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Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2014

This five-day, multi-venue film festival includes more than 50 narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, 16mm screening room, live multimedia performances, panel d


Mondo Cinema

Fading Gigolo star weighs in on playing an escort, pleasing women & that Woody Allen controversy

By Joe Leydon

Director John Turturro arguably is the only filmmaker who’d ever think of casting actor John Turturro as an attentive escort who’s handsomely paid for his sexual favors by exceptionally ...


Mondo Cinema

Saturday Night Live star finds the joy of playing it straight in Nebraska

By Joe Leydon

After years of broadly comical hijinks as a worthy successor to the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Will Forte is ready for his close-up as a serious dramatic actor. Mind you, there ...


HCAF Recap

It's a wrap! Houston Cinema Arts Festival brings a touch of Hollywood to the Bayou City

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival brought a little bit of Hollywood to the Bayou City. Here are some snapshots of highlights. ...


Cinema Arts Fest Insider

A wrongly convicted man's nightmare ends in An Unreal Dream

By Joe Leydon

Talk about great timing: An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, Al Reinert’s stirring documentary about the wrongful conviction and ultimate exoneration of a Williamson County man accused ...


Strike a pose

Red carpet dazzle: Stars and celebs kick off Houston Cinema Arts Festival

By Joel Luks

Strut, pose, strut, pose . . . there's a je ne sais quois about red carpet welcomes that spark the inner celeb in everyone, particularly when a row of paparazzi await for the perfect attitude t ...


Cinema Arts Festival Insider

Dazed and Confused: Houston rebel reflects on the marijuana movie that changed it all

By Joe Leydon

In the unlikely event you need further proof that time flies — sometimes, at warp speed — consider this: Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy-drama about teenage li ...


Movie Time

Not your typical love story: Art "bullie" husband spotlighted in Houston Cinema Arts Festival opener

By Joel Luks

Hollywood adores overused archetypal love stories that can be summarized as boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, something dumb happens and boy and girl live happily ever after. There's a proble ...


Cinema Arts Fest Insider

Not-so-silent movie: Klezmer musician scores with live soundtrack for classic film

By Joe Leydon

As a violinist and composer specializing in klezmer, the infectiously spirited folk music introduced to America ages ago by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Alicia Svigals has made a career o ...


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 meetings with the press. It was the ...


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