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Big Movie Weekend

WorldFest wraps with a weekend of comedies, family-friendly dramas and a tale of two lovers who are Lost for Words

By Joe Leydon

WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival has been very, very good to indie filmmaker Stanley J. Orzel. And he’s hoping the 2013 edition of the fest – which winds down this weekend ...


Mondo Cinema

WorldFest honoree Edward James Olmos reveals Blade Runner's big secret, true love for Filly Brown

By Joe Leydon

Edwards James Olmos is on the line – because he’s on his way to Houston. Specifically: Olmos is calling while en route to the airport because he’s bound for H-Town to receive ...


Mondo Cinema

A surprise must-see movie: Hidden Sapphires will make you get up and dance

By Joe Leydon

It’s got a great beat, and you can dance to it, so I’ll give The Sapphires (at the Sundance Cinemas) four out of four stars. This sassy and spirited Australian import — loosel ...


Mondo Cinema

Le Funny Business at MFAH, Kristen Stewart on the road and Gangham Style in Bollywood

By Joe Leydon

They’re collectively billed as Five Funny French Films, raising expectations for a lot of “Ha! Ha! Ha!” along with the “Ooh La La!” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) As ...


Mondo Cinema

Classic versions of Dracula and Frankenstein are big screen wonders + 3 new foreign films

By Joe Leydon

It is a dark and stormy night. Suddenly – amid the roar of generators, the crackling of lightning and the feeble rustling of a reanimated corpse – a crazed scientist triumphantly wails: ...


Mondo Cinema

Dustin Hoffman's directing debut in Quartet is a low-key charmer, plus 8 indie movies worth seeing

By Joe Leydon

Sometimes the magic happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes when Oscar-bait films are dangled before Academy voters, nobody nibbles. Every fall, a handful of high-class, small-bu ...


Mondo Cinema

Indie drama LUV finds inspiration in a real-life character, while Oscar fever spreads in H-town

By Joe Leydon

Here's a tip for indie filmmakers eager to attract big-name talent to a small-budget project: Write a script that will allow actors a chance to, well, you know, act. That's the sage adv ...


Mondo Cinema

Bill Murray channels FDR in Hyde Park on the Hudson, Marion Cotillard gets Oscar buzz in Rust and Bone

By Joe Leydon

To answer the most obvious question first: No, you won't have any trouble at all buying Bill Murray as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson (at the Regal Greenway Grand Pa ...


At the Movies

Thanks to Tyler Perry, Edward Burns gets back to his filmmaking roots with Fitzgerald Family Christmas

By Joe Leydon

We can thank Tyler Perry – the savvy multihyphenate who has amassed millions by cross-dressing as Madea and churning out indie comedies – for the unpretentiously ingratiating delight th ...


Mondo Cinema

Under the radar movies: Algiers masterpiece, skateboarding genius & Bollywood con man

By Joe Leydon

When Gillo Pontecorvo passed away in 2006 at age 86, many of the obituaries duly observed that because of his relatively meager oeuvre — he made only a handful of features during a& ...


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