Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Ha Jung-woo looks for a way out of "The Tunnel."

The Tunnel: Beneath the Surface

A man is trapped underground, and South Korea responds poorly.
Kristian Lin
Two years ago, a ferry called the MV Sewol capsized off the southwestern tip of South Korea, leaving more than 300 people (most of them schoolchildren) dead and greatly damaging the South Korean people’s faith in their govern...


The Me-Thinks’ “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf”

Steve Steward
The Me-Thinks “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf” (Indian Casino Records) If you ask me, the whole notion of “songwriter” as a type of music is meaningless. Even the person who wrote the lyrics to “Louie Louie” is technical...

Bass Hall’s production of The Sound of Music was quite a ride.

Favorite Things

Nobody puts Mother Abbess in a corner.
The triumph of the human spirit sounds uninspiring after having been sung by the same characters with the same voices for over half a century. To conductor Jay Alger’s credit, The Sound of Music that echoed through Bass Hall ...

HG Sply Co.’s chicken legs are perfectly crisped. Photo by Steve Steward.


HG Sply Co. serves a fresh, fast, upscale take on man’s prehistoric diet.
Steve Steward
If you’ve never heard of the “paleo diet,” or your dashboard is so covered with Whataburger wrappers that any kind of “diet” sounds like a joke in need of a punchline, “paleo” is a cooking and eating routine that ...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Ben-Hur (PG-13) Not the 1959 Oscar-winning epic, but another adaptation of Lew Wallace’s novel about a prince (Jack Huston) seeking revenge for his enslavement during the time of Christ. Also with Toby Kebbell, Rodrig...


Big Red Ants’ Last Year’s Big Fall

Madelyn Edwards
Big Red Ants Last Year’s Big Fall Big Red Ants’ debut album, Last Year’s Big Fall, is a 10-song collection of catchy alt-rock tunes. Occasionally, the musicians rely a little too much on lyrical clichés. But then again, ...

Ben Foster and Chris Pine contemplate the land they’re prepared to kill for in Hell or High Water.

Hell or High Water: Texas Hold-Up

Set in West Texas, a hellacious thriller of the recession.
Kristian Lin
The big economic recession that hit eight years ago has inspired its share of films like 99 Homes and The Big Short, but even the lightest of these have been burdened by a certain amount of preachiness and moral outrage. The co...

Paper cranes lift a boy hero into the sky in "Kubo and the Two Strings."

Kubo and the Two Strings: Paperboy

This animated film from Laika Entertainment is a magnificent paper tiger.
Kristian Lin
I must confess I’m less enamored with Kubo and the Two Strings than most other people seem to be. This stop-motion animated film is from Laika Entertainment, which is on some kind of tear after making The Boxtrolls, ParaNorma...

The Thai Boat Noodle Soup is one of the many traditional offerings you won’t find at a westernized Thai eatery. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Utterly Charming

This new Haltom City Thai eatery’s devotion to tradition and excellent service stand out.
Thai Charm Cuisine sits in a Haltom City strip mall that is home to a group of ethnic restaurants. Over the last two decades, many different Vietnamese, boba tea, and Thai joints (and a now-defunct Asian supermarket) have made ...

Hell or High Water

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Hell or High Water (R) Ben Foster and Chris Pine star in this thriller as two brothers who launch a desperate criminal scheme to save their family farm in Texas. Also with Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon, Taylor Sheridan, Krist...