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Joe Leydon

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JOE LEYDON is an award-winning film critic for Variety, the premier showbiz newspaper and website, and an adjunct professor at Houston Community College and University of Houston.  He also is a blogger at MovingPictureBlog.blogspot.com, a contributing writer for MovieMaker magazine, communications director for Cowboys & Indians magazines, a Q&A host at the Denver and Nashville film festivals, a contributing critic for Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, and author of the book Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See (Michael Wiese Productions). From 1982 until 1995, he was film critic for The Houston Post. From 1995 until 1999, he was a film critic and entertainment reporter for KPRC-TV. (Several interviews he did with celebrities during this period can be seen on YouTube.) More recently, he has reviewed films and DVDs forThe San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC.com, The Katy Courier and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leydon also has written for New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star and Austin American-Statesman. He has appeared as a guest on the television programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann, At the Movies, Kudlow & Cramer andMSNBC Live.  A New Orleans native, Leydon earned a BA degree in Journalism at Loyola University in N.O., and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications Studies at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.  He is the proud father of George Leydon, who is an outstanding young man almost entirely because of his mother, Anne Sarsonas Leydon.  

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Cinema Arts Fest Insider

The mind behind the early Oscar favorite: If Julia Roberts wins big, you can thank Tracy Letts

By Joe Leydon

Tracy Letts was in a great mood, for good reason, as he settled into the plush couch of the posh hotel suite that The Weinstein Company had procured for his ...


Movie Time

Houston's movie moment is here: The ultimate insider's guide to Houston Cinema Arts Festival

By Joe Leydon

It’s take five for the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, as organizers of the multifaceted cinema showcase gear up for another round of screenings, live performances and multimedia happenings. The ...


Mondo Cinema

Watch out for the bogeywoman! Houston movie theater ghost spawns a horror thriller

By Joe Leydon

It’s all in a day’s work for Damir Catic, senior assistant manager at the Edwards Marq*E Theater: Monitor concession sales. File employee timecards. Investigate reports of paranormal ...


Mondo Cinema

Big laughs! Big Excitement! Director spills secrets of Big Ass Spider! creature feature

By Joe Leydon

And now… in the tradition of Snakes on a Plane, Penn and Teller Get Killed and Death of a Salesman… another movie with a title that tells you all you ...


Cinema Arts Festival Schedule

Film lovers delight: Houston Cinema Arts Fest packed with movie stars, major directors & great movies

By Joe Leydon

Will Forte, Thomas Haden Church, and Houston-born filmmaker Richard Linklater will be among the luminaries lending their star power to the 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. But wait: There’s ...


Oscar comes early to H-Town

Julia Roberts' Best Actress bid among Oscar hopefuls at Houston Cinema Arts Festival

By Joe Leydon

This just in: While the movers and shakers at the 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival don’t plan to announce the full lineup for their Nov. 6-10 event until Tuesday ...


Mondo Cinema

Muscle Shoals crosses racial divide to show how music was made with heart and soul

By Joe Leydon

Is Muscle Shoals, Alabama hallowed ground? Could be. Early in Muscle Shoals, the endlessly fascinating and hugely entertaining documentary set to screen Monday and next month at the Museum of ...


Mondo Cinema

Breaking free of Bollywood's glitzy chains: Houston film festival shows there is much more to Indian cinema

By Joe Leydon

Sutapa Ghosh wants the world to know that, just as there is more to American cinema than Hollywood, there is more to Indian cinema than Bollywood. To help spread her ...


Mondo Cinema

Lake Bell finds the funny in voice-over movie: In a World... makes even Eva Longoria entertaining

By Joe Leydon

In a world where talented but underemployed people often become multitaskers to control their own destiny . . . Lake Bell has given herself a world-class showcase, and created something hugely entertaining in ...


Alien end times

Shaun of the Dead team tackle extraterrestrial invaders in The World's End

By Joe Leydon

After playing fast and loose with the conventions of zombie thrillers in Shaun of the Dead, and then transporting the tropes of supercop action flicks to a quiet English hamlet ...


Mondo Cinema

Wasting Oprah and big stars galore: The Butler disappoints, fails to live up to the weight of its story

By Joe Leydon

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (at Sundance Cinemas and other theaters) is just good enough to make you wish it were much better. The film — originally known simply as The Butler ...


Mondo Cinema

Blue Jasmine is a movie of shocking twists: Woody Allen fans never saw this coming

By Joe Leydon

There is more than a hint of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche DuBois to the title character Cate Blanchett plays so precisely and affectingly in Blue Jasmine (at the River Oaks Theatre ...


Mondo Cinema

Dangerous women: Steamy Gilda launches Film Noir series with a twist

By Joe Leydon

The funny thing about film noir is, if you asked 10 different cinema scholars to define the term – you’d likely get 10 different definitions of film noir. No kidding ...


Movies Are My Life

WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes reveals her financial troubles, her old Comet feuds and more

By Joe Leydon

Former Houston Comets superstar Sheryl Swoopes said she’d already viewed Swoopes — the celebratory ESPN documentary about her life, career, and significance in sports history — “probably 10 times” before the ...


Mondo Cinema

Controversial filmmaker defies an Arab League ban, examines suicide bombing: On The Attack

By Joe Leydon

Like many other filmmakers who deal with potentially controversial and politically incendiary subject matter, filmmaker Ziad Doueiri hoped for the best, but expected the worst, as he prepared to launch ...


Movies Are My Life

QFest steps out with 60 films and a Divine opening-night attraction

By Joe Leydon

They’re here, they’re queer – and on opening night, they’re absolutely divine. No kidding: The 17th annual edition of QFest, the Houston GLBT-Q International Film Festival, officially kicks ...


Bruce Springsteen Rocumentary

Crowd-sourced rockumentary focuses on Bruce Springsteen and his fans

By Joe Leydon

Call it a crowd-sourced rockumentary, and you won’t be far off the mark. Springsteen & I  — which screens Monday and July 30 in Houston and some 500 other cities – is ...


Mondo Cinema

What's the best thing we can say about loud and clunky R.I.P.D.? It doesn't suck

By Joe Leydon

R.I.P.D. isn’t nearly as bad as its near-deafening advance buzz indicated — though, really, what movie could be? — but that doesn’t mean the laughs and gasps ...


Mondo Cinema

Fruitvale Station is a low-key stunner, torn from the headlines and relevant to our times

By Joe Leydon

Although he has a real-life story of relatively recent vintage to tell in Fruitvale Station — one that, in light of the Trayvon Martin killing and its frustrating aftermath, is enthrallingly ...


Movies Are My Life

Sex-crazed seniors, Gemma Arterton & Hollywood icons: A movie about old people worth watching

By Joe Leydon

Years before he became a fanboy icon while demanding kneeling by puny humans as General Zod in Superman II — and decades before he flaunted his versatility as an acerbic transsexual ...


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