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 >>
Director brings gramdeur and a new kind of Ryan to the screen.
Breaking new ground in incoherence and stupidity.
The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
Ryan Reynolds's bod is the asset in men-on-the-run thriller Safe House.
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 >>
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 >>
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite 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 >>
Tom Cruise, please stop talking.
If only all hit men were this good looking
So the president of the United States has a vampire for a bodyguard - damn, D.C. must be rougher than we thought
American hero Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie Green Zone confirm the big lie, Hollywood-style.
Readers get another exciting thriller from the author of The Silent Man
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.
After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.
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 email@example.com. Growing up, we were big fa ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
All aboard the '80s way-back machine for Mike Nichols's good time Charlie
It's not torture, but this latest Mideast thriller's as conventional as they come. We're (water) bored. (Sorry.)
Amnesiac-spy trilogy culminates in a thrilling Ultimatum
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
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 >>
De Niro takes a loooong, sloooow look at the history of the CIA
Gary Webb's reporting on CIA ties to cocaine destroyed his life, too
The brilliant, confounding Syriana digs for a necessary truth
Part ironic sophisticate, part sentimental movie composer, Randy Newman is an American original
Tom Stoppard's fractured view of East-West espionage comes to the Alley
Who hates parades? Councilman Mark Goldberg.
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Pooches swarm Reliant Center
Matt Damon plays an assassin searching for his Identity in a film that doesn't dumb you to death
The latest terrorist flick isn't just insensitive -- it's downright senseless
It's up to Ben Affleck to save the world, and that's The Sum of All Fears
Wag the Dog bares its teeth at the White House
Geena Davis and Gene Hackman exhume some explosive histories
How a Montrose romance turned into memories of the CIA, things that go bump in the night ... and an eternal commitment.
Julia Roberts picked the wrong vehicle for her comeback
Obsessed with a 30-year-old murder, JFK assassinologists go to court to silence one another