“Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich,” by Norman Ohler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 304 pages, hardcover, $28
The ‘Fate’ of the series is secure. There will always be an audience for these films regardless of what implausibility they launch on screen or how poorly the actors deliver their lines. Universal’s mammoth franchise has even started to pull in Oscar winners like Charlize Theron (“Mad Max”) …
Well, I found it! No, not the best film of the year, but the yearly pre-award season movie I get excited for, based on an impeccable trailer and cast (that Sigur Rós music sealed the deal).
At the rate Hollywood is turning out space films, there isn’t much left to discover in the genre it seems. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44”) certainly makes a run at it though, re-teaming with his “Safe House” star Ryan Reynolds.
Disney’s third live action remake continues their quest to update the beloved cartoons for modern audiences. Oscar winner Bill Condon (“Chicago,” “The Twilight Saga”) returns to the world of the musical, introducing new songs in the fairy tale and more information on the characters.
Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, but this British production offers something slightly off the beaten path. Mike Carey’s novel and screenplay takes ideas from superhero films like “X-Men” and expects the audience to already know quite a bit of zombie history from other films.
Swedish director Lasse Hallström has made a career out of hit-or-miss feature films. One minute he has delivered Golden Globe nominated “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” an international romantic comedy.
Not the movie itself, but what director Peter Berg, and in part Mark Wahlberg, are doing feels exploitative, taking tragedies and turning a profit. That being said, “Patriots Day” (opening months after their Deepwater Horizon collaboration) showcases what Berg and his team does best, deliver…
In his first film since Oscar-nominated “The Impossible,” (coincidentally my favorite movie of 2012), J.A. Bayona continues his theme on suffering. Using mixed media of CGI characters, watercolor animation and live action, “A Monster Calls” is an emotional journey, perhaps even a tool for yo…
Following his 2014 indie “St. Vincent”, writer/director Theodore Melfi delivers one of 2016’s most heartwarming and rousing true stories. If Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) does snag her second Oscar nomination, along with presumed nominees from “Fences” and “Moonlig…
Author and first time screenwriter, J.K. Rowling says “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” isn’t a prequel to her Harry Potter story, but I think fans will beg to differ when they get goose bumps from hearing names like Dumbledore, Strange and Grindelwald.
Two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”, “Apocalypto”) continues his 2016 comeback, this time back in the director’s chair, for the first time in a decade.
Why are these films so bad, and why do they keep getting made? When Tom Hanks did the first “Da Vinci Code” (2006) film it was a hit because of the fandom with the books, but was poorly received.
By far the most entertaining film I saw back at SXSW this past spring was “In a Valley of Violence.” Horror actor, writer, director Ti West (“The Sacrament”) delivers his most accessible work to date, a Western set in 1890 of all things.
“The Accountant” has been swirled in secrecy, skipping film festivals, withdrawing from pre screenings. Unlike “The Girl on the Train” which dodged its way into a wide release, Affleck’s latest dark thriller packs an unusual punch.
The comparisons with “12 Years a Slave” will be impossible to avoid. Both true stories focus on slaves during the early 1800s, both films distributed by Fox Searchlight, but the similarities really end there.
The latest Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg collaboration proves the filmmaking duo have discovered a formula that has a broad mainstream appeal.
“Snowden” has problems, and it starts with director Oliver Stone. The controversial, three time Oscar winner hasn’t really made a good film since 1995’s “Nixon” (ironically the last time he was nominated). His notion of more being more always distracts and takes away from whatever current ag…
The Sunday performance is a Pops Concert featuring Broadway classics and includes the world premiere of “Galveston Survives,” an original composition by Galveston’s own Izola Collins.
Galveston Arts Center will present a group show entitled "New Beginnings: The Shape of Things to Come" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 in the downstairs gallery of the Center, 2127 Strand St. An artists talks event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Galveston Art League Gallery will be accepting entries into its Fall Juried Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at 2117A Postoffice St.
After leaving his post as executive chef at Santa Fe’s Haak Vineyards & Winery in December, Tyler Henderson moved to Colorado and took the title of executive chef at Plate, a local eatery in Durango.
“Suicide Squad” is DC’s answer to Marvel’s “Deadpool.” Ayer has already stated he wants to explore an R-rated sequel, which shouldn’t be hard to pull off considering the success of Marvel's R-rated venture combined with the interest in releasing an R-rated version of “Batman v Superman."
The “Bourne” series, which began in 2002 with director Doug Liman, instantly became Oscar-winner Matt Damon’s most successful acting venture. The 2004 sequel “The Bourne Supremacy” was handed over to director Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “Captain Phillips”), who revitalized the series. Gree…
This is nothing more than a copycat of previous Efron movies and the clichéd immature “bro” movies where they learn a valuable lesson the hard way and end the film with a musical performance and one more sex scene.