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Archive for: August, 2016

Nobody likes Houston. It’s an oil-crazed, sweaty city with more cars than people; ugly and chaotic; crime-ridden and polluted; just too damn big and always, always, always under construction. But Houston doesn’t hide its flaws coated in shiny paint or behind gated communities (except you, River Oaks). We’re all aware...

There was a moment when, like it or not, I became a Houstonian. It began with a friend from high school. She was visiting from North Texas, and I was to show around the city. It felt like Judgment Day, the way she asked it, her eyes wide and scrutinizing and her brown hair wavy and curling over. We were no longer...

“Ben-Hur” The new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s novel sees a titular nobleman (Jack Huston) placed into slavery by his adoptive brother, Messala (Toby Kebbell). So begins Ben-Hur’s journey to settle the score that will involve encountering Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro) and winning a deadly chariot race. Not sure if this is the...

Game developer Square Enix’s latest filmmaking attempt misses full potential again. But, again, the effort they have invested to get there is most admirable. Like 2001’s “The Spirits Within” and 2005’s “Advent Children,” the film pushes the boundaries of how stories can be told across media forms and, especially,...

On the second-most diverse campus that’s filled with 40,000 students, one thing is clear: it’s not enough to just be a student. To stick out and really develop a sustainable university and culture, it takes leaders who, beyond classes, are working to create discussion, make change and vouch for each other. The following...

Welcome to the first installment of “In the Frame.” This is a biweekly series that will feature a cast or crew member working in a new release this weekend who, despite not necessarily being high-profile, deserves attention. Read on! It took him two-and-a-half minutes to rekindle everybody’s fear of the dark. That amount...

“Coming from a marketing background, one of my obsessions is studying user behavior—how do people interact with something,” Nguyen said. | Courtesy of Tri Nguyen If you lure them, they will come. Besides concerts and New Year’s Eve, Pokemon Go can prompt the masses (of customers and Pokemon) to gather at certain...

For his entrance into a kitchen full of people, Jared Leto’s Joker opens the scene saying, “blah, blah, blah.” Not exactly the right way to start a conversation, but that is the quintessential Mr. J. Also not right, and much less forgiving, is the film’s opening. There’s little logic in introducing characters A and B,...

This weekend two weird films will grace moviegoers — a House of Cards star is transformed into a fluffy house cat and a band of villains starring as protagonists. “Nine Lives” After “Wild Wild West” and the “Men in Black” series, director Barry Sonnenfeld decides to up his wacky filmography game further. Billionaire Tom...

Who needs the gym when this week’s new releases can get audiences moving? The hard decision lies in choosing what to run toward: wealth, truth or all-out fun. “Nerve”   See a new, sinister, spin on “Truth or Dare?” when Vee (Emma Roberts) and Ian (Dave Franco) become players of an app in which audiences challenge them to...