Central Intelligence Agency

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Houston's Creepiest Unsolved Murder Mysteries

    There's nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned murder mystery, and when it comes to creepy cold cases, Houston has plenty of 'em to choose from. From the notorious I-45 "Killing Fields" to the grisly, gut-churning "Ice Box Murders," the Bayou City has been home to some seriously disturbing, and ... More >>

  • Film

    August 28, 2014
  • Film

    January 16, 2014

    Kenneth Branagh Makes the Dumb Spy Thriller Soar in Jack Ryan

    Director brings gramdeur and a new kind of Ryan to the screen.

  • Film

    February 21, 2013

    Old Habits Die Hard

    Breaking new ground in incoherence and stupidity.

  • Film

    January 10, 2013

    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.

  • News

    November 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Gen. Petraeus: A Possible Glimpse at the Spymaster's iPod

    Nuge the Stooge knows what CIA director needed. Enough already about Gen. David Petraeus and his private harem ... err, his embedded biographer with the flashy wardrobe and bad vision. Petraeus is a patriot, a winner of wars, a brilliant strategerizer, a man dedicated to little beyond his own caree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Some Real World Techie Advice for Petraeus, His Wife, His Mistress and Cheaters in General

    I'm no Dear Abby (she's shorter than me), but reading the sordid details of the David Petraeus affair and how the whole thing blew up in his face causing him to resign from the CIA helped to confirm the fact that way too many people do not understand technology and need some help. Oh, sure, my first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Buzzfest XXVIII Coming April 21: Korn, Blue October, MuteMath, Cage The Elephant & More

    "Which button do I push to make R's go backwards?" ​Yes, we are now on the twenty-eighth Buzzfest in Houston history, with the all-day show on April 21 boasting a lineup that includes Korn, The Dirty Heads, Blue October, Evans Blue, Evanescence and Cage The Elephant, plus undercards Foxy Shaza ... More >>

  • Film

    February 9, 2012

    Protect the Abs at All Cost

    Ryan Reynolds's bod is the asset in men-on-the-run thriller Safe House.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Person of Interest: Reese Is "Super," Thanks for Asking

    After several weeks' hiatus, I fired up the DVR last night to something of a nasty surprise: the new Rob Schneider vehicle Rob, the forward-thinking sitcom about a white man making jokes about his Mexican in-laws, is the new lead-in for PoI. CBS apparently hopes proximity will allow some of the rati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou can even pose outside a mockup of Air Force One with a Secret Service dummy at the TAFR cookoff.​Last year, the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Wild Game Cookoff at Sam Houston Race Park was by far the best barbecue cookoff I attended all year. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Like the Obamas Wanted to Go to Your Stupid Royal Wedding Anyway

    The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receive​Despite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>

  • Film

    June 24, 2010

    Knight in Verbal Armor

    Tom Cruise, please stop talking.

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2010

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico Feast

    If only all hit men were this good looking

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Christopher Farnsworth: Blood Oath

    So the president of the United States has a vampire for a bodyguard - damn, D.C. must be rougher than we thought

  • Film

    March 11, 2010

    Mission Finally Accomplished

    American hero Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie Green Zone confirm the big lie, Hollywood-style.

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    Alex Berenson: The Midnight House

    Readers get another exciting thriller from the author of The Silent Man

  • News

    September 17, 2009

    Spy Story

    Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.

  • News

    August 6, 2009

    A Darker Look at Che's Revolution

    After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Daylight Coma

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Growing up, we were big fa ... More >>

  • Film

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Good Morning, Houston -- You're A Target

    It's near-freezing, there's a huge accident causing traffic nightmares, half the workforce has called in gay  (and half the others are coming in with hugely contagious flu symptoms just to show they're not gay), so who needs bad news?Houston, apparently.A Washington radio station has talked to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    HPD Cleared in Death of Alleged CIA Agent

    You might remember Roland Carnaby, the mysterious guy who was gunned down by HPD after a chase last April. Carnaby claimed to have been a CIA agent. The CIA has said he did not work for them, but there was enough haziness and plausibility that the Internet lit up with conspiracy theories. Today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Review: Legacy of Ashes, by Tim Weiner

    For decades now, the Central Intelligence Agency has reacted to most criticism by saying the agency’s successes are secret while their foul-ups are public. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner puts the lie to that assertion in Legacy of Ashes, a comprehensive, chronological study of the past ... More >>

  • Film

    December 20, 2007

    Charlie Wilson's War

    All aboard the '80s way-back machine for Mike Nichols's good time Charlie

  • Film

    October 18, 2007


    It's not torture, but this latest Mideast thriller's as conventional as they come. We're (water) bored. (Sorry.)

  • Film

    August 2, 2007

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Amnesiac-spy trilogy culminates in a thrilling Ultimatum

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Spy Stories

    Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    We Hear Rush Limbaugh Has Already Started Attacking the Jurors. No Joke.

    One count of obstruction, two counts of perjury and one count of lying to the FBI. So we were sitting around the office, trying to figure out a local angle for the breaking news that Scooter Libby has just been found guilty in the CIA leak trial. As a service to our readers, we wanted to let y' ... More >>

  • Film

    December 21, 2006

    Like Herding Sheep

    De Niro takes a loooong, sloooow look at the history of the CIA

  • News

    October 5, 2006


    Gary Webb's reporting on CIA ties to cocaine destroyed his life, too

  • Film

    December 8, 2005

    Blood for Oil

    The brilliant, confounding Syriana digs for a necessary truth

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Solitary Man

    Part ironic sophisticate, part sentimental movie composer, Randy Newman is an American original

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    She Spies

    Tom Stoppard's fractured view of East-West espionage comes to the Alley

  • News

    February 24, 2005

    No Fun Allowed

    Who hates parades? Councilman Mark Goldberg.

  • Culture

    November 4, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Culture

    October 21, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    The Breeders

    Pooches swarm Reliant Center

  • Film

    June 13, 2002

    Bourne Free

    Matt Damon plays an assassin searching for his Identity in a film that doesn't dumb you to death

  • Film

    June 6, 2002

    Worse Company

    The latest terrorist flick isn't just insensitive -- it's downright senseless

  • Film

    May 30, 2002

    Nuclear Waste

    It's up to Ben Affleck to save the world, and that's The Sum of All Fears

  • News

    May 27, 1999
  • Film

    January 1, 1998

    The Albanian Candidate

    Wag the Dog bares its teeth at the White House

  • Film

    October 17, 1996

    Blasts from the Past

    Geena Davis and Gene Hackman exhume some explosive histories

  • News

    August 3, 1995

    Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me - Kill Me?

    How a Montrose romance turned into memories of the CIA, things that go bump in the night ... and an eternal commitment.

  • News

    July 6, 1995
  • Film

    December 23, 1993

    Pretty Woman, Bad Movie

    Julia Roberts picked the wrong vehicle for her comeback

  • News

    December 2, 1993

    The Final Conspiracy

    Obsessed with a 30-year-old murder, JFK assassinologists go to court to silence one another

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