Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon are decked out in their 18th-century finery in Belle.

Belle of the Ball

If Jane Austen had written a black heroine, she’d look something like this.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’re like many people, 12 Years a Slave was the first film you saw by a black British director. Maybe you wondered whether there were any more in the pipeline. Your answer comes in the form of Belle, a movie written and ...


Like all of T.P.R.’s burgers, the jalapeño burger arrives on a Hawaiian roll. Vishal Malhotra

T.P.R. Burger Rules

Though small, this newish joint offers a vast selection of burgers, including one topped with two grilled hot dogs.
EDWARD BROWN
At what point does a burger become, well, something else? Texas Patty Road Burger, or just T.P.R. Burger, offers a vast selection of creative takes on Texas’ favorite no-forks-needed food that often share little more in commo...



Devil's Knot opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Devil’s Knot (NR) Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in Atom Egoyan’s drama about a trial of three teenagers accused of murdering children. Also with Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Elias Koteas, Step...


Chow

Sic Transit Gloria Foodie

CHOW, BABY
For the last week or so, Chow Baby has been moping around like Eeyore with serious first-world problems. That’s the phrase that Chow, Niece taught me when I was moaning about how cruel it was that Siri, the tiny sedate-soundi...



Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne find their shrubbery carved into a rude shape by the frat next door in Neighbors.

The Boys Next Door

Is Neighbors the greatest frat comedy ever? Maybe.
KRISTIAN LIN
I come to sing the praises of Nicholas Stoller. The director of the uproariously funny Neighbors isn’t famous like the movie’s stars, and he doesn’t receive much credit on his own because he’s part of Judd Apatow’s st...


Dorothy and Toto eye the rainbow that will take them back in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

New Friends of Dorothy

Don’t surrender your money to Legends of Oz.
KRISTIAN LIN
The first film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz appeared all the way back in 1910. Ever since then, movies have been trying to revive or build on the fantasy world evoked in L. Frank Baum’s novels. The trouble is, this i...



The presentation is as beautiful as the flavors at Spice. Brian Hutson

Thai One On, Magnolia

Spice does enough things well but could use a little more of its namesake substance.
LAURIE JAMES
The Thanpaisarnsamut family’s three restaurants (Thailicious, Thai Select, Thai Rice ’n’ Noodle) are usually on the short list for best Thai food in Fort Worth Weekly’s annual Best Of Fort Worth issue. The restaurants s...


Locke opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Locke (R) Tom Hardy stars in this drama as a man whose life comes apart during an 85-minute drive to London. Voices by Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland, and Alice Lowe. (Opens Friday i...



Mother of mercy, is this the end of Gwen Stacy? Emma Stone hangs by a thread in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Turning Point

The Spider-Man sequel’s team is better suited for a romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed the reboot of Spider-Man two years ago, I said that while I couldn’t find anything terribly wrong with it, I couldn’t find anything great about it either. The good news is, I found much more to like in the s...


The jerk chicken is delicious and only mildly spicy at Stay C’s. Lee Chastain

Stay C’s: Irie Time

This newish Arlington eatery serves up a traditional Jamaican experience.
EDWARD BROWN
It’s a shame Caribbean cuisine is such a rarity here. Jamaican dishes offer an array of flavors as complex as the cultures that have influenced the island nation. Fortunately, the recently opened Stay C’s Jamaican Cuisine &...