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Men in the Landslide

Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its consequences. The Swedish director’s previous feature, 2011’s Play, follows a group of black teenagers in Gothenburg as they blithely coerce a trio of afflu… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Similarities and Automobile Etiquette

Dear Mexican, Why do Mexicans and gabachos resemble each other so much? Both are very conservative about sex, marriage and family. Both are very Christian, either Catholic or Protestant. Both keep similar attitudes towards immigrants. Both are very patriotic… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: November 20, 2014

Hänsel und Gretel When Opera in the Heights announced it would perform Englebert Humperdinck’s gargantuan fairy tale — gargantuan in the size of its orchestra — I immediately thought, what a boneheaded mistake, this’ll never work. This late Romantic behemoth (1893), progeny o… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: November 20, 2014

Carole A. Feuerman Solo Exhibition Hyperrealist art is intended to simulate reality so precisely that the art can easily be mistaken for the real thing, and prime examples are on view at the intimate Octavia Art Gallery. Christina is a life-size sculpture, painted resin, of an attracti… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Jon Stewart’s Rosewater Is Outraged, Cinematic and Even Funny.

During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for 118 days on espionage charges, Jon Stewart said, “We hear a lot about the banality of evil, but so little about the stupidity of evil.” Or about its t… Full News here – […]

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The War Goes Viral in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part1

Over the first two Hunger Games films, we’ve watched coal miner’s daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest, of the Capitol, whose President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has enslaved the adults of the 12 poorer Districts and annually commanded that they together sacrifice 24 of … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Ted Flato: Lake/Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape

Pick up a copy of Lake/Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape, a 300-page photography book showing some of the group’s spectacular environmentally friendly home designs, and it’s easy to sigh and say, “Well, if I had a million dollars, I could have a beautiful house like that… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster

Minor spoilers for the second episode of The Comeback‘s sophomore season. It’s no mystery why The Comeback, which returned for its second season this past Sunday after a nine-year hiatus, never became a big hit fo… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original’s Magic Idiocy

In the mid 1990s, self-appointed cultural gatekeepers used to wield Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Dumb and Dumber as proof of the deterioration of film artistry. Those people hadn’t, of course, actually bothered to see the movie, and thus had no sense of its peculiar, sweet… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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A Star Survives

Tales of fame and its trappings — and the way they’re never enough to build a life — are as old as show business itself. Maybe for that reason, almost any story about discovering the hollowness of fame is often written off as a cliché. But what’s the difference, really, between… Full News here – […]

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Latin Music and a Tenth Anniversary

Dear Mexican, I’m interested in a job that says it is a plus to have an understanding of Latin, Spanish and Mexican music. I found out some names of musical styles such as Tejano, norteño, mariachi, banda, cumbia… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: November 13, 2014

Company Bracing and potent as a vodka stinger, Company (1970), Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s multiple Tony Award-winning “musical comedy” on marriage, commitment and New York City, ushered in Sondheim as potential king of Broadway. This intimate production from MJR Theatricals an… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Big Hero 6 Upgrades Disney’s Cartoon Kid’s Flicks

Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn’t have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. Then imagine him as fat and sweet as a marshmallow. Meet Big Hero 6‘s Baymax, Disney’s new cuddly champion: a waddling, inflatable health-care companion who can sense your pulse, diagn… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: November 13, 2014

“Larry Bell: Three Decades of Art” There is a mystifying element to Larry Bell’s paintings — distance seems to add further enchantment. Up too close, I felt I was missing the forest for the trees. Nicole Longnecker Gallery has wisely hung AAAAA98 at the furthest reach, so it domi… Full News here – Houston Press […]

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking’s Marriage Makes for a Wise but Glossy Drama

If the universe is infinitely finite, an entity whose mystery is knowable only through an evolving progression of theories and equations, it’s nothing compared to a marriage. Every marriage or long-term partnership is knowable only to the people inside it — and sometimes not even then.

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