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Secrets of a classic: Director explains why Rocky remains a pop-culture powerhouse

By Joe Leydon

A decade or so ago, Sylvester Stallone told me about an amazing image he remembered from early news coverage of the Iraq War. “I saw some Iraqi in some town hold up a flag with Rocky on it,&r ...


Up His Alley

Winning Oscar picks from a fearless Academy Award expert: This award insider isn't holding back

By Shelby Hodge

With a Tony Award and more than 100 stage productions under his belt, who better to give us his thoughts on Sunday night's Academy Awards than Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd. ...


Mondo Cinema

Last minute gift suggestions for the movie lovers — and Astrodome fans — on your list

By Joe Leydon

Yes, Virginia, you still have time to select appropriate presents for the movie lovers on your Christmas list. Granted, you might have to go dashing through the stores – or scrolling thro ...


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. Th ...


Movies Houstonians Love Screening: Mark Wawro picks Muscle Shoals

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Muscle Shoals — located on the banks of the Tennessee River — is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. "Brown Sugar


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 message, the Calcutta-born ...


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 are satisfyingl ...


Controversial Decision

Rick Perry despises Machete? Anti-immigration nuts prompted pulling of movie tax credits, lawsuit alleges

By Tyler Rudick

A lawsuit filed in Austin claims that Rick Perry played a starring role in the denial of promised tax incentives to the makers of Machete — ​Robert Rodriguez's 2010 movie a ...


Movies Are My Life

The 10 Summer Movies you need to see: A guide to avoiding horrible flicks

By Joe Leydon

The big news at the megaplexes during the long Memorial Day weekend was the box-office faceoff between two highly hyped sequels: Fast & Furious 6, yet another guilty-pleasure installment in the ...


Quaid Back In the Coogs' House

Zac Efron's new BFF Dennis Quaid spills his "brutally real" University of Houston secrets

By Tyler Rudick

Dennis Quaid was getting in touch with his Bayou City roots on Friday, visiting drama students and chatting with reporters on his old stomping grounds at the University of Houston. Ma ...


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