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Film: Missing in Action
August 31, 2010 – 1:49 pm | No Comment
Film: Missing in Action

Here are some films we may not be seeing in September much less the rest of the year. When the Angelika closed all of a sudden this weekend it was almost like a death in …

Takers
August 31, 2010 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
Takers

Takers takes more than it gives. A fast paced ensemble heist movie Takers shows off a cast of impossibly handsome criminals, some of whom produced the film.
After a brilliantly executed robbery followed by a skyscraper …

Angelika Film Center closes
August 29, 2010 – 1:50 pm | 4 Comments
Angelika Film Center closes

My living room just became the second biggest art house in Houston overnight.  The Angelika Film Center shuttered its doors this morning. For the last few months, this is summertime remember, they only ran air …

Life During Wartime
August 27, 2010 – 6:54 pm | No Comment
Life During Wartime

Sitting through Life During Wartime has a slight resemblance to listening in to a psychiatric session with writer/director Todd Solandz. There’s no connection to the Talking Heads song “Life During Wartime” although there is a …

Centurion
August 26, 2010 – 11:51 pm | No Comment
Centurion

Centurion is a film for people who thought that Gladiator wasn’t violent enough or that King Arthur was not realistic enough. In truth, the recent Bruckheimer produced King Arthur was very realistic in depicting Romans …

State of the KTRUnion
August 26, 2010 – 5:33 pm | 9 Comments
State of the KTRUnion

Although I’ve not personally been able to get through to Rice University prez myself (surprise surprise), I still feel obligated to explain his perfidy to everyone who is concerned but might not know exactly what …

Animal Kingdom
August 25, 2010 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom pounces on the audience with its brilliant portrayal of a family unit bound by crime and the police detective who wants to take them down. Even weeks after seeing Animal Kingdom certain images …

Cairo Time
August 23, 2010 – 1:31 pm | No Comment
Cairo Time

Cairo Time operates in its own unique zone of comfort. This two-character drama, set in Cairo, Egypt, allows the leads (Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig) to dominate the film in equal parts with the bustling …

What to do about KTRU?
August 20, 2010 – 11:26 pm | One Comment
What to do about KTRU?

Now that the rumored purchase has occurred and Rice’s KTRU studios will now be under the control of Clear Channel affiliated U of H there is little that we outraged listeners can do but show …

Mao’s Last Dancer
August 19, 2010 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Mao’s Last Dancer

You really want to like Mao’s Last Dancer but in the end the film won’t let you make that deep of a commitment. Films like MLD strike an ambivalent tone with me. The high points …