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Little Boy Shows How Far Films of Faith Have Fallen

Did you know that there's a new family-audience feature film that implies God nuked Japan because one plucky American moppet dared to dream? That's no exaggeration. In the summer of 1945, the kid stands on a California dock, points his fingers magician-style out at the Pacific horizon and screams...

Capsule Art Reviews: April 23, 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...

Capsule Stage Reviews: April 23, 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, ...

Roar Is an Odd and Near-Deadly Mad Anti-Masterpiece

A normal movie ends with the American Humane Association's assurance that "No animals were harmed." But Tippi Hedren's doomed 1981 obsession Roar isn't normal. The AHA's seal is the first thing on screen — yet, if the authorities had a safety code for humans, Roar would...

Ex Machina Is a Smart Film About the Shrinking Divide Between Man and Bot

Ex Machina is an egghead thriller with a scary selling point: Unlike Liam Neeson shooting up half of Boston, this actually could be taking place right now. It's a smart film about the shrinking divide between man and robot. It's also a hoot, an anti-comedy where all the jokes double...

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...

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