Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman go at each other with curved blades in a restaurant kitchen in The Raid 2.

Power Raid

This sequel to the Indonesian martial-arts gem is even bigger and badder.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed The Raid: Redemption two years ago, I asked, “When was the last time you saw a badass Indonesian film?” Many people chose that martial-arts film as their maiden experience, and so we have the sequel The Raid...


Plop into a stadium-style seat and loosen your belt at TJ’s. Lee Chastain

TJ’s Sizzles

The deep-fryers see a lot of action at this established Arlington sports bar.
EDWARD BROWN
There’s no denying that TJ’s Catfish and Wings is a sports bar. Nearly every inch of available space is covered in photos of famous players and team logos from all over the country, and there’s a TV — or three — where...



Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) Chris Evans stars in his superhero’s latest adventure, as he further adjusts to the modern world and battles an old Soviet nemesis (Sebastian Stan). Also with Scarlett Joha...


Texas Ballet Theater dived into modern territory recently with spectacular results.

Voices, Arms Raised

Modern choreography finds Texas Ballet Theater in fine form.
LEONARD EUREKA
For a small regional company with a modest budget, Texas Ballet Theater rarely ceases to amaze, producing performances that are grand and memorable. Since artistic director Ben Stevenson took over 10 years ago, bringing with hi...



MUSIC

Killer or Filler?

“Boutique pop,” non-bling gangsta rap, pop-punk ­— the Fort’s got it all.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Now’s as good a time as any to take stock of the quality releases to come from Fort Worth (sometimes with Dallas’ or Denton’s help) over the past couple of weeks alone: The Orbans’ Vedere, The Fibs’ Hex Hex Hex, a rec...


Russell Crowe plays Noah as a B.C. eco-terrorist.

Noah: Biblical Match Maker

There’s a lot to like, especially the creative license, in Darren Aronofsky’s epic.
STEVE STEWARD
Has Darren Aronofsky long held a desire to make a Lord of the Rings movie? Because Noah bears a lot of stylistic similarities to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of fantasy adaptations. For one thing, Noah’s world mirrors the one fr...



Film22

Blazing a Trail

Actor Jasmin Jandreau goes from Hurst to Europe in a few short years.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jasmin Jandreau was born in Los Angeles, but, she said, she’s definitely a “Texas girl.” Indeed, the actor grew up in Richardson and graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. She made it back to L.A., but in the last...


The pies come straight from Cane Rosso’s 900-degree brick oven. Brian Hutson

Cane Rosso: Simple, Traditional

Nobody’s doing pizza like this new eatery, but is it worth it?
LAURIE JAMES
How do you define what makes a good pizza? Do you like yours Chicago-style, deep enough to fill a cast-iron skillet? Thin and floppy? Drenched in sauce or dripping with cheese? At Cane Rosso’s third location, its first in For...



Cesar Chavez opens Friday

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cesar Chavez (PG-13) Diego Luna makes his directing debut with this biography starring Michael Peña as the civil rights activist and labor leader. Also with Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Jacob Vargas, Gabriel Mann,...


Shailene Woodley is welcomed into her new faction in Divergent.

Born This Way

The latest YA sci-fi best seller is a hit movie, but is it good?
KRISTIAN LIN
I think the ideal time to see Divergent is when you’re a teenager. This dystopian science-fiction saga based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel is all about teens sorting themselves out. Literally, the future society the...