Tom Hanks

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    June 26, 2014

    They Came Together Punts the Romantic Comedy out the Window

    America's sweethearts hilariously trash the rom-com.

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    June 5, 2014
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    April 25, 2014

    5 Best Reality-Show Inspired Cookbooks

    Reality television. You don't love it. You don't hate it. You either love to hate it or hate to love it. And, sometimes, it makes you want to cook. Many reality TV personalities have created their own signature food and beverages and some show even have entire theme cookbooks. (I know, hard to beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    BATTLE-DRINK, SUPER BOWL: Manning, Sherman, and Weed! OH MY!

    Well, it finally happened! After a week's worth of exhaustively discussing the Seahawks depth on defense, Peyton Manning's wobbly spirals, and Marshawn Lynch's reluctance to use his words, we finally got a nice, juicy hooker story to spice up Super Bowl week! Granted, no NFL players were involved ... More >>

  • Film

    December 12, 2013

    Walt’s Revenge

    Saving Mr. Banks mansplains, Disney-style.

  • Film

    October 10, 2013

    Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks Goes Where Few Actors Have Dared

    Hanks proves why moviegoers and directors love him.

  • Culture

    February 14, 2013

    Throw Back

    Catch Me If You Can has loads of action, but the story's a little thin.

  • Film

    January 19, 2012

    Some Nouns, Some Verbs and 9/11

    Bald eagles will weep for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Pop Rocks: And Now, Your Worst Movies of 2011

    As 2011 draws to a close, the natural tendency is to reflect on events of the past 12 months. Did we accomplish everything we'd hoped? Did we end the year in a better place than we started? Did that terrifying rash all over our genitalia clear up on its own, or should we finally see a doctor? For ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Worst Movies of 2011

    As 2011 draws to a close, the natural tendency is to reflect on events of the past 12 months. Did we accomplish everything we'd hoped? Did we end the year in a better place than we started? Did that terrifying rash all over our genitalia clear up on its own, or should we finally see a doctor? For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Five Best Talk-Show Guests, Ranked

    The new Tom Hanks movie Larry Crowne was a bland bomb, but that's okay: He did publicity for it, and that means showing up on (just about any and all) talk shows as a guest. What makes a good talk-show guest? Someone who understands the dynamic -- you're not having anything close to a real conversa ... More >>

  • Film

    July 7, 2011

    White Man's Lament

    It's hard out there for an employed, middle-class, white-collar male in Horrible Bosses.

  • Film

    June 30, 2011

    Middle of the Road

    Tom Hanks ages into mid-life obsolescence in the middling Larry Crowne.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Non-Transformers Robot Movies We'd Like to See

    ​I have nothing against robots, per se. Some of the greatest antagonists in sci-fi have been fearsome automatons like those found in Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series, or the Terminator, or the...Battle Android Troopers (B.A.T.s) from G.I. Joe. I guess. And although robot offerings in recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Oscar Night 2011: The Live Blog!

    ​We are only less than three hours out from bringing you live-blogging coverage, right here, of this year's Academy Awards, and we are more than excited to take you through the night for every win, loss, awful dress, awesome dress, foible, and foul-up Hollywood throws our way.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Taking place on Monday will be the long-awaited Chefs Under Fire competition, in which five area chefs compete for a spot in the state-wide Chefs Under Fire Finals to be held in Austin on October 25. So far, the chefs from Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Austin-San Antonio region have already been c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    For Inception: Bad Dream Sequences In Good Movies

    Inception is getting good reviews as a dream-based thriller, but there are plenty of examples of perfectly good movies or shows being ruined, or at least temporarily harmed, by dream sequences.Among them:1. The Sopranos with that damn Kevin Finnerty Tony gets shot and then the wheels come off. We g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Why You Should Be Watching The Good Guys

    ​We're in the doldrums, people. Nothing but baseball until August, craptastic "blockbuster" movies for the next two months...hell, even the World Cup is a bore now unless you're lucky enough to have an ancestral connection to one of the remaining teams (go Germany!). What we need is a decent s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    The Week In TV: Mad About Mad Men Barbie Dolls

    The Barbie version of Joan appears to have just escaped from Dachau.​I have no idea what day it is, my veins run thick with taquitos, and I took my shirt off in public. This was the week in TV Land: • I'm a little amazed at the amount of TV I was able to watch this past week considering I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    House of Enchiladas

    ​Deep in Friendswood (it isn't that far away, people) is an establishment that has ballooned into an enchilada institution. It's called La Casita (18043 County Rd. 127), and Tom Hanks ate here during the filming of Apollo 13 at Space Center Houston. It's also the local dive of a recent Bachelo ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    The Five Worst Movies Being Shown On The International Space Station

    ​Maybe this has come out before -- the list seems to be a year old -- but we noticed today a story in the British paper The Guardian about the list of DVDs NASA has provided to the International Space Station.The actual list is here, released under the Freedom of Information Act. Movies are appare ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009
  • Film

    May 14, 2009

    Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks

    Another treat for whacked-out male conspiracy theorists

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    For 4/20: Five Classic Stoners From The Movies

    April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day, because if there's anything America needs, it's a holiday encouraging us to be more apathetic than we already are. But rather than get bogged down in arguments for legalization or debates about the merits of medicinal marijuana, let us simply commemorate this o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Guilty Of Medicaid Fraud? Depends

    If you're going to try to defraud the government, please -- for your own self-esteem -- choose a more glamorous plan than one involving adult diapers.When the announcement came in from the US Attorney's Office headlined that a local company owner had been "INDICTED IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE," we co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    For Valentine's Day: The Five Worst Romantic Comedies

    With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Highest-Ranking NASA Woman Ever Prepares For Re-Entry To Private Life

    Shana Dale, the highest-ranking woman in NASA history, is leaving the agency after three years as second-in-command.NASA's press release on the subject said she announced the decision today, but readers of her blog were tipped off about it last week. (Clearly, we were not readers of her blog.)Dale s ... More >>

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    May 31, 2007
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    May 10, 2007
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    March 15, 2007
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    November 16, 2006
  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Cracked Code

    Da Vinci's leap to the screen leaves no room for surprise

  • Calendar

    April 27, 2006
  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Second Run

    Celebrating the overachieving, underhyped movies of 2004

  • Film

    April 22, 2004

    Big Deal

    A good idea grows up into a missed opportunity

  • Culture

    March 25, 2004

    No More Wussies

    Or, why Tom Hanks isn't Steve Guttenberg

  • Film

    March 25, 2004

    Suth'n Comfort

    The Coens score big with Ladykillers -- thanks to Hanks

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • Film

    December 26, 2002

    Catcher in the Sky

    Spielberg gets caught up in the thrill of the chase

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Laundromat

    Graustark Laundry

  • Film

    July 11, 2002

    One-Way Ticket

    Tom Hanks and Paul Newman are on the bloody, brilliant Road to Perdition

  • Film

    December 21, 2000

    Special Delivery

    With Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis unearths the part of Tom Hanks we've been hoping to find: His brittle humanity

  • Film

    December 9, 1999

    E.T. on Death Row

    Director Frank Darabont gets metaphysical in The Green Mile

  • Film

    December 17, 1998

    Return Mail

    Ephron offers an appealing update of a classic charmer

  • Film

    July 23, 1998

    Combat Reality

    Spielberg desanitizes WWII with the powerful Saving Private Ryan

  • Film

    October 3, 1996

    Pop Sensation

    Tom Hanks shows how it feels at the top of the charts

  • Film

    December 28, 1995

    The Year in Film

    Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)

  • Film

    July 6, 1995


    Both corny and inspiring, Apollo 13 is about more than a space mission

  • Film

    July 14, 1994

    The Age of Innocents

    With Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks shows, again, that it's a gift to be simple

  • Film

    January 13, 1994

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Hollywood emerges from its AIDS innocence to produce the engaging, but predictable, Philadelphia

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