A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film
Rodrigo Cortés's thriller Red Lights doesn't inspire faith.
Each Wednesday (or Thursday, if the guy that was supposed to be interviewed disappears like a gypsy), 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 awf ... More >>
In spite of Idol Beat's absence last week (I was undergoing treatment for nose hemorrhoids), Fox's karaoke juggernaut steamrollered on, topping the ratings once again for Wednesday and Thursday night. Last week's casualty, MySpace's Karen Rodriguez, wasn't much of a surprise. I mean, the bili ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dee Wreck Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself (Self-released, 2010) We weren't planning on runnin ... More >>
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I stumbled over to the Texans website the other day, and after looking through things for a bit, I guess that I should buy my Super Bowl tickets because, if you listen to Texans employee Marc Vandermeer, this is an outstanding team at every position on the field. I especially like how he calls the s ... More >>
Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak
The movie squanders potential greatness with lame humor and a half-baked hero
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
At 52, Bruce Willis resurrects a die-hard character
M. Night Shyamalan steps up the lunacy with Lady in the Water
A grieving woman spirals off the rails and takes us with her
Christian Bale chases phantoms and loses sleep in Brad Anderson's latest
Neil LaBute's new movie turns the tables on which is the crueler sex
Gore Verbinski and Naomi Watts throw their hats into The Ring
Mel Gibson has a close encounter with God -- or just a mean E.T.
Downbeat Angel never soars into the rarefied air that it so desperately desires
The Coens take Homer on a Southern-fried odyssey in O Brother
How the twist ending left M. Night Shyamalan twisting in the breeze
Bruce Willis discovers his better self in M. Night Shyamalan's heroic comic book
Stuart Little's thick sugar coating is fine for kids. All others, beware.
Ghostly Echoes add up to a posthypnotic thriller
Too many mysteries muddle what tries to be a feel-good horror movie
In Wide Awake, a crisis of faith is kid stuff