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Life-Ain't-Hard

Luke McGlathery

Life Ain’t Hard (Self-released)
Jasun Lee
Luke McGlathery has been a musical pillar around Fort Worth for the past few years. Whether it’s with his former bluegrass outfit Big City Folk, hosting weekly open-mic nights at Lola’s Saloon, or grabbing his violin and ho...


"They Will Have to Kill Us First"

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening They Will Have to Kill Us First (NR) Johanna Schwartz’ documentary about musicians in Mali who continue to make music despite Boko Haram’s mission to kill all musicians. (Opens Friday in Dallas) God’s Not Dead 2 (...



Alan Rickman makes his last screen appearance in Eye in the Sky.

Drone Wars

You feel the tragedy of Eye in the Sky in your head, not your heart.
Kristian Lin
Now that drones have become part of the way we fight war, for good or ill, they’ve started to be incorporated into war movies from Good Kill to Body of Lies. The trouble is that the same thing that makes drones attractive to ...


Tom Hiddleston portrays a country music legend in "I Saw the Light."

Drifting Cowboy

I Saw the Light: Hank Williams will never get out of this biopic alive.
Kristian Lin
>I Saw the Light opens with a bold statement of intent: Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), perched on a stool on an otherwise bare stage, sings “Cold, Cold Heart” with minimal accompaniment. The tall, slender British actor ...



Though nearly 50 years old, the choreography in Stevenson’s Cinderella still holds up. Photo by Ellen Appel.

Texas Ballet Theater’s Sweet Feet

Impressive dancing brought Texas Ballet Theater’s Cinderella to life again.
Leonard Eureka
Of all fairy tales, Cinderella is probably the most familiar. It has been recounted in books, plays, movies, TV shows, operas, and ballets. Each generation seems to embrace the story: A gentle young woman goes to live with a se...


The grilled ahi sandwich was developed to pair perfectly with beer. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Afternoon Glory

This Near Southside gastropub’s small menu is big on creative, gourmet flavor.
Lauren Phillips
On a sunny spring day, when a brisk, southerly breeze is pushing pillowy white clouds across the Texas sky, even the most conscientious cubicle dweller is apt to feel a rebellious animus stirring in his or her nethers. Fantasie...



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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13) Zack Snyder (300) directs this blockbuster as Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) tries to clamp down on the excesses of Superman (Henry Cavill). Also with Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, ...


Clutching a lamp pulled from the trash, Sally Field makes her way home in Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Doris’ Day

Sally Field is too strong for Hello, My Name Is Doris.
Kristian Lin
Amid the increasing awareness of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, a small number of low-budget filmmakers have caught onto the fact that they can get major talent for their movie at a reasonable price if they’re willing to bui...



Brigid Brannagh searches the darkness outside her Moldovan house in "They're Watching."

Tiny Nation House

They’re Watching: A home-repair show turns to witchcraft.
Kristian Lin
Here’s a 94-minute found-footage horror movie that would have worked better as an 8-minute found-footage Funny or Die comedy sketch. They’re Watching, which opens this Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills, blunders off the bat by ...


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Chocolate Therapy

Chow, Baby
There was something deeply cathartic about watching my server prepare the Chocolate Destruction ($9) at Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House Inn and Spa (506 N. Center St., Arl., 817-861-2129). The concoction arrived at the tabl...