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The Mexican
Restaurant Review

The Mexican Is Not Interested in Good Mexican Food

The Mexican in the Design District is a conventional, style-first Dallas steakhouse masquerading as fine dining from south of the border.
Cry Wolf Chef Ross
Restaurant Review

Cry Wolf Welcomes You to the New Old East Dallas

After On the Lamb came and went too quickly in 2016, chef Ross Demers is back with an exciting concept that fits right in.
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Publications

David Dillon’s ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’ Still Resonates Today

A new anthology of David Dillon’s architectural criticism brings us lessons from the past and present. Plus, a book from a literary agent-turned author.
By Tim Rogers
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Why Peter Jackson’s New WWI Documentary Is Such a Vital Cinematic Document

It's a monumental achievement in film preservation and a powerful tribute to the courage and camaraderie of those along the front lines during the Great War.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Gone Fishing: McConaughey Does McConaughey Things in Loopy Thriller Serenity

Despite some committed work from everyone's favorite Texas Longhorn fan, this saga of betrayal, revenge, PTSD, and deep-sea fishing struggles to stay afloat.
By Todd Jorgenson

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B

Coogan and Reilly Turn Stan and Ollie Into a Playfully Nostalgic Salute

Benefiting from a pair of superb performances, the film functions best as an affectionate tribute to the legendary comedy duo.
By Todd Jorgenson
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C

Pardon My French: Why The Upside Is a Real Downer

This remake takes some crowd-pleasing source material and waters it down into a shallow redemption saga that feels more manipulative than life-affirming.
By Todd Jorgenson
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B+

Bale Shoots and Scores as Dick Cheney in Political Satire Vice

Director Adam McKay's audacity doesn’t always pay off, but it effectively preaches to the choir in its proudly unflattering portrayal of George W. Bush’s vice president.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Roberts Makes a Powerful Plea for Holiday Healing in Ben Is Back

This uneven yet heartfelt glimpse into the psychology of teenage drug addiction benefits from strong performances and a worthwhile message of parental love.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Why You Can Still Love Mary Poppins But Not Mary Poppins Returns

Despite plenty of nostalgic charm, with such bland songs and formulaic storytelling, this breezy follow-up seems driven more by commercial than creative means.
By Todd Jorgenson