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Focus Is a Bright Trifle That Shows Off Margot Robbie Like a Diamond

If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus‘s Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite. Robbie is too beautiful to play normal, too sly to play nice. Miscast as a shy saint in Craig Zobel’s upcoming Sundance hit Z for Zachariah,… Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Capsule Stage Reviews: February 26, 2015

The Blackest Shore Catastrophic Theatre brings the work of New York-based up-and-coming playwright Mark Schulz to us twice this season. Closing out the year is Schultz’s play Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy, a show about teen girl anguish. On offer now is… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: February 26, 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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Sadly, the Latest Hot Tub Time Machine Is on the Fritz

Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison and returned to their timeline as gods. Thusly, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hailed as a minor deity: He’d taken a dumber-than-huffing-hairspray premise and… Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel

ers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison and returned to their timeline as gods. Thusly, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hailed as a minor deity: He’d taken a dumber-than-huffing-hairspray premise and made the perf… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Outcasts, Be More Pretty!

Shove off, John Hughes. The DUFF, a high school comedy by Ari Sandel, opens by declaring that The Breakfast Club‘s social categories are, like, way passé. Explains lead Bianca (Mae Whitman), “Jocks play video games, princesses are on antidepressants and geeks rule the … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: February 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 hometow… Full News here […]

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Capsule Stage Reviews: February 19, 2015

The Blackest Shore Catastrophic Theatre brings the work of New York-based up-and-coming playwright Mark Schulz to us twice this season. Closing out the year is Schultz’s play Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy, a show about teen girl anguish. On offer now… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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In McFarland, USA, Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now

American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First came Kevin Costner in the sour Black or White, playing a coot who discovers that black folks love their kids, too, even in South Los … Full News here – Houston Press […]

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The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source

Here at last is peak Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons and rages, always remaining appealingly human. You can tell, when Anna Kendrick scraps for her big notes, that she’s not a natural, that she’s working hard, that she’s living a dream. All that fit… Full News here […]

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Julianne Moore Will Move You in Alzheimer’s Drama Still Alice

Most of us can’t imagine having a disease that tugs and tears at the very threads of who we are. When we wake up in the middle of the night with outlandish fears, we strike reassuring bargains with ourselves: If I lose my sight, I’ll still have music. If I lose my hearing, I’ll still […]

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Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night

In the opening moments of Two Days, One Night, a working-class Belgian woman named Sandra (Marion Cotillard) wakes from a midday nap, takes a phone call, removes a tart from the oven, pops a pill and begs herself not to cry. With a sense of having arrived in the middle of the story,… Full News […]

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Capsule Stage Reviews: February 12, 2015

Character Man Jim Brochu’s one-man musical tribute to those unsung supporting players of Broadway’s golden age radiates such a warm autumnal glow, you want to rush right out and buy every original Broadway cast album of the shows Brochu so lovingly remembers. (If you’re already a Broadway bab… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: February 12, 2015

“Field of Light” The stars have fallen on Discovery Green courtesy of British artist Bruce Munro and his “Field of Light” installation of illuminated fiber optics. For those of us who live in the nation’s fourth-largest city, light pollution has made it impossible to see the more than 2,500 s… Full News here – Houston […]

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Crazy-Pants Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys

Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the past few years. What’s beyond argument, however, is that Vaughn has whipped up the most interesting one, the only to make ferocious, unsettling art out of the great c… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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