Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>
If you happened to head down to Lucky's Pub during the height of this year's World Cup action, you probably noticed the district around BBVA Compass Stadium, the several apartment blocks in the area and Warehouse Live has become one of those thriving urban pockets that so-called "livable city" advoc ... More >>
The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.
Burt Wonderstone vanishes what Steve Carell's best at.
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
Public Image Ltd. Scout Bar November 2, 2012 Not many shows remind you that sound has actual, physical mass, but Public Image Ltd. sure did Friday. Mass, as in something tangible and discernible, with density and volume. Especially volume. But don't count out density. Yes, I'm talking about some ... More >>
It's no secret that chart success is no real guarantor of musical quality. Hell, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" went number one way back in 1952, pissing kids off so badly that they had to invent rock 'n roll. Twenty-five years ago this week, however, Billboard reached a new low when m ... More >>
Memories, light the corners of my mind. I heard that Arch West, the inventor of Doritos, had passed away at the full age of 97, from my shower radio, while I was getting ready for work. It was the perfect place to survey all the delicious damage that West's work has done on my body these past ... More >>
Hail to the king...of the box office.Box office analysts were a bit puzzled by the haul taken in by The Lion King 3D last weekend. The 1994 film was given the three-dimensional treatment and released to the tune of almost $30 million, beating both Contagion and fellow openers Drive ($11 milli ... More >>
Today, Google's logo looked like the image above and became a heated topic on Twitter. The logo -- referred to as a "doodle" -- had people wondering why anyone should celebrate the birthday of a dead guy and just who the hell Gregor Mendel was in the first place. In fact, Google regularly ... More >>
Give it or I'll punch you in the jugularWhen you are in a battle for your life, you often resort to scratching and clawing, screaming and yelling. When you are in a fight for a plasma television on Black Friday, well, you'll probably do the same thing. Welcome to Black Friday, America's cele ... More >>
It's Kind of a Funny Story imagines the mental ward as a hipster's paradise.
Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect us, whether it was a declared war or not. This is a sacrifice w ... More >>
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Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)
A legendary debate teacher has a lesson plan to knock off Congressman John Culberson
A subdued thriller considers the ominous power of storytelling
It takes a true Scotsman to get to the bottom of this whole Franz Ferdinand thing
Sarah Silverman speaks the unspeakable. And funny? Oh, hell, yes.
Like Big Fish for little kids, Robots works hard to please everyone
Why the biggest deal at Sundance was no big deal at all
Comedian-actor Bellamy may be the greatest performer he's ever seen
Spielberg and Hanks spawn a daring new genre: the post-9/11 comedy
Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded a good harvest
From our innermost insecurities to the wildest flights of fantasy, 2002 stimulated both heart and head
Kevin Klean squeaks by in the moralistic Emperor's Club
Adam Sandler is deliberately disturbing in Punch-Drunk Love
Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, his rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar, a pending lawsuit and a bunch of other stuff
A kinky Kidman can't save this sophomoric stinker about a Russian bride
French director Francis Veber serves a little straight white whine with his wacky gay farce
Kubrick seems to guide Spielberg's hand in the ponderous A.I.
She's finally been invited to the Oscar party, but what will she do after the ball?
Actor-comic Eddie Izzard just wants to be loved
The U.K.'s Travis is big in Europe really
The late Sir Alec Guinness was a powerhouse long before Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Tao of Steve follows the emotional transformation of a geeky lothario
Vincent D'Onofrio may be the best actor of his generation, but who would notice?
Houston's Megaplex Theaters are building up for the ultimate battle-Overbuilding, in fact
LL Cool J rocks microphone, silver screen
An artful director brings flair to the Alien franchise
Hercules fritters away its strengths
Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet may be complete, but something's still a little rotten
The Cable Guy reveals Jim Carrey's dark side -- but not enough of it
1996 Summer Guide
Barry Levinson takes a loopy look at the realities of Tinsel Town