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Movie Time

Saving Mr. Banks is just one giant Disney commercial: But somehow it's still worthwhile

By Alex Bentley

Movies about making movies, especially ones based on real-life stories, will always be catnip for film lovers, as they purport to take us behind the curtains and show what really happens during the ...


Movie Magic

Need inspiration? Five can't miss movies that will uplift your spirit not crush it

By Alex Bentley

Even the most optimistic among us could use a little inspiration sometimes. Here are five movies that will lift your spirit. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) A Best Picture winner,&nbs ...


Mind-bender

Cloud Atlas is entertaining and confusing, but Tom Hanks is hard to disguise

By Alex Bentley

Some books are simply considered unfilmable. Reasons vary, but the vast majority of tomes given this designation are so complex that any attempt to adapt them for the big screen would be foolhardy. ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events

By Joel Luks

If the revenge of the fifth — July 5 that is — erased any memories of Wednesday night's Independence Day rowdy carouse, let's just pretend that your walk of shame never happened ...


Shelby About Town

From Paul McCartney to Tom Hanks to an artist on a mission, celebs float Houstonians' boats

By Shelby Hodge

It was a quick but productive two-day visit to Houston by Korean-born artist Lee Ufan, who was in town on a mission for the new Asia Society Texas Center — supervising installation of his cre ...


Life is like....

National treasure or right wing hokum? Forrest Gump's selection to National Film Registry rekindles debate

By Joe Leydon

Sixteen years after it received the Oscar for Best Picture, Forrest Gump finally has been officially designated as an all-American classic. No kidding: On Wednesday, Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 box ...


Embarrassing Celebrity Spawn

The link between Weston Cage, Montana Fishburne and that ridiculous roundhouse kick

By Caroline Gallay

Weston Cage's now-famous restaurant meltdown, in which he attempts to roundhouse kick his personal trainer over not being permitted to order a menu item, has rocketed him to the No. 1 spot on o ...


No Retreat, No Surrender

The 10 best Bruce Springsteen songs of all time: Bowing out as an HBO documentary beckons

By Jim Beviglia

After 20 weeks, 190 songs, countless debates and hopefully plenty of insights, The Ultimate Springsteen Countdown is down to the final 10 — the very best Bruce Springsteen tunes of all time. ...


No Retreat, No Surrender

Bruce Springsteen takes on street racing & lets one of his greatest songs slowly die: Songs 30-21

By Jim Beviglia

Street racing might not be a subject you'd expect in a Bruce Springsteen song, but The Boss not only did a tune about, it's one of his very best. The Ultimate Springsteen Countdown does not ...


No Retreat, No Surrender

How Tom Hanks saved Bruce Springsteen's career: Songs 51-40 are Glory Days indeed

By Jim Beviglia

Bruce Springsteen wasn't always as popular as he is now. In the early 1990s, it almost looked like he was rocking on fumes, struggling to stay relevant as he did his own thing. Then, Tom Hanks ...


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