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'Song One' lowers volume on love to good effect
Entertainment
Published in 22-1-2015
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The gooey premise of "Song One" would probably make "Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks proud: A young woman develops feelings for a folk musician who is the idol of her comatose brother. Flynn gets his musical moments right, but he doesn't have the nonverbal chops to match Hathaway. To be fair, director Kate Barker-Froyland has more than romance on her mind, and she crafts a nuanced ending t ...>>
Music aside, little is sprightly in fairy tale
Entertainment
Published in 22-1-2015
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There are good things in the animated musical fantasy "Strange Magic": the ultra-detailed, photorealistic animation; the name-that-tune pleasures of a mashup-jukebox soundtrack; fine vocal performances from the cast's actor-singers; and a transcendent sequence featuring the 1975 title song. The beautiful fairy Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) is set to marry handsome but loathsome fairy Roland (S ...>>
'Boy Next Door' a troubled, cliché-filled mess
Entertainment
Published in 22-1-2015
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[...] the trailer alone for "The Boy Next Door" was already getting laughs and not for the right reasons, especially for the not-so-subtle phrase "I love your mom's cookies." The high school Advanced Placement classics teacher (I'm not making that up) has been struggling with a troubled marriage: Why Lopez decided to do this inept, cliché-infested film is anyone's guess.
Nickelodeon remixes its formula
Entertainment
Published in 22-1-2015
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For years, Nickelodeon arranged and rearranged those children's sitcom building blocks to spectacular effect. [...] children - as ratings declines have taught Nickelodeon and its cable competitors - don't devour entertainment as mindlessly as they used to. [...] Hicks is throwing out some of the cookie cutters and trying to make series for children that reflect more of the sophisticati ...>>
Frequent towing and confusing parking signs leave rock club fans fuming
Entertainment
Published in 15-1-2015
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If you have gone to see a show at indie club Walter's, located within blocks of Downtown Houston, you have no doubt worried about your car being where you left it once the amps quieted and the bands were loading out.

Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions
Entertainment
Published in 15-1-2015
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Like Bernstein exploring Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in one of his trailblazing television talks, Orozco-Estrada will discuss the intricacies and beauties of a major orchestral work in each program, beginning Thursday with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, subtitled "The Year 1917." [...] a talented cast of five singers/actors does nicely by the exceptional (and challengi ...>>
Love, crisis cohabit in new comedy
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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"Togetherness" may work as a better title, though, because it more accurately reflects the compellingly credible mix of comedy and more serious stuff that happens when four people share living space. Brett works as a sound tech in the movie industry. What he doesn't like are egomaniacal, half-crazy directors who keep their sound guys waiting for hours and insist that real coyote howls aren& ...>>
'Selma' marches well to beat of dramatic moment
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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Aside from the accidents of age, size and appearance, Oyelowo has studied King's gestures, not only his public manner - his dramatic use of his arms and hands - but his more private side, the weary yet determined quality he had in one-on-one interviews. [...] this is a remarkable performance, remarkable not only in its force but in its strength and precision. [...] it's a very good mov ...>>
Anderson's 'Vice' inherently half baked
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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The old justifications, such as, "He makes great films, unless you're stupid enough to expect them to make sense or be satisfying," don't work anymore. Boring an audience with a pointless, meandering story does not constitute brazen defiance against the tyranny of narrative. [...] that's the problem. An ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) shows up one evening and asks him to inve ...>>
'General Tso' serves up more than a dish
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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The top-billed star of "The Search for General Tso" gets its close-up in the opening scene: the staging of that namesake chicken dish for a menu photo shoot. [...] like so many "in search of" documentary journeys before it, Ian Cheney's roundabout talking-heads film has bigger quarry in mind; it looks at Chinese-American assimilation, the useful adaptability of cuisine and the complicated cu ...>>
Winning modern Korean fare at Dosi
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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With its pewtery tones and sleek cove lighting, Dosi looks more like a high-end club than a typical Houston Korean restaurant. Chefs Jordan Asher and Daniel Toro work deftly in an idiom to which neither was born, fashioning dishes that make interesting use of Korean fermenting and drying techniques while balancing the cuisine's red-chile heat and currents of sweetness with exhilarating ex ...>>

Culture Scene: Jan. 1-7
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
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Main Street Theatre stages the revue that collects 30 classic songs from a dozen Stephen Sondheim musicals - and repurposes them to portray the cross-currents among two married couples and one "extra man" at a cocktail party. Previews at 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; opens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 1; Main Street Theater at ...>>
Printer-friendly online menu is a plus
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    1512 Visits
Irv Smith writes, While driving en route to a new-for-us restaurant, my wife likes to review a copy of the menu so we can discuss what's available. French Dip Sandwich and tomato soup were wonderful. Jackie Low writes, When we take friends, local or out-of-town, out for a special meal, our choice is the Herb Cafe and Market in Dickinson. Among my favorites are the chicken salad on a pretze ...>>
'Big Bang Theory' actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting says she is not a feminist
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
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One of television's highest paid actresses recently spoke to Redbook about her marriage and career telling the magazine she doesn't consider herself a feminist.

Laughs shall not be vanquished in 'Galavant'
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    1015 Visits
Fairy tales, fractured or intact, never seem to go out of style, and the evidence is right in front of us with the new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and ABC's effectively ridiculous music spoof, "Galavant," an eight-episode series kicking off with two episodes on Sunday. Galavant (Joshua Sasse) is a gallant, predictably self-centered knight who falls in love wit ...>>


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