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Frances McDormand Is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO’s Magnificent Olive Kitteridge

When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the woods one last time. The 25-year journey (and the accumulation of mistakes and bad luck therein) that leads the elderly Olive to that momen… Full News here – Houston […]

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How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies

This essay contains a spoiler or two for John Wick. There’s too much violence in movies today — too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked me what the “right” kind is, I would only be able to tell you that I know it when I see it. Chad Stahelski and D… Full […]

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Table Dancing

Dear Mexican, Why do Mexican men think all us gabachas are like the girls in Bikini Car Wash? I am married, a conservative dresser, frankly not very goodlooking at all (but I do have blond hair, so maybe that counts for something on a gu… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: October 30, 2014

Marie Antoinette The ill-fated queen of France (Emily Neves) sashays down the halls of Versailles to a heavy techno beat. Gigantic neon fleurs-de-lis flash blindingly. Looking as tasty and pastel as any of those luscious macarons piled into a decorous pyramid on the acrylic table, s… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: October 30, 2014

“Jorge Marin: Wings of the City” This installation at Discovery Green has nine wonderful sculptures by an acclaimed Mexican sculptor; some are powerful, some playful, some enigmatic, but all are filled with a love for and an appreciation of humanity that is breathtaking and admirable. Thou… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster

Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a freelance crime videographer in Dan Gilroy’s nervy thriller Nightcrawler. Even when Robert De Niro does it, weight change isn’t acting —… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Horns Lets Daniel Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way

Alexandre Aja’s Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn’t make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive. It’s a biblically tinged, eye-for-an-eye vengeance thriller about an emo boyfriend named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) whose childhood sweetheart… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress

Director Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you’re watching. Poitras shows us history as it happens, scenes of such intimate momentousness that the movie’s a must-see piece of work even if, in its to… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Copy Master

Knocking out the first-rate forgeries that fooled 60 American museums? That was a curiously mundane miracle, something for Mark Landis to do while watching TV. A frail and ascetic Mississippian who resembles Michael Stipe playing Truman Capote, Landis sketched and painted minor Currans, Averys an… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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School Colors

Among its many attributes, Justin Simien’s exuberant debut feature, Dear White People, proves that we’re not yet living in a “post-racial America”: Forget for a moment that there are so many vexing problems entwining race, class and economics that we haven’t been able to put a Band-… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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The Dark Comes From Us

Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with real-life police officers until 7 a.m. It was good preparation for his new movie Nightcrawler, a blistering portrait of a morally corrupt … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Citizenfour’s Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It

With the first two documentaries in her post–9-11 trilogy — My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The Oath, which focused on two Guantánamo Bay prisoners — Laura Poitras seemed to be making a bid for the title of film’s most vigilan… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Drugs, Meat and Mail

Dear Mexican, What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug cartel problem currently in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug cartel story on the news…or do they feel a sense of disconnect because they are living in Ame… Full News here – Houston […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: October 23, 2014

“Mokha Laget: Chromatic Constructs” Mokha Laget has broken free of “the tyranny of the rectangle,” a straitjacket that many artists seem condemned to wear. Her shapes are her own, and they are refreshingly different. Laget’s work has elements of architecture; while the paintings are two-dimen… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: October 23, 2014

Marie Antoinette The ill-fated queen of France (Emily Neves) sashays down the halls of Versailles to a heavy techno beat. Gigantic neon fleurs-de-lis flash blindingly. Looking as tasty and pastel as any of those luscious macarons piled into a decorous pyramid on the acrylic table, she … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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