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Capsule Stage Reviews: March 5, 2015

The Blackest Shore Catastrophic Theatre brings the work of New York-based up-and-coming playwright Mark Schultz to us twice this season. Closing out the year is Schultz's play Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy, a show about teen girl anguish. On offer now i...

Capsule Art Reviews: March 5, 2015

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden There is a hidden treasure tucked away next to a parking lot, a remarkable collection of majestic sculptures by internationally famed artists, on display behind attractive stone walls in an open-air park; it is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's...

Second Best Ain't Bad: Here's a silver medal for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Almost immediately after it was released, the 2011 stealth hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel became more a punchline than a movie. Who knew "older" people were so starved for pictures featuring gorgeously shot exotic locales, not to mention people falling in love, falling out of love or desperat...

Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars Has Little Fire, but Julianne Moore Is Grand

Is it possible to essentially like a movie yet feel revulsion toward its script? David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is clearly intended as a sharp satire of Hollywood ambition, vanity, avarice and emptiness, and in places it's smart and astringently funny. Yet it seems to be fight...

Jan Jarboe Russell: The Train to Crystal City

It’s a little known and dark episode in Texas history: the WWII family internment camp in Crystal City. Thousands of German and Japanese immigrants — and their American-born children — were held in the Crystal City facility, deep in South Texas. Jan Jarboe Russell, a contrib...

Focus Is a Bright Trifle That Shows Off Margot Robbie Like a Diamond

If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus's Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite. Robbie is too beautiful to play normal, too sly to play nice. Miscast as a shy saint in Craig Zobel's upcoming Sundance hit Z for Zachariah,...

Capsule Stage Reviews: February 26, 2015

The Blackest Shore Catastrophic Theatre brings the work of New York-based up-and-coming playwright Mark Schulz to us twice this season. Closing out the year is Schultz's play Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy, a show about teen girl anguish. On offer now is...

Capsule Art Reviews: February 26, 2015

"Mel Chin: Rematch" For the next few months, Houston-born and raised Mel Chin will be taking up practically the whole art atmosphere of the city with his 40-year retrospective. It's a progressive art feast so big that it takes four museums to hold it all. And as a special treat for hometown f...

Sadly, the Latest Hot Tub Time Machine Is on the Fritz

Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison and returned to their timeline as gods. Thusly, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hailed as a minor deity: He'd taken a dumber-than-huffing-hairspray premise and...

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel

Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison and returned to their timeline as gods. Thusly, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was hailed as a minor deity: He’d taken a dumber-than-huffing-hairspra...

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