Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
Channing Tatum (second from right) and company are abs-olutely fabulous in Magic Mike XXL.

Go Bigger

Less than its predecessor, Magic Mike XXL still points toward the future.
Kristian Lin
Well, you figured Magic Mike would get a sequel. You figured it would be on a larger scale. You just didn’t figure it would have a prayer of working without Matthew McConaughey. Well, Dallas is gone, and Magic Mike XXL is not...

Hang on, it's yet another Terminator come to snuff out John and Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.

Terminate This

Skynet has gained a tendency to talk too much in this soul-sapping sequel.
Kristian Lin
To: Hollywood studio chiefs CC: James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger Subject: the Terminator movies   Just stop, OK? It’s simply not working. Terminator Genisys is the fifth film in the series, not counting the short-liv...


A Tragedy of Errors

New book Dateline Purgatory argues for Darlie Routier’s innocence.
Margaret Allyson
Darlie Routier. If you remember her at all, you’re probably seeing the same mental image that most of us have: a young, attractive blonde woman chewing gum and spraying Silly String onto the new graves of her little boys. She...

Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke prepare to face the cafeteria chaos in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Death by Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes a humorous approach to teen tragedy.
Kristian Lin
With the release of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it has become official: Teen weepers have become self-aware. Took them long enough, too. This movie and last summer’s The Fault in Our Stars are about teenagers dealing with...

Taylor Schilling sees her new friends up to some weird sexual practices in "The Overnight."

Four Play

The Overnight delivers a dose of uncomfortable sex humor.
Kristian Lin
I’ve seen a lot of comedies that take place during a suburban house party, but I’m pretty sure The Overnight is the first one that features its two male stars doing full-frontal nudity at once. This low-budget independent c...

Wendy Welch (dressed as the Wicked Queen) and Shannon J. McGrann (dressed as Snow White) bicker on their way to a costume party in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Snow White and the Half-Naked Man

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike gather for agreeable farce at Stage West.
Kristian Lin
Even during Anton Chekhov’s life, people were parodying his plays. They’re easily identifiable targets, with their Russian aristocrats sitting in drawing rooms with their ennui and commenting on the weather. Of course, the ...

The seared Asian tuna is fresh and bright at the Grille. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Cluttered Del Frisco’s Grille

This splendid downtown restaurant doesn’t need any glitter to shine.
Lauren Phillips
On a fine, warm day in June, it’s hard to imagine a more pleasant setting for a friendly business luncheon than the bright, breezy patio of Del Frisco’s Grille. Located on the east side of Sundance Square’s shiny newish p...

Christopher Dontrell Piper and Whitney Coulter prepare for work in Sunset Baby.

To Love Somebody

Jubilee Theatre’s Sunset Baby gets a lot but misses the tragedy.
Kristian Lin
Dominique Morisseau is from Detroit, and she wants to be to her hometown what August Wilson was to Pittsburgh — the theater world’s teller of tales of the great city. However, her most recent play, Sunset Baby, is set in Ne...

Rahim Quazi is saying more with less on his new album. Photo by Serkan Zanagar.

Rahim Quazi: New Ghosts

The singer-songwriter simplifies his music — and his life.
Edward Brown
Singer-songwriter Rahim Quazi has hit a sweet spot of sorts. Sure, he’s seen higher highs, like sharing equal billing with The Strokes at New York City’s Mercury Lounge and receiving props from ’N Sync frontman Chris Kirk...

Amanda served the apple empanadas for dessert at La Perla Negra.

Pearl of Downtown

La Perla Negra reinvents bar food for tequila and a healthier customer.
Kristian Lin
We all know what bar food is. Burgers, pizza, wings, and other heavy, greasy, salty fare to keep you from getting drunk too quickly on your mass-market beer. La Perla Negra has a different idea. The downtown Fort Worth establis...