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Online Thriller Unfriended is the Rare Good Film About the Internet

The trolling is coming from inside the house! Mere emojis can't capture the plugged-in joys of the first hour or so of haunted-internet teen flick Unfriended, which knives with dexterous wit The Way We Live Now. Here's a clutch of horny high school dopes hanging out on Skype, gettin...

With Broken Horses, an Indian Master Aims for Amerindie Suspense

The most profitable film in the history of India is the romantic comedy 3 Idiots, which, according to the formal strictures of its industry, is a jolly and epic musical that runs about 70 minutes per idiot. For beautiful YouTube dada, it's hard to beat "Zoobi Doobi," a sexy goof of a cabar...

Disney’s Monkey Kingdom Is Wonderful and Full of Lies

Truth in film takes another jolly beating in Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, a documentary-like nature flick with the last-century chutzpah to pass off its marvelous footage of some months in the life of a single-mom macaque as a full-fledged princess story, with three acts, a tearfu...

Capsule Stage Reviews: April 16, 2015

The Cherry Orchard Recently Houston's theater scene has been blessed with some very fine Chekhov knockoffs: last season's superlative rendition of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Alley; and, recently, a regional premiere, also superlatively produced, ...

Capsule Art Reviews: April 16, 2015

"AT the Core of the Algorithm" Upon entering Hiram Butler Gallery to see Michael Petry's "AT the Core of the Algorithm" installation, one might quickly decide that everything could be seen within five seconds. However, if a visitor looks beyond the simple beauty of hanging glass globes, th...

True Story Aims to Expose Journalistic Malpractice but Mostly Exposes James Franco

The sequence that opens True Story tells you plenty about what you're in for: A rumpled teddy bear drifts down from our vantage point like a puffy brown snowflake, landing with slow-motion deliberateness on the form of a PJ-clad toddler curled up in a suitcase, seemingly asleep. She...

Capsule Stage Reviews: April 9, 2015

Shadowlands Not since Barbara Stanwyck, as self-sacrificing mother Stella Dallas (1937), who peered into that upper-crust window to see her daughter finally find happiness, has there been such a weepie as William Nicholson's love story Shadowlands. Perhaps Erich Segal's Lo...

Capsule Art Reviews: April 9, 2015

Capsule reviews by Joelle Jameson, Randy Tibbits and Susie Tommaney

"Barnett Newman: The Late Works" "Barnett Newman: The Late Works," which recently opened at The Menil Collection, is the venue's major show of the spring season. It's the first close look at the late-career ...

Has Marvel Finally Figured Out How to Make Daredvil Work On Screen?

The screen version of any long-running comic-book superhero inevitably feels thin compared to the richly detailed idea of that hero in the minds of the fans who grew up with it. Five movies in, no Hollywood Spider-Man has yet embodied, all at once, the comic iteration's glorious contradictions. H...

Nicholas Sparks’s Bull-Riding Romance The Longest Ride Is Total BS and Totally Great

The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks's most ambitious novel. Instead of one couple, there's two — and he's even stretched out of his blond/Southern/Christian comfort zone to make the older pair Jewish. For balance, and for pandering to the powerful conservative audience who mad...

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