Large mats of water hyacinth have landed on the beaches, covering spots in front on the seawall and beyond.
There isn’t any brilliant filmmaking here, Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) doesn’t land the performance of the year.
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 thrilling scenes of chaos.
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 young people to cope with loss. There are many themes that run deep in Patrick Ness’ screenplay, based on a book he helped complete after the author’s own passing. A busy film that touches on bullying, cancer, parental separation and, of course, coming of age. Newcomer MacDougall (“Pan”) is surrounded by grade A supporting talent including Oscar nominee Jones (“Rogue One”), the iconic Weaver (“Chappie”) and the commanding voice behind the monster, Neeson.
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 “Moonlight,” the Academy might take credit for the diversity reversal, compared with last year’s #Oscarsowhite. The fact is “Hidden Figures,” along with the other films mentioned, are not a product of anything other than dang good filmmaking. This crowd pleaser has all the ingredients I believe a ticket buyer is looking for; an untold true story, honorable performances, equal moments of comedy and heartbreak, all combined in a swell of knowledge and admiration.
Oscar-nominated director John Madden’s career has taken interesting twists and turns since “Shakespeare in Love” won best picture in 1999.
The South American perspective of Jackie Kennedy is apparently similar to a horror movie seen through the eyes of director Pablo Larraín.
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.
There is no denying that Canadian Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the world’s most impressive rising directors.
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.
The only thing Antoine Fuqua’s version of “The Magnificent Seven” adds to the slew of remakes that came before is diversity.
“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 agenda or factual story he is peddling to the big screen. Still his former clout means something, as he boasts an impressive cast roster. His last decade of films “W.” (too soon), “World Trade Center” (way too soon), “Alexander” (a disaster) and the sequel to his 1987 “Wall Street” proved he is completely out of touch with what modern audiences want in a cinematic experience. “Snowden” also fails, as it doesn’t offer anything we don’t already know following numerous documentaries, articles, and interviews.
The film based on the incredible forced water landing of US Airways Flight 1549, isn’t structured like the Denzel Washington film "Flight."
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.
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season Sunday. Conductor Trond Saeverud talked about the program.
For all its artistry, “The Light Between Oceans” is missing something valuable, prohibiting it from achieving its full emotional potential.
Non-subscription, single ticket sales for The Grand’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Season begin at 9 a.m. Monday.
The two lead performances in “Hands of Stone” are the heart of the latest historical sports film.
Remakes have become a plague on American cinema.
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.
The sophomore script from Sheridan is the real main character in "Hell or High Water" and the most original writing I’ve seen this year.
Earlier this year, Hollywood took over the Galveston and Texas City area when Amazon’s “One Mississippi” came to town.
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. Greengrass returned to finish out the trilogy in “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007), but not without controversy from Damon, who publicly criticized writer Tony Gilroy’s script. The point is, Damon refused a fourth film, they made it without him. Ironically, it was directed by Gilroy. Once Greengrass agreed to do another, Damon returned, but this time also served as a producer. Damon only has 25 lines of dialogue in this action film that fills in the holes of Jason Bourne’s past. It’s also the first film for Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) since winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “The Danish Girl.”
"Captain Fantastic" generates discussion, insight, self-reflection and maybe even a little magic.
Subdued thriller “The Infiltrator” is everything last year's “Black Mass” wasn’t.
Local teacher Luke Hales will compete in an episode of Jeopardy that airs Friday.
The Bay Area Harbour Playhouse recently announced its silver anniversary season, celebrating 25 years.
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.
Farts have never been more central to a story, fun and moving.
Starting Sunday through July 2, Moody Gardens is inviting visitors to its Shark University Week at 1 Hope Blvd.
It’s not a great film, nor is an easy sit, but it’s the subject matter and the dedication here that make it admirable if nothing else.
The Historic Downtown Lofts Tour, sponsored by the Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership, has been rescheduled and is set to be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16.
The Health and Wellness Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Fitness Expo, Lunch and A Big Shot of Life with Bobby Whisnand, “The Exercise Doctor,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 in the ballroom of the San Luis Hotel, 5222 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.
Terri Wright, a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will teach a master class at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Artists in Motion Studio, 414 Laurel St.
The scripts in these films are so morbidly stupid that my brain just completely shuts off and thinks it’s time to sleep because of the lack in stimulation I am receiving on screen.
Amazon's "One Mississippi" is filming in parts of Galveston and Texas City through next week.
For better or worse, director James Wan has become the most sought after mainstream horror movie director. His ability to turn modestly priced thrillers like “The Conjuring” (2013), “Insidious" 1 and 2 (2010/2013) into cash cows have made him the studio's golden boy.
Out of more than 1,000 girls in a nationwide casting call, NBC has announced that League City native Maddie Baillio will play Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s “Hairspray Live.”
Texas’ only historic beachfront hotel — Hotel Galvez & Spa — will celebrate its 105th anniversary Friday at 2024 Seawall Blvd.
The city of Texas City recently announced its annual “Camp by the Bay” eight-week sessions beginning Monday and ending Aug. 5. The sessions will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 12.
The Galveston Beach Band kicks off the summer concert season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Sealy Avenue in the island's historic East End.
“Out of the Shadows” will likely have adult viewers running out of the theater.
Director Bryan Singer and the X-Men series is both the cause of the comic explosion on screen, (the 2000 film proved it was possible and profitable) and it’s also one of the few that dares to kill off major characters.
Too often the comedy interferes with the pace of the film, thankfully it’s unpredictability often saves it.
It’s a mediocre thriller with a handful of decent scenes, mostly involving George Clooney playing one of his better pompous roles and Julia Roberts cursing, making that vein pop on her forehead.
Galveston Arts Center will present "Love, Optimized," a provocative conceptual art exhibit that poses a fictional technology and design firm, Object Solutions. This pop-up exhibition will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the upstairs hallway of the center, 2127 Strand.
I’ll say this, one episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” any season's weakest episode, is more notable, suspenseful and gripping than this predictable piece of store-brand bowl of entertainment.
Why is it that the best horror films of the year are never really horror films?
This prequel/sequel (yes it’s both) is a mess from start to finish, yet it stands as another shining example of what happens when the business side interferes with the artistic side of movie making.
Galveston doesn’t hold a good track record for hosting celebrated cinematic achievements. “Last Man Club” (which will make it’s world premiere at WorldFest Houston) is the latest to use the island and county prominently in its film.
The Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival officially kicks off Thursday with events through Sunday in Galveston.
“Tammy,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Identity Theft” — Melissa McCarthy is following the same path of her male comedian counterparts by jumping into scripts that sell her one-note comedy routine.
Whether you’re already outnumbered by animals at your house, looking to adopt or aren’t in a position to take on a pet at this time, you can still help the homeless animals of Galveston this weekend at the Sales for Tails event.