Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler enjoy a moment to themselves at a South African resort in Blended.

Blended and Extended

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy actually doesn’t suck.
KRISTIAN LIN
Something about Drew Barrymore seems to smooth out Adam Sandler’s abrasive edges and bring out his sweetness without making him cloying. After The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, the two actors have teamed up once again, a...


All of the seafood was cooked well and tasted great at R.J. Gator’s. Lee Chastain

Floribbean Queen

Stick with the surf options at R.J. Gator’s.
LAURIE JAMES
At one point, R.J. Gator’s was a flourishing Florida-based chain with locations in several states. The concept: “Floribbean” cuisine –– Jamaican lite with Caribbean and Cajun accents plus Tex-Mex. The chain went bankr...



Chef opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Chef (R) Jon Favreau stars in his own comedy as a Miami restaurant chef who tries to restart his career after feuding with his bosses and a well-known critic. Also with John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, S...


Seen through a bus window, the renowned Japanese monster visits the Golden Gate Bridge in Godzilla.

My Beloved Monster

Godzilla rampages again in a flawed but terrifying remake.
KRISTIAN LIN
Let me calm things down a bit. The early reviews of Godzilla led me to expect something fantastic, and this movie isn’t that. It barely seems to have a script. Yet watching it, I felt something like the awe and horror that th...



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...