loop 820 in far...


"A Place at the Table" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: A Place at the Table (PG) Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s documentary examines the problem of American schoolchildren who don’t have enough food. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Bitter Buddha (NR) Steven Feinart...



Ed Harris and William Fichtner prepare to shove off in "Phantom."

Phantom: Cold Sub

This underwater thriller takes a different viewpoint and not much else.
KRISTIAN LIN
In the narrow field of movies set on Soviet submarines, Phantom comes a distant second to The Hunt for Red October and struggles to outpace K-19: The Widowmaker. This film is based on a real-life incident in 1968 that, as a tit...


Ryan’s has a smoked salmon sammy and house salad — and a cup of Joe — wih your name on it. Or, at least, their name. Lee Chastain

Gourmet Grocer

The Near Southside — finally — gets a deli, the scrumptious Ryan’s.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Siblings Brittany and Hunter Ryan grew up on the West Side, and both graduated from New York’s French Culinary Institute. They’ve spent time as chefs in other restaurants –– Hunter has worked at Eddie V’s Prime Seafoo...



Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert cast a look at the road out of town in Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Creatures: Good Witch of the South

A popular teen novel becomes this uneven, funny movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I wasn’t overly impressed when I read Beautiful Creatures, the popular young-adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So I was delighted to find myself thoroughly enjoying the movie version, or at least the first half o...


Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel star in "Safe Haven".

Safe Haven: Harboring a Fugitive

More of the same from Nicholas Sparks, with a weak lead performance.
KRISTIAN LIN
We’ve established pretty well that I’m not a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ novels or the movies made from them. The latest such weeper, Safe Haven, did not change my mind, but it did give me a tiny crumb of insight as to why th...



Chow baby

Coffee with the Codger

CHOW, BABY
Here’s a sad fact: Chow, Baby is getting older. The signs are there: I’m always in bed before 10 p.m., I avoid crowded places, and I enjoy watching Andy Griffith solve mysteries. But the biggest change in my advancing years...


Rooney Mara tries to keep it together at a ritzy party with Channing Tatum in Side Effects.

Side Effects: Magic Pill

Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller defies your early diagnosis.
KRISTIAN LIN
Warning: This review gives away a major plot twist in the film. Do not read after the spoiler alert if you wish to be surprised.   An early front-runner for the best movie of 2013, Side Effects is a bit of a throwback. It ...



“A high-quality mess”: Orchid City’s Downtown Burger. Lee Chastain

Viet-La.

Craving Asian-Cajun fare? Orchid City’s got you covered.
JIMMY FOWLER
The concept of an “Asian-Cajun” fusion restaurant may sound unusual to some people, but it really shouldn’t: Louisiana has a huge population of Asian-American citizens, especially from southeast countries like Vietnam. Bu...


Nicholas Hoult ponders his place in Darwinian theory in Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies: My Heart Skips a Beat

This zombie comedy has a lot of talent, but it’s the wrong kind.
KRISTIAN LIN
The field is unexpectedly crowded when it comes to zombie movies that are funny. If Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies falls short of the magnificent standard set by Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombi...