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Bel Powley in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

The Best Lead Performances of 2015

Kristian Lin
Time now for the best headlining star turns I saw this year. I’m glad to report that the gender-equity pendulum swung back in 2015 — after the men dominated the leading roles last year, this year it was the women’s turn. ...


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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2015

Kristian Lin
This is my annual post about the year’s best movie dialogue, and 2015 brought so much good writing that I couldn’t find room for such well-scripted movies as Spotlight, The Hateful Eight, 45 Years, The Martian, Queen of Ear...



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Outside Voice

Take your mom to the harrowing prison movie Room.
Kristian Lin
Brie Larson has been around. You probably saw her as Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck or as the token girl in the movie version of 21 Jump Street. Fine as her performances in those comedies are, they don’t hint at the ext...


Upward to The Cellar

Last Call
One night, probably two or three years ago, I was leaning into the railing around The Moon’s porch, about four whiskeys deep into a soapbox speech about what kind of bar I’d run if I ever had the capital to open one, when I...



Skin I Live In: Hide and Sick

Pedro Almodóvar rediscovers his twisted side. Cool!
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, here’s one of the more messed-up things I’ve seen in a while, and I mean that mostly in a good way. Much of the chatter about The Skin I Live In has been about Pedro Almodóvar’s reunion with Antonio Banderas, his hab...


Sweet Salvation

Chow, Baby
When the original Chow, Baby (a.k.a. Christy Goldfinch) recommended a restaurant for me to review, I jumped on the idea and also invited her to come along.  (At first I wasn’t sure if we were allowed in the same room tog...



No Overtime for Bikinis

Last Call
Here’s the thing: I love dive bars and all, but every so often, one’ll give me a case of the willies strong enough to make me turn tail and head for some place presumably safer. I like to call it my stabby sense, and the ot...


Water: Lighter than Booze?

Last Call
My parents live about 90 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area, and so their summer weather experience is slightly different than that of folks around here. I say “slightly” because Lodi still gets hot as balls. The main...



T&P Tavern Delivers

Last Call
The last time I went drinking at the T&P Tavern downtown in the historic T&P Railway Station was a little more than a year ago. While the bar was cool, so was the night air –– the tavern sat in an open-air lobby, pr...


Texas Ballet Theater Digs In

TBT has a new headquarters but still no live music.
LEONARD EUREKA
It’s taken a while, but Texas Ballet Theater finally has quarters that allow it to rehearse in the same size space as the Bass Performance Hall stage, TBT’s main performing venue. The benefits were seen in season-opening pe...