• News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Film

    October 10, 2013

    Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks Goes Where Few Actors Have Dared

    Hanks proves why moviegoers and directors love him.

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season

    Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.

  • Film

    January 31, 2013

    Oscar's Feast of Appetizers

    Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.

  • Culture

    January 10, 2013


    Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    True Blood: K'naan and the New Testament

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Case For Internet Piracy

    Well, not always.​What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    David Axe, War Reporter, Thinks That "War Is Boring"

    WarIsBoring.comDavid Axe, avatar.​David Axe, a 32-year-old freelance journalist who's garnered recognition for his Danger Room blog in Wired, started reporting on wars seven years ago. At first, he expected to be overcome by a steady stream of patriotic and adrenaline-fueled fervor. But after ... 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

    August 12, 2010

    Twilight of the Bods

    Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of ­brutality in The Expendables.

  • Culture

    February 4, 2010
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    October 23, 2009

    Flashforward: It Didn't Suck This Week!

    ​Lesbians kissing! Asians with rocket launchers! KARAOKE SHOOTOUTS! In one week, FlashForward went from boring to bananas, unleashing a torrent of pulpy action and crazy plot twists that played like Alias on sleep deprivation. The show made minor headway with the mystery in Somalia that will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    FlashForward: Who Cares?

    If FlashForward gets just a little cheesier, it'll qualify as full-on camp. It takes itself very seriously without having the engaging story to back up its self-obsession, and the fleeting attempts at characterization via humor come off as lame and lifeless. Short version: Lame, son. This week's " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Flashforward, Episode 3

    If nothing else, at least there's eye candy...​Oh, FlashForward. If you were a person, you would be the really eager dyslexic kid who wants to make daddy proud but just can't make the homework make sense. And just like that situation, there's a way to fix the problem and make everything work, ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009


    Texan Larry Plake went out to one offshore oil job too many and ended up held for ransom in the Nigerian jungle.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    The Pirate Attack: More Details From The Inside

    We told you last night about the exclusive inside report from our sister paper the Village Voice on how the crew reacted to the attack by Somali pirates.After the jump, the full text of the e-mail:

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    To The Shores Of Tripoli: Five Pirate Movies

    We're not saying the Somali pirates are bad at their job, exactly; just that it doesn't take a lot of skill to take over ships when you're the only guys with guns. They showed the extent of their foresight most recently by hijacking some American ships, thus rousing the sniper-y might of the United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Stuff The Ballot Box For A Local Author! Maybe Even Read His Book!

    A local author is making a concerted run at the big time, and he's looking for help.John Oehler has written a book called Papyrus, a thriller that deals with modern and ancient Egypt in what seems like a not-exactly-un-Da Vinci Code way. But hey, if you're looking to be a best-selling author, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal for the Rehabilitation of Galveston

    We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Inside Africa: Three Hidden Wars

    Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Somali Refugee Locked Up For No Good Reason In Texas

    Abdi Ahmed was cruising through South Texas one evening in his truck just a few hours before sunset when he slowed at a border patrol checkpoint about three miles west of the town of Bruni. Ahmed had no reason to worry. Granted, he was not born in the States, but he was legal; the U.S. government ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008
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    February 29, 2008

    Languages in Houston: Espanol y mas mas mas

    OK, according to Language Line Services, when people call for interpreting help in Houston, the No. 1 foreign language requested is Spanish. No surprise there. But Vietnamese has jumped to the No. 2 spot ( No. 5 in the country) and some of the others may surprise you as well. Arabic comes in 4th in ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008
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    January 12, 2006
  • Film

    February 28, 2002

    Solid Soldiers

    Vietnam's first battle delivers a real dread of war so lacking in Black Hawk Down

  • Film

    January 17, 2002

    Hell and Back

    Scott's Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real-life warriors

  • Culture

    January 17, 2002

    Devil's Advocate

    Audiences love Jerry Bruckheimer. Critics don't. Like he cares.

  • News

    October 8, 1998