Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (NR) Spike Lee’s remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 blaxploitation film Ganja & Hess stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as a scientist who develops an insatiable thirst for blood after being stabbed b...


Street Smarts

Not too long ago, JLD was homeless. Now he’s playing a sanctioned SXSW gig.
Jimmy Fowler
When you ask 32-year-old Justin Derington to cite some of his biggest musical influences, he’ll rattle off names like Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Wonder. Those artists have inspired generations of musicians, of course,...

Song of the Sea

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING Song of the Sea (PG) Nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this Irish film by Tomm Moore (The Book of Kells) is about a selkie (voiced by Lucy O’Connell) who determines to return her fellow fairy creature...

Still Alice

Losing My Mind

Julianne Moore deserves an Oscar but not for Still Alice.
Kristian Lin
Julianne Moore looks like a mortal lock to pick up an Oscar next week for her performance in Still Alice, an honor that she should have won years ago. I yield to no one in my admiration for this actress, yet I find myself curio...

The Kingsman

My Deadly Valentine

A British spy thriller gets down with its bad self in Kingsman.
Kristian Lin
I see it now. There are two Matthew Vaughns. In one corner, we have Good Boy Matthew Vaughn, the British director who brought icy control and a flair for action to Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class. In the other, we have Bad Bo...

Trai Bo

Try Trái Bo

On Friday, The Grotto (517 University Dr., 817-882-9331) will host one of the coolest shows all year anywhere. It’s co-headlined by Cleanup, the math-rocking Fort Worth trio that we’ve been praising for eons, and Megafauna,...


Killer or Filler?

Nerdcore rap, sweet and juicy pop, and some heartbreaking Americana are just a little of what’s coming at you from the great 817.
Fort Worth Weekly
Doug Funnie’s Homecoming Right down to his moniker, Doug Funnie is big into the ’90s. In his lyrics, the Mid-Cities rapper references everything from The Mighty Ducks to Doctor Robotnik. Elsewhere, his beats are drenched in...

Dog Days

Dark Days

Fort Worth Opera prepares for its festival by discussing its most harrowing production yet.
Edward Brown
Dog Days isn’t your typical opera. No unrequited love, no redemption, no slapstick humor, and the main character doesn’t sing a single line. But this new work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek wasn’t...


Beautiful Boy

One-third of the screen yields three times the emotion in the Quebecois drama Mommy.
Kristian Lin
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to someone. Xavier Dolan started out as a child actor in his native Canada, and at 25 his career in front of the camera is still going. However, he has become known to the world as a...

Duke of Burgundy

Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Duke of Burgundy (NR) Like Fifty Shades of Grey, but a lot more lesbic. This drama by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as a lepidopterist who engages in an S&M sexual relation...