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Nicholas Sparks’s Bull-Riding Romance The Longest Ride Is Total BS and Totally Great

The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks’s most ambitious novel. Instead of one couple, there’s two — and he’s even stretched out of his blond/Southern/Christian comfort zone to make the older pair Jewish. For balance, and for pandering to the powerful conservative audience who mad… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Katherine Center: Happiness for Beginners

Houston-based author Katherine Center tells us a few events from her real life made it into her just released novel, Happiness for Beginners. Center did have a wilderness experience similar to the one her character Helen has in the book (roughing it in the woods for a few weeks, depend… Full News here – Houston […]

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About Last Knights…

The glum revenge epic Last Knights is a timeworn tale that, when you squint, looks like the future. Established Hollywood stars Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman are there onscreen clutching swords and intoning dramatic pledges of fealty and death. But the money for the film came from S… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Stage Reviews: April 2, 2015

Shadowlands Not since Barbara Stanwyck, as self-sacrificing mother Stella Dallas (1937), who peered into that upper-crust window to see her daughter finally find happiness, has there been such a weepie as William Nicholson’s love story Shadowlands. Perhaps Erich Segal’s Love … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: April 2, 2015

“The Nature of Forms,” “Intentionally Dirty” The current dual exhibitions at Nicole Longnecker Gallery — photographer Frank Sherwood White’s “The Nature of Forms” and Julian Lorber’s “Intentionally Dirty” — both illustrate the erosion of nature through thoughtful and captivating i… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Noah Baumbach Ages Up to Fortysomething Angst in While We’re Young

Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor’s visits have changed. “If you’re a worrier like I am, or Ben,” he says, referring to Ben Stiller, the star of his 2010 movie Greenberg, “you’re used to going, ‘Is this something that should be cause fo… Full […]

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Furious 7 Vin Diesel and Co. Are Faster, Furiouser — And They’ll Make You Cry

You may, like me, have seen all of the Fast and Furious movies, and you may, like me, have enjoyed most or many of them. You may also, like me, have a hard time remembering exactly what happened in each film. You needn’t worry. The franchise’s Wikipedia page is filled with barebones yet su… Full […]

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Capsule Stage Reviews: March 26, 2015

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat If you’re feeling a bit sleepy when Joseph begins, don’t worry, the show will slap you awake fast. And hard. This is the most frenetic show in memory, fast-paced, constantly on the go and terrifically cheesy. Nobody and nothing stops. Ever. … Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: March 26, 2015

“Paintings” In his new “Paintings” exhibit at Hiram Butler Gallery, acrylic artist Brooke Stroud calls upon both the known and the unknown, producing rectangular nature-inspired abstracts with saturated gradations of hue, punctuated by blocks of color. Two of his strongest pieces, 2015’s B… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Merchants of Doubt Reveals a Country Eager to Be Fooled

The Amazing Randi insists that the public wants to be fooled, that it’s easier and more comforting for us not to see unromantic truths — you can see him proclaiming this, a little sadly, in Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s doc An Honest Liar, which plays like a companion pi… Full News here – Houston […]

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Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for “Brain-Dead”

We’re two films into the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it’s still unclear if the sequel’s director, three screenwriters, eight producers and especially original novelist Veronica Roth have bothered to double-check a dictionary. Divergent, and now this new sequel, In… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Kevin Hart’s Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia

Get Hard, Etan Cohen’s comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that’s almost-but-not-yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could kill. Judging by the poster, in which… Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Boiling Point Players: Get Lucky Cabaret

The Boiling Point Players are feeling lucky, and they want you to feel lucky, too, so much so that their upcoming cabaret, Get Lucky, is centered around the concept. Boiling Point Players co-founder Melanie Martin said the one-night-only performance was inspired by St. Patrick&rsqu… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Review: March 19, 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Written circa 1595, probably immediately after Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare at his most magical. Full of moonbeams and gossamer, it seems written on cobweb. Combining ancient myth, folklore and pastoral romance, the master … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: March 19, 2015

“Mel Chin: Rematch” For the next few months, Houston-born and raised Mel Chin will be taking up practically the whole art atmosphere of the city with his 40-year retrospective. It’s a progressive art feast so big that it takes four museums to hold it all. And as a special treat for hometown f… Full News […]

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