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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 ...


Mondo Cinema

Acclaimed movie Frances Ha is another labor of love for indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach

By Joe Leydon

If Frances Ha (at the Sundance Cinemas) had not been filmed in relative secrecy – as The New York Times recently noted, few knew of its existence until its surprise premiere last fall at the ...


Mondo Cinema

This weekend's alternative film lineup, from Hollywood cultists to Bollywood zombies

By Joe Leydon

What's that, fellow movie buff? You claim the pickings are slim this weekend at theaters and drive-ins near you? You say you want something more substantial — or at least less predictable ...


Mondo Cinema

Heartthrobs Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron bring out the best in each other At Any Price

By Joe Leydon

Henry Whipple, the Iowa farmer and seed salesman played by H-Town native Dennis Quaid in Ramin Bahrani’s quietly devastating At Any Price (at the Sundance Cinemas), tries just a little too ha ...


Mondo Cinema

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is suspenseful and timely; Texas meth dealer rages in Cook County

By Joe Leydon

Some critics have been using Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist more or less as a cudgel to thump Mira Nair’s film adaptation (at the River Oaks 3). Just as even more rev ...


Mondo Cinema

Indie movies: Colin Firth takes on a new identity, French sperm donor meets his match, John Cusak's CIA adventure

By Joe Leydon

How far do you have go to get from where – and who – you are? Hard to say. But in the world according to Arthur Newman (at the AMC Studio 30 and Gulf Pointe 30 theaters) — a subtl ...


Mondo Cinema

Houston teen goes Hollywood with co-starring role in Twilight author's sci-fi movie, The Host

By Joe Leydon

Houston native Chandler Canterbury has been acting since he was 8 years old, appearing in such high-profile projects as Knowing, Repo Men and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But I must admit: ...


Mondo Cinema

What you should be watching at the movies: A doc on a faded superstar, Oscar shorts and modern classics

By Joe Leydon

Right at the start of Paul Williams Still Alive, the terrifically entertaining and surprisingly provocative documentary screening Saturday through Monday at 14 Pews, filmmaker Stephen Kessler admit ...


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Emergency situation: The Waiting Room examines health care — and the lack of it — in America

By Joe Leydon

Call it the real-life St. Elsewhere, and you won’t be far off the mark. Highland General Hospital is where the neediest of Oakland, Calif., often wind up when they’re most in need o ...


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