Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx ride the wild South in Django Unchained.

Django Unchained: I’m No Slave 4 U

Southern slaveowners are killed wholesale in Tarantino’s rip-snorting Western.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg put out Lincoln, a movie about the evils of slavery. Predictably, he took a serious, high-minded approach to the issue. This Christmas, Quentin Tarantino also has released a movie on slavery, and ju...


Bamboo does more than pho and spring rolls, including this turmeric-marinated catfish with traditional fixins. Chase Martinez

Spring Roll Mecca

Bamboo Pho offers 15 variations on the Vietnamese staple — and more.
JIMMY FOWLER
Here’s the bad news about Bamboo Pho & Spring Rolls, the Vietnamese eatery just north of I-20 in Arlington: The service was spotty on a recent Saturday afternoon. The place seemed understaffed for a moderately sized weeke...



The 12th in Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is interesting but could have been richer.

Black Dawn Fades

Fort Worth author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series draugs on.
ALEX TYLER
At a time when vampires have become their own little entertainment industry, paranormal creators have to work hard to distinguish their work from all of the ripoffs of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries already out t...


Rust and Bones opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Rust and Bone (R) Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Craig Davidson’s short stories into this French-language romance between a Belgian MMA fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard)...



Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd face the middle of their lives in This Is 40.

Spawn of Knocked Up

Judd Apatow’s fingerprints are all over this week’s comedies.
KRISTIAN LIN
On the one hand, Judd Apatow may just be the defining comic genius of our generation. As a producer, he has discovered and nurtured so many talented actors, writers, and directors that his influence is to be found in places as ...


As the Cheese Fries Surprise indicates, Rodeo Goat is less a bar and more of a gourmet comfort-food gem. Willex Tindell

Get To The Goat

Best burger? Rodeo Goat’s got a claim.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Rodeo Goat features 59 beers in bottles or on tap. So Rodeo Goat’s a bar, right? Well, the new West 7th Street venture also specializes in burgers — the menu lists 14 — and a handful of appetizers and desserts. And three ...



Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in Any Day Now opening Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Any Day Now (R) Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in this drama as a 1970s gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned Down syndrome-afflicted teen (Isaac Leyva) living with them. Also with Frances Fisher...


Chow

Pork Ribs Smoking o’er an Enclosed Fire

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby recently broke a proud tradition of avoiding malls during the holidays. Until last week, it had been five years since I’d set foot in one. And after 30 seconds in Ridgmar Mall, I remembered why. In those moments, I...



Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Hyde Park: FDR & HRH

This tepid comedy longs for a bygone, less intrusive time.
KRISTIAN LIN
Unadventurous and ultimately forgettable, Hyde Park on Hudson played at the Lone Star Film Festival last month to an appreciative reception, and it begins a regular theatrical run in North Texas this weekend. Based on a stage p...


Martin Freeman leads a company of dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit Forming

Looks are the only thing going for this epic, but just look at it!
KRISTIAN LIN
You’ve seen the giant JumboTron at Cowboys Stadium, right? Well, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is like having that JumboTron installed in your local movie theater. And projecting in 3D, on top of that. As you may...