The Canyons is vital, messy, and alive with regret
The world of wrestling and the world of music have an awful lot in common. You've got you over-the-top characters, the lights, the spectacle, the flashy costumes and choreography. (See this, in fact.) Pretty much the only thing separating them are the injuries, and depending on the rock show not eve ... More >>
It isn't often (well, not often enough) that a movie comes along that combines two of my favorite things. In the case of Dark Tide -- debuting On Demand March 8 and on DVD March 30 -- those things would be great white sharks and Halle Berry in a bikini. Why yes, there is a synopsis: Kate (Halle Ber ... More >>
Smash, the newest hopeful for an NBC success, premiered last night, and the Peacock network may have a potential hit on their hands. The show attempts to capitalize on America's latest (returned) obsession with the musical genre and has brought in some heavy hitters to assist. That it's produced by ... More >>
After much soul searching and agonizing (and in no way an attempt to drum up publicity in advance of his new movie), George Lucas has decided to retire from big budget movies: George Lucas's cinematic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, opens in theaters on Friday, and it might be the last ... More >>
I know, we're all bummed out the Texans lost. But since you've been drinking anyway, you might as well crack open another one and sit through the one awards show even the People's Choice Awards can look down its nose at. I'll be updating this entry throughout the broadcast, so refresh often and try ... More >>
Consummate hostess: Dolley Madison.5. Dolley Madison. Forget about Martha Stewart. As First Lady, Madison took the role of hostess to a whole new level, earning accolades for her brilliant dress, witty conversation, and terrific dinner menus. And she had moxie as well domestic graces: She off ... More >>
Texas legislators are likely to agree to closing the century-old Central Unit prison in Sugar Land, mostly because it sits on land near the airport that can be developed. It's one of several Texas Department of Criminal Justice units in the area; a compound of four units is nearby in unincorporated ... More >>
Too much sci-fi, not enough SNL in Paul.
Most of my life has been spent seeking out a unifying theory of suckitude in the entertainment universe, "entertainment" in this sense meaning movies, music, and television. Originally, I'd hoped to find someone whose utter horribleness spanned the entire artistic firmament (including literat ... More >>
Precious pushes the limits of taste, but locates the heart — and hell — of its heroine's struggle.
The Informant! gets cute with massive corporate scandal and blows the story.
Photo courtesy Broadway Across AmericaThe longest running Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, a woman with more than 4,500 Phantom performances as the diva outdone by the young upstart Christine, is Kim Stengel who originally hails from Humble, Texas.Stengel will be returning home as part of the natio ... More >>
Soderbergh's two Che Guevara films in one four-hour sitting
Julian Schnabel sees only treacle in the story that inspired his Diving Bell
Judd Apatow explains himself.
Fantastical meets political in this stunning for-adults-only fairy tale
Clint Eastwood is not done yet
American Dreamz's nation of idiots lands a little close to home
Peter Jackson spares no expense for a Kong that's just too long
Quiet, quirky Morvern Callar chases her freedom
Why John Cusack wouldn't do anything till he made this Hitler movie
It's man vs. machinima when video games become, ahem, movies
The Band dances The Last Waltz, but can time heal old wounds?
Once more, a man calls upon the troops to save The Alamo, before it's gone forever
A needless love triangle deflates the tense sniper showdown in Gates
The creators of Chicken Run find a little soul in a lump of clay
Remember American Pie? This is the same Trip.
DVDs pull back the curtain on the movies, but do you really want to see the Wizard?
Ensemble's new artistic director doesn't view things in shades of black and white
When He Was King: The city that convicted Muhammad Ali now hosts a film about the boxing legend
Sleepy Hollow looks great, but it's less filling than Washington Irving
Gary Robert Williams's violent career began spectacularly 29 years ago. This is the story of how one determined U.S. marshal brought it to an end.
Post-slavery Beloved unleashes emotions
Everyman's Jim Carrey examines TV's omnipotence in The Truman Show
Edward Burns hasn't improved with practice
From Mexico to L.A. via Alaska and El Paso, Tito Larriva has seen it all -- and more
Air Force One nose-dives into an ocean of ennui
Men in Black thinks small and tries too hard
Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road ends up leading nowhere
Angels in America arrives buoyed by hype, but rises on its own power
If you can't find a world of friends, just make them
Bertolucci returns from the East with a handful of nothing