Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
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Everything Is Permitted

CHOW, BABY
Warning: Reading this column might trigger serious envy in those with shellfish allergies. Have an EpiPen handy. Chow, Baby is like the William S. Burroughs of mollusks. I’m an insatiable junkie with a penchant for depravity ...


Oscar Isaac squires a housecat around Manhattan while looking for work in Inside Llewyn Davis.

All Folked Up

In the well-crafted but sour Inside Llewyn Davis, even the music is overrated.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I ran my list of 2013’s best movies a couple of weeks ago, I left off one film that was on many other people’s lists, Inside Llewyn Davis. I had  reservations about the Coen brothers’ latest film, but I also found s...



Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Margo Martindale consult their family history in August: Osage County.

Letts Do It

An award-winning play becomes a nice actors’ vehicle in August: Osage County.
KRISTIAN LIN
I need to say this right off the bat: I haven’t seen Tracy Letts’ play August: Osage County on stage. I’ve heard that the play, which won every major prize available to it in 2007, boasts a level of story and character de...


Igneous Grimm delves deep into country-tinged psychedelia for inspiration.

Killer or Filler?

Sometimes psychedelic rock, party rap, and imagined soundtrack music sneak by us.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Some people think we should cover more than Fort Worth. Ha! Yeah, right. There are, like, a million bands here. And half of them are good. We’d have to hire 12 more writers to do any justice to this scene alone, and, well, we...



The food comes out fast and furious — and delicious — at Velvet Taco. Lee Chastain

Velvet Taco: Sumptuous

Don’t let its Dallas pedigree turn you off. There’s some delectable eats inside.
STEVE STEWARD
There are probably two reasons you don’t want to eat at Velvet Taco: You’re still sore about its replacing The Gold Standard. And Velvet Taco comes from Dallas. Honestly, both are kind of silly, but if harboring those grudg...


August: Osage County opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: August: Osage County (R) Meryl Streep stars in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed play as a dying Oklahoma matriarch who gathers her family together after the suicide of her husband (Sam Shepard). Also with Ju...



Joaquin Phoenix and Samantha (in smartphone, left) enjoy lunch outdoors in Her.

Uh Huh Her

Samantha has achieved self-awareness in Spike Jonze’s treasure of a romance.
KRISTIAN LIN
Spike Jonze has always been brilliant, but lately he’s become something more. You can see it in the tenderness that pervades both his previous film Where the Wild Things Are and his current film Her, which wasn’t there in h...


Mark Wahlberg tries to make it out of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor.

SEALs on the Ground

Lone Survivor shows Peter Berg in need of a new act.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m trying to figure out whether Peter Berg is a formerly promising filmmaker who has turned into a hack, or if that early promise was all in my head. I dismissed his critical and commercial flop from last year, Battleship, a...



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Flight Plans

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby is into trying new things, both at restaurants and in this column space. With that in mind, I present the first ever “choose your own adventure” column. Just follow the directions and move me like a chess piece i...


Good eats await at The BBQ Ranch. Lee Chastain

Back at the Ranch

In a campground setting, this spacious eatery serves up some mighty ’cue and more.
EDWARD BROWN
While some barbecue joints use décor to create a downhome feel, The BBQ Ranch does it with location. Sitting on five quiet acres just outside Loop 820 in northwest Fort Worth, the Ranch has a campground feel, with loose gravel...