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Hercules Surprisingly Has Both Brains and Brawn

One could be forgiven for being skeptical that a Hercules movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and directed by Brett "Rush Hour Trilogy" Ratner might have a brain in its head, but it actually does. We're not talking Snowpiercer levels of intelligence, but it's far less ag...

Scarlett Johansson Effortlessly Carries the Fun, Unscientific Lucy

With his stately drawl, Morgan Freeman has narrated nonfiction documentaries about penguins, slavery, the lemurs of Madagascar, ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and the expansion of the universe. His is a voice of authority tempered by warmth and wisdom, capable of evoking felt human experience ...

Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes Provides More Groans Than Laughs

With Jack Nicholson still enjoying his retirement, it falls to Michael Douglas to swoon over the oh-so-cutesy Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, a timid, elder rom-com in the same wheelhouse as the 2003 Nicholson-Keaton team-up Something's Gotta Give. A film of nothing but soft ...

Capsule Stage Reviews: July 24, 2014

All in the Timing Remember that old philosophy head-scratcher: Give a monkey a typewriter and enough time, and eventually he'll write Hamlet? That hardly gives proper credit to Shakespeare, but it says a great deal about Words, Words, Words, which happens to be the title of the ...

Capsule Art Reviews: July 24, 2014

"Altered Angles: George Grochocki & Shayne Murphy" Two very different painters are having their work shown at the sleek Anya Tish Gallery — both take chances, and are courageous. George Grochocki seems minimalist but gives a lot, relying on three-dimensional shaping and the wit of almos...

Conspiracy Theory?

Dear Mexican,

I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country or Kuala Lampur, the Garden City of Lights). Since I've been in this country, I've noticed there's a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I've talked to Me...

Life Itself Celebrates Roger Ebert — and the Critic's Capacity for Joy

To call Roger Ebert one of the great populist film critics is to damn him with faint praise. Though he took pride in working for the scrappier of the two Chicago dailies, the Sun-Times, and though we do have him to thank — or curse — for popularizing the thumbs-up/thumbs-down a...

A Most Wanted Man: Philip Seymour Hoffman Lends Le Carré Gravity

Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady and occasionally frustrated and that he hold secrets — of...

In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is the Best at Being the Worst

Uncomfortable-silence auteur Joe Swanberg has made a career of testing how much falseness you can strip out and still have a movie. What if people on-screen talked like people off it, and they spent as much time looking at phones and laptops as you do, and if their moments of realization — ...

Christmas in July: Tamarie Cooper Brings Us Another Summer Extravaganza at Catastrophic Theatre,

Not since our own Bayou City bodacious Botticelli beauty, Tamarie Cooper, sat and spun on her Sit 'n Spin in the fifth installment, I believe, of her original musical comedy summer extravaganzas once called Tamalalia has there been such a consistently hilarious show as her latest psychedel...

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