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So much effort has been put into decorating Pansayena that you will feel right at home. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

Pansayena’s Undiscovered Country

With all of this delicious Mex-Mex, you may wonder why this place isn’t packed every night.
Lauren Phillips
In a nondescript shopping strip, behind a generic glass storefront, wedged between a nail salon and a dry cleaners, sits Pansayena Mexican restaurant. It is so unassuming, so far off the beaten path, it seems almost like it is ...

Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...

Cobie Smulders lets Gail Bean feel her pregnant stomach in Unexpected.

Baby Baby

An Unexpected arrival shows promise before withering away.
Kristian Lin
Four years ago, Joe and Kris Swanberg had a baby. In response, they did what Swanbergs do: They made films about it. Joe’s arrived last year. In Happy Christmas, he and his real-life infant son appeared onscreen together, tho...

Jeremy Schwartz represents the hall-of-mirrors nature of Amphibian Stage Productions’ The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

Well Don

This ain’t Man of La Mancha. Amphibian does up Don Quixote proud.
Kristian Lin
Reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a strangely unsettling experience. It was written when the novel form was just being invented, which is perhaps why you don’t get the sense of a beautifully polished, structurally...

Based on our experience, Thai Terrace can improve by shortening its menu. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Room to Improve

Thai Terrace needs to up its game.
Lauren Phillips
There’s a little magic in the phrase “new Thai restaurant.” Your ears perk up. Your mouth begins to water. Your olfactory recall kicks into high gear. Fond memories of youthful excursions to the noodle shop at the edge of...

Go for the drinks. Stay for the classy comfort food. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Get Mash’d

Though specializing in moonshine, this new West 7th eatery also offers some culinary delights.
If the thought of a new gastropub in the West 7th Street corridor fills you with nothing more than a vague sense of fatigue, you are certainly not alone. You might be understandably suspicious of tired terms like “trendsettin...

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
Opening Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (NR) Sebastian Dehnhardt’s documentary tracks the early career of the Dallas Mavericks superstar. Also with Holger Geschwindner, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle, Michael Fi...

Amy Winehouse in her troubled glory days in Amy.

The Jazz Singer

Amy Winehouse gets a respectful, revealing documentary.
Kristian Lin
I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I was at a listening booth in a Borders Books & Music — remember those? I’m fuzzy on what made me listen to this CD called Back to Black, but I do recall what impression ...

This thing stalks our heroes through the halls of their high school in "The Gallows."

Hang It

Found-footage horror is played out, but The Gallows still distinguishes itself.
Kristian Lin
Sixteen years later, we’re still living in the shadow of The Blair Witch Project. That found-footage horror film was revolutionary in its day, but somewhat inevitably, its techniques have reached into other genres and become ...

The Trinity River Tap House serves (clockwise from top left) a chicken Acapulco wrap, Baja fish tacos, baked rigatoni with blackened shrimp, and a mac dog. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Wing It

That’s our advice on the bar food at Trinity River Tap House.
Kristian Lin
A few weeks ago I wrote about traditional notions of what bar food is. Well, Trinity River Tap House fits the familiar mold much better. That’s not likely, given that the place serves more than 50 types of craft beer. Where t...