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Located inside the world-renowned MFAH, the Brown auditorium shows single screenings of films with high artistic merit. Foreign offerings are common, as are more obscure domestic productions. This is far from a traditional theater - no popcorn smell - but it might be one of the most enlightening movie experiences in town. Check the online calendar to see what's coming up.


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    In conjunction with its “Houghton Hall” exhibition, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents the film series Drama in the House, showcasing some other stately English dowager...
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    As the exclusive Houston venue for the 50th anniversary of the film A Hard Day’s Night, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, should be Beatlemania through and through. The film has been...
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    The Jazz on Film series continues with Sixties Jazz Films by Dick Fontaine, a trio of short films made between 1966 and 1968 by documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine. He captures interview and...
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    With the latest Jazz on Film series, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents three weekends of boppin’ documentaries, concerts, animated flicks and feature films, some rarely seen...
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    Before Hollywood producer Joseph E. Levine went highbrow with Two Women (which won Sophia Loren a Best Actress Oscar in 1962), The Graduate (which won Mike Nichols his Best Director award in...
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    Catch the Hitchcock Silents and watch young filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock transform himself from a newbie into the peerless movie master we all know and love. The series includes four rare...
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    Prepare to have your heart broken at least once during the ninth annual Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America. Actually, we should say at least twice. Or more. The nine films that make...
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    Now in its eighth season, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston film series Movies Houstonians Love is partnering with poet/author Nick Flynn and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) for today’s...
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    How well do we really know the people we love? That’s the question at the center of director Ziad Doueiri’s 2012 film The Attack. Screening here as part of the Museum of Fine...
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    Jem Cohen's 2012 feature film Museum Hours focuses on the burgeoning relationship between Johann, a guard at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, and Anne, an American denizen of the...
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    Critic Roger Ebert called Facets Multi-Media one of Chicago's greatest film treasures. The group has been creating quality film programs for kids since 1975 and organizing the Chicago...
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    If you're unfamiliar with the only feature film written by the one and only Dr. Seuss, you're forgiven. He was never a fan of how The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T turned out and even omitted it...
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    Pegged "a playful supernatural fever dream" by The New York Times, the 2012 Night Across the Street (La noche de enfrente) is Chilean director Raul Ruiz's last film and a fitting finale...
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    First time director Laura Archibald crystallizes the Golden Era between 1961 and 1973 when musicians, poets, artists and other creative malcontents gave voice and melody to one of the most...
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    Very few women have contributed to fashion the way Diana Vreeland did during her tenure at Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. She launched...
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    The title character in the magnificently crafted film noir classic Laura is a beautiful, highly sought-after socialite played by Gene Tierney, who's been murdered. (In a very indelicate...
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    Director Nicole Ballivian introduces today's screening of her film Driving to Zigzigland. The 2006 comedy was the darling of the festival circuit and is presented here by the Houston...
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    Cinema makes up an important part of the 2013 French Cultures Festival, including today's Le Grand Amour, part of the Five Funny French Films series. Pierre Étaix's 1969 comedy...
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    Back in 1944, when Robert Siodmak shot Cobra Woman, there weren't any CGI wizards. All he had were sarongs and Maria Montez — and by God, that's all he needed! Montez made dozens of...
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    The documentary shorts nominated for the Academy Awards this year wrestle with hardship and mortality. Linked by their shared interest in struggles to survive, the docs are being screened as...
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    The Annual Iranian Film Festival, now in its 20th year, brings some of the best in recent Middle Eastern cinema to Houston for a two-week stint. Till Schauder's The Iran Job screens on...
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    Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece The Birds is based on a short story by Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier. The 1963 horror classic follows socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) and lawyer...
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    There's no war film more claustrophobically terrifying than Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot (1981). Seen from the German side, these guys, hardly the exemplars of the master race, are buried...
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    What David Lynch did on film and H.P. Lovecraft did with prose, Gregory Crewdson does with photographs. Showing the hidden surreal side of small-town America, his works require massive sets,...
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    Astros rookie General Manager Jeff Luhnow gets his turn at bat in the continuing film series Movies Houstonians Love at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And, surprise, he's picked a...
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    In The Well-Digger's Daughter, his 2011 remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 rustic romancer, French superstar actor Daniel Auteuil turns director. Playwright, filmmaker and novelist, Pagnol is...
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    He began his career as a poet; some people would say that legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci never stopped being one. His work, spanning 1962 to 2003, is the focus of The...
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    Director Marcel Carné and scriptwriter Jacques Prévert, whose previous collaborations were the classics Port of Shadows and Daybreak, outdid themselves — and most of...
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    Mélanie Laurent has a face that was made for the screen. Her wistful eyes, sharpened cheekbones and glowing ivory pallor were designed to emote the struggles of a tormented French...
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    Filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to make a film about the storm’s devastation of the city. He told that story by chronicling...
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    It isn’t the camera work or direction that make Josef Astor’s documentary Lost Bohemia a wonderful film, it’s the subject matter. For more than 100 years, New York...
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    Director Natalia Almada takes a fascinating look at contemporary Mexican culture with her documentary The Night Watchman, which screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and is making its...
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    The fourth annual Aurora POPCORN Kids Boot Camp World Premiere film festival includes a variety of shorts that were written, rehearsed, filmed and edited by kids ages nine to 17, students at...
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    Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis was a sassy Southern belle in Steel Magnolias, a far cry from the elderly, cantankerous lesbian she plays in Cloudburst, the opening film for QFest: The 16th...
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    Introduce your kids to some of the most significant works of children’s cinema at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Reel Kids film series. This week’s screening is Looney...
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    Seminal German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went mad in 1899, remaining bedridden and speechless until his death in 1900. The exact cause of his breakdown continues to be a mystery, but...
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    Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, Rocky (Dick Powell) finds himself suddenly set free after five years when a stranger comes forward with an alibi. The alibi is a lie, of course,...
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    The films coming out of the Middle East today are impressive. That’s readily apparent in the 2012 Palestine Film Festival. With multiple screenings over the next two weekends, the...
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    When he was still filming his documentary Stick ’Em Up, someone asked director Alex “Pr!mo” Luster where he’d like to screen the film when it was finished. The Museum...
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    Antonio is an unimportant little man living a boring, uneventful life. Until he meets another man who, like him, is Gordo, calvo y bajito (fat, bald and short). Unlike Antonio, this other...
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    Miss Bala stars Stephanie Sigman and Noe Hernandez; Gerardo Naranjo directs. There are no good guys in Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, just bad guys in varying shades of...
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    The tagline to Houston filmmaker Mike Akel’s latest feature, An Ordinary Family, is “A week of vacation. A lifetime to unpack.” Of course, we’re talking about baggage...
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    This year’s crop of Five Funny French Films runs the gamut from charming to satirical, and beyond. There’s sweet and lighthearted Les émotifs anonymes (Romantics...
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    Meet the filmmaker who captured one of the 20th century’s greatest artists at today’s screening of David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. Documentarian Bruno Wollheim filmed Hockney...
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    The true story of a little girl and her yellow balloon on the New York City subway is the basis for just one of the films that make up today’s Kid Flix Mix 2011. Screening as part of...
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    Apartheid had many enemies. One of them was Lionel Rogosin. Determined to bring the oppression of South African Apartheid to light, Rogosin set out to film a musical in 1959. Well, actually,...
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    It’s easy to describe Stefan Daily, the lead character in the teen comedy blacktino: He’s a biracial computer nerd. Being raised by his black grandmother in Austin and attending...
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    The late, famed Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz refused to be pigeonholed. His work — whether in film, TV or theater — could be experimental and goofy, or staid and melodramatic,...
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    If there’s a theme to the 2011 Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary (Short Subject), it’s one of resilience. In The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom by Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen,...
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    A British expedition goes to Egypt in search of a scroll only to end up unleashing the evil mummy Prince Imhotep. When most people hear this plot they are reminded of the big-budget 1998...
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    Think of Sophie’s Choice in Mandarin. Oh, and with everyone involved surviving. Now you have some idea of the basis for Tangshan dadizhen (Aftershock). The epic film, made in 2010 by...
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    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, is known for his implacable intolerance, so chances are he hasn’t seen any of the features in the Iranian Film Festival. (If he had, we’re...
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    In the 1930s, Czechoslovakian films were a glorious lot — delirious, adroitly made and sumptuously filmed on location. One such dazzler is the 1934 comedy masterpiece Hej-Rup!...
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    According to the Houston Film Critics Society, not even an ounce of high-quality bud could make one enjoy the James Franco/Natalie Portman medieval stoner fantasy Your Highness, which it...
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    Don’t be confused by the name 2011 British Arrows — it’s just the new moniker for the British Television Advertising Awards. The hilarity and amazing images are still the...
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    Like many ideas that are actually executed, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston didn't exactly anticipate the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) having the legs that it...
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    Be among the first to see Gainsbourg: Vie héroïque (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life) during a weekend premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Comic book artist Joann Sfar makes...
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    The late Eric Rohmer was a busy man. In addition to being the co-founder of French New Wave cinema (he directed more than 50 films), he was a celebrated novelist and critic. Two of his best...
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    The weekend series MFAH Film Spotlight on World Cinema: Taiwan offers us three contemporary Asian films. First up is Juliets (Zhu li ye), a film in three parts by three directors. One...
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    Nancy Henderek has a great gig: The artistic director of Dance Salad Festival, which is now in its 17th year, she travels the globe in search of the most innovative companies and, each year,...
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    Thomas Jerome Seabrook’s incredible David Bowie biography, Bowie in Berlin, begins its gripping look at one of the most productive and brilliant periods in the legendary artist’s...
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    If we can only get four films with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Spotlight on World Cinema: Korea, we're glad they're these four. Korean film directors have helped to reinvigorate the...
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    What would Halloween be without a few ghost stories? Two of the best will be part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Ghostly Apparitions film screenings. First up is Kuroneko (Yabu...
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    The Manhattan Short Film Festival does more than just screen films; it gives viewers the chance to be part of a worldwide jury. Ten finalists will be screened at each festival site on six...
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    It was August, 1944, just two short months after the Germans had been forced out of Rome during World War II, that Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and Sergio Amidei started working on a...
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    Filmmaker John Turturro described his 2010 documentary Passione, set in Naples, as “a musical adventure that comes directly out of the people and the volcanic land they inhabit.”...
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    With big-budget circuses like Cirque du Soleil ruling the market, it would seem that small family circuses like the Ponce family’s Gran Circo Mexico don’t have a chance of...
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    French filmmaker and journalist Celine Danhier emulated the artists of the New York No Wave movement — supposedly the genesis for today’s indy film genre — during the making...

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