Posts Tagged ‘reviews’

Leave One Man Behind

The Martian is the Apollo 13 of our generation.
Kristian Lin
Of late, directors the caliber of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird have made science-fiction spectacles engineered to lift our spirits and turn our faces to the skies again but only wound up falling on their faces in Interstella...

Emily Blunt's job takes her to a dark place in "Sicario."

Blunt Force

Sinister and gritty, Sicario is a laudable thriller of the drug war.
Kristian Lin
Emily Blunt is on some kind of tear. We used to think of her as some proper English rose living among unthreatening romantic comedies, but that was before she turned herself into an action heroine in Edge of Tomorrow and proved...


Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening The Green Inferno (R) Eli Roth’s latest horror film is about a group of student activists who find themselves being stalked by a supernatural force in the South American rainforest. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, ...


New Local Music

Fort Worth Weekly
Davis Chapman’s Moving Boxes There’s plenty to like about Moving Boxes, the debut album by Fort Worth’s Davis Chapman. In the end, however, a fatal flaw derails the project. Chapman assembled a crack team of local side mu...

This California roll is one of the sushi entrées at Pan Asia Cuisine. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

Too Big a Pan?

Some gems can be found amid the plethora of choices at Pan Asia Cuisine.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none.” That’s always the danger with a restaurant that serves pan-Asian fare. So it is with Pan Asia Cuisine, an emporium that opened at a busy corner of Camp...

Cooties opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Cooties (R) Elijah Wood stars in this horror-comedy as a schoolteacher who must lead his fellow teachers to safety after a virus outbreak turns all the children in his community into monsters. Also with Rainn Wilson, Al...

Johnny Depp ponders his next criminal misdeed in Black Mass.


Whitey Bulger’s story gets drowned in self-importance in Black Mass.
Kristian Lin
On some level, I can’t help but feel sorry for Black Mass. This movie gives off every sign of wanting to be very serious and important: the large canvas, the 2-hour-plus running time, the A-list cast, the cinematography by Ma...

Dylan O'Brien is prepared to immolate himself in "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials."

Scorch Marks

The Maze Runner sequel emerges flavorless, as you might expect.
Kristian Lin
I must admit I was a bit bewildered when I heard that last year’s The Maze Runner was getting a sequel. The dystopian YA film was a fair-sized hit, but I struggled to remember anything that happened in it. I’ve seen better ...

Greta Gerwig makes a grand, sweeping Times Square entrance in Mistress America.

Babbling Brooke

Greta Gerwig has trouble finishing in the boho satire Mistress America.
Kristian Lin
The press can’t resist a narrative, especially when it resembles a bad romantic comedy. Noah Baumbach spent the late 2000s gaining a small but devoted following by making a trio of finely wrought, keenly insightful, deeply un...

Bloodsucking Bastards opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Bloodsucking Bastards (NR) Fran Kranz stars in this horror-comedy as an office drone who tries to save his friends when his co-workers start turning into vampires. This film by the comedy troupe Dr. God does well with t...