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Nha Trang’s Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio was on point. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Vietnamese 101

Nha Trang is a welcome addition to West Magnolia Avenue’s restaurant row.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
There was a time when you’d have to drive out to the suburbs to get good Vietnamese food, but that’s thankfully no longer the case. Enough of us have warmed up to the (admittedly tamed) flavors of Southeast Asia that a rest...


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Film Shorts

Fort Worth Weekly
OPENING The Duel (R) Liam Hemsworth stars in this Western as a Texas Ranger investigating a series of unexplained deaths in a small town. Also with Woody Harrelson, Alice Braga, Emory Cohen, William Sadler, Christopher Berry, a...



Elle Fanning’s not dead, merely posing for a photo shoot in The Neon Demon.

The Neon Demon: Fashion Victims

Women beware women in this gory horror film.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard that Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon caused boos and walkouts at Cannes. Sometimes it seems like every movie does that, but this one was so controversial that The Daily Mail called for it to be banned in...


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The Phenom: Mental Games

Like its hero, this baseball drama loses its control.
Kristian Lin
You’ve seen Johnny Simmons around. The almost unbearably cute 29-year-old Dallas product has distinguished himself in Hollywood as the doomed boyfriend in Jennifer’s Body, the worshipful roadie in Scott Pilgrim vs. the Worl...



The beef on the alambres was exceptionally tender. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Viva Jalisco!

You’ll find authentic Mexican food in this quirky restaurant on the edge of the North Side.
LAURIE JAMES
The motto of the Mexican state of Jalisco translates to “Jalisco is Mexico.” Among other things, Jalisco claims that mariachis, the sombrero, and tequila all originated in the west coast Mexican state. It’s no surprise th...


Curtis Raymond Shideler, Bob Hess, Ben Phillips, and Jerry Downey hammer out artistic differences in Circle Theatre’s Don’t Talk to the Actors.

I’ve Been Played

Real talent is wasted on fake wit in Circle Theatre’s backstage comedy Don’t Talk to the Actors.
Kristian Lin
Oh, goody. Another play satirizing the world of the theatuh and the pretensions of the brilliant egomaniacs and thin-skinned artisans who inhabit it. If you’re going to tread this well-worn ground, you’d better bring someth...



Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (NR) Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s documentary profiles three teenagers who spent eight years in the 1980s making a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark...


Dory finds help from an octopus who can travel on land in Finding Dory.

Blue Tang Clan

Pixar’s sequel Finding Dory is good even if it’s watered down.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard rumors about a human lesbian couple turning up in Pixar’s Finding Dory. I was prepared to ignore the issue, but it suddenly seems much less silly now. Two women briefly appear who could possibly be interpreted...



Colin Firth and Jude Law toil over a big novel in "Genius."

Cry Wolfe

A stone, a leaf, an unfound drama exist in the literary biopic Genius.
Kristian Lin
Genius is a movie about Thomas Wolfe. I don’t mean the 1960s journalist who coined the term “radical chic.” That writer became known as Tom to avoid confusion with the Thomas Wolfe who wrote novels in the 1930s and was, i...


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A New Brew

Chow, Baby
Is there another place in town like Brewed? Sure, you could probably get some food, a pint of beer, a glass of wine, and a specialty coffee drink at any old café. But the hip Near Southside eatery/drinkery seems to take all of...