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Bel Powley can’t wait to tell her bestie her secret in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Fifteen

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: “I had sex today. Holy shit!”
Kristian Lin
Theater actress Marielle Heller became obsessed when she read The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 2002 illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that drew heavily from the author’s own troubled adolescence. Heller took it upon herself...


Memories of the Sword
Starring Kim Go-eun, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon. Directed by Park Heung-sik. Written by Park Heung-sik and Choi Ah-reum. Not rated.

The Hong-yi Games

The acting is better than the swordplay in Memories of the Sword.
Kristian Lin
The same week that The Diary of a Teenage Girl expands to Tarrant County (see above review), another teen movie hits our theaters. It’s called Memories of the Sword, and even though it’s somewhat derivative, this attractive...



Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (PG) This animated film in different styles details the homecoming of an exiled prophet (voiced by Liam Neeson) who discusses philosophical matters on his journey. Additional voices by Salm...


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New Local Music

New albums from Tungsten Wake, Mountain Kid, and two leading local classical giants lead this week’s hit parade.
Steve Steward, Kristian Lin, Edward Brown
Tungsten Wake’s Tungsten Wake As I plunged my brain ears-first into the crystal-clear heavy alt-rock world shimmering inside Tungsten Wake’s six-song eponymous debut, it occurred to me that it’s not often you hear funk ba...



Horseshoe Hill’s menu features some of Chef Grady Spears’ greatest hits. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Climbing Horseshoe Hill

Chef Grady Spears goes back to his delicious roots.
JOSIE VILLA-SINGLETON
Apart from a couple of spots, the Stockyards isn’t known as a dining destination. Most natives obligingly visit the historic area on the North Side to entertain curious out-of-town guests or do some boot scootin’ at Billy B...


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Lost in America

Jason Segel magically channels David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
Kristian Lin
You know Jason Segel as the adorable big cut-up from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets and especially TV’s How I Met Your Mother. In The End of the Tour, he is transformed significantly into the haunted, brilliant pos...



The date cake alone is worth the trip to Citrus Bistro. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Citrus Bistro Has Some Appeal

This Colleyville bistro shows promise but lacks polish.
Lauren Phillips
DFW Restaurant Week is a great excuse to get off the beaten path and try some places that might not otherwise make it onto your radar. The annual event, presented by Central Market and benefitting the North Texas Food Bank and ...


Compton

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Straight Outta Compton (R) F. Gary Gray directs this biography detailing the rise and fall of controversial rap group N.W.A. in the mid-1980s. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr....



Emma Stone and her comic talent go largely to waste in Irrational Man.

Beyond Good and Evil

Woody Allen misuses Emma Stone again, this time in Irrational Man.
Kristian Lin
Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With Johansson in demand elsewhere, though, it’s no surprise that he has now...


Kurt

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (NR) Brett Morgen’s officially authorized made-for-TV biography of the Nirvana frontman. Also with Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Assassination (NR) Very confu...