Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.
You may have seen The Town, a Ben Affleck-directed movie about a crew of armored-car robbers from Charlestown, a Boston-area neighborhood known for producing armored-car robbers. Houston, it seems, has become the new Charlestown. As the New York Times reports, the Houston metropolitan area has seen ... More >>
It's that ever-fascinating time again: the interstitial period between two eras of Batmen. As Christian Bale takes his leave and we welcome Ben Affleck to the cowl, it's a strange time for the Dark Knight. We've seen the way Bale and director Christopher Nolan portrayed him so darkly, and it's tough ... More >>
In theaters, on demand or wherever.
Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.
With Argo, Ben Affleck asks us to love Hollywood again.
A glimpse of this year's most bracing films.
This week the Chinese community parties hard to celebrate its Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year is spread out over a 15-day period and the Houston version is jam packed with traditional merriment. Two thousand twelve marks the year of the Dragon, which is said to be one of the most fortunate yea ... More >>
Hopefully will not include "NAPA Know-How" ads.In the second part of my ongoing series "Sean phones it in on the Hair Balls blog during his vacation week," here are six picks I really like for the upcoming week of huge (and not so huge) bowl games. Have I mentioned that I'm 56-38-1 this year ... More >>
Everything you've heard about Midtown cocktail bar Double Cross Lounge no longer applies.
Kyle Busch: Qualified to break traffic speeding laws.If you're going to travel at more than 80 miles an hour over the limit, you should probably be a professional speedster and not a celebrity with run-of-the-mill driving know-how. On Tuesday, Kyle Busch, a championship-winning NASCAR driver ... More >>
Stevie Ryan has finally shown Gothtopia the way. We had no idea we could use our darksome image to impose our will on the populace at large. Our proof? Her music video for "Goth Blocked." It's nice to know that the goth community has this kind of power, but like any new tyrannical regime, we ... More >>
The Company Men takes pity on the emasculated executive.
In what was undoubtedly momentous news to the hundreds of music fans out there who haven't already a) copied their CDs of Rubber Soul and Revolver onto their hard drives, or b) illegally downloaded their entire collection, Apple made the entire Beatles catalog available on iTunes yesterday. ... More >>
Ben Affleck as a conflicted bank robber
When the going gets tough....France is in an uproar over their soccer team, which has not only sucked to an incredible degree in the World Cup but which has also gone on strike -- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD CUP -- because their feelings were hurt.Why did they strike? One of the players criticized ... More >>
I can't wait to hear her English accent.It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>
If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>
Romeo, Romeo, shiver me timbers, Romeo
Journalistic nostalgia meets political intrigue in a brave new world.
With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>
Holiday season is in full swing, and soon our homes will be filled with family members we've been successfully avoiding for the last 11 months, many of whom will wear out their welcomes before their Members Only jacket hits the pile on the bed. We in the media may be secular humanists with no regard ... More >>
Catch the high school cult classic that features a young Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey
It may be shameful, but I use a portion of my brain to store such information as: Gwyneth Paltrow dated Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, is now married to Chris Martin, and has two children named Apple and Moses. She is a vegan living in London (or, as 501 Movie Stars puts it, “pursues a detoxified life ... More >>
Playing down-on-her-luck, Amy Ryan's star rises.
Even with the Mac kid at his side, John McClane is just...old
Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy
Glory Road relives the season when college hoops smashed the color barrier
Our critics weigh in on local theater
This highly entertaining play will get you thinking
Boring game play mars Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Young teens become superempowered in Sky High
Get your motor running at the Lone Star Biker Rally
The doors indeed will close on a respected program
For Kevin Smith, growing up means selling out
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
Friedkin tries -- and fails -- to make a French Connection with The Hunted
This comic book adaptation may be gritty, but Ben Affleck isn't
Daredevil is a grown-up adaptation, but still too two-dimensional
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
It's up to Ben Affleck to save the world, and that's The Sum of All Fears
Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing
John Frankenheimer influences a new generation of thrill seekers with Reindeer Games
Forces of Nature walks on the mild side of classics
200 Cigarettes provides pleasantries, if not substance
Smart Shakespeare In Love treads lightly into romantic comedy
Feeling is forgotten in hard-sell Armageddon
Going All the Way freshens an overworked decade
In the delightful Chasing Amy, there's more to sex than love