Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

Cary Darling

Houston Chronicle

Dallas, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Cary:

New Films: ‘The Invisible Man,’ ‘Emma’

The latest movies being released in the Houston area. → Read More

Tense ‘Invisible Man’ with Elisabeth Moss is about a woman

Moss gives a thrillingly physical performance in Leigh Whannell’s crafty reimagining of the H.G. Wells tale. → Read More

Made-in-Texas reality series 'Cheaters' set to return

The show, shot in Dallas, comes back in the fall with a new host, rapper Peter Gunz. → Read More

New Films: 'The Photograph,' 'The Last Thing He Wanted'

“The Assistant” Documentarian Kitty Green makes a fictional film set in the workaday world of a female assistant in an entertainment company run by an abusive boss. Julia Garner (“Ozark”) stars and any similarities to the Weinstein case, and all those that followed, are definitely intentional. Rated R. Playing at Landmark River Oaks, Houston. “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island” The original “Fantasy… → Read More

Here's what the new Alamo Drafthouse League City looks like

The Austin’s chain’s second Houston location is expected to open in the fall → Read More

'Man Standing Next' a powerhouse Korean thriller

The political thriller, based on the events that led up to the assassination of the South Korean president in 1979, is a fascinating history lesson. → Read More

New Films: 'Birds of Prey,' 'Citizen K'

Here are the new movies landing in Houston theaters this week. “2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts” While the big movies get the bulk of the media attention, the shorts often are equally entertaining. You can see them on the big screen before the Oscars in three separate programs: live action, animated and documentary. Unrated. Playing at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra, Katy;… → Read More

Houston area getting second Alamo Drafthouse

Southeast Texas is finally getting a second Alamo Drafthouse. The dine-in movie-theater chain out of Austin, known for its strict text-talk-die policies and stealthy → Read More

Watch Houston Texans' J.J. Watt on new 'SNL' promo

<p>The Houston Texan defensive end will be hosting</p> → Read More

Is ‘Quezon’s Game’ Another ‘Schindler’s List’?

The film details the real-life struggle of a Filipino president to bring Jews from Germany to the Philippines during WWII → Read More

New Films: 'The Rhythm Section,' 'Gretel & Hansel'

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts While the big movies get the bulk of the media attention, the shorts often are equally entertaining. You can see them on the big screen before the Oscars in three separate programs: live action; animated and documentary. Unrated. Playing at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Regal Houston MarqE 23, Houston; AMC Studio 30, Houston (Regal and AMC are not showing the… → Read More

New Films: 'Bad Boys for Life,' 'Weathering with You'

“Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo” Action-drama from India about the newborn sons of a millionaire and his driver being switched. Unrated. Playing at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston. “Ashfall” South Korean action-drama about a volcano erupting on beautiful Baekdu Mountain. It stars Lee Byung-hun from “The Magnificent Seven” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and Ma Dong-seok, aka Don Lee, from “Train to Busan”… → Read More

'Joker' has a lot to smile about with Oscar nominations

“Joker” leads the field of Oscar contenders for the 92nd Academy Awards with 11 nominations, including nods for best picture, director and actor (Joaquin Phoenix), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. Nipping at that movie’s heels are Sam Mendes’ “1917,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” each of which earned 10,… → Read More

'Ip Man 4: The Finale' disappoints

The “Ip Man” franchise may not have the global name-recognition of “Star Wars” but, for fans of Chinese martial-arts movies, it evokes almost equal allegiance. Which brings us to “Ip Man 4: The Finale,” the (theoretically, at least) last film in the series based on the adventures of the very real Ip Man, a Chinese martial-arts master who led a colorful life that included having Bruce Lee as a… → Read More

Review: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' a sweet goodbye

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” neither the best nor the worst of the “Star Wars” franchise, does exactly what it’s supposed to do: offer a heartfelt goodbye to a story arc and characters that have held pop culture in its thrall since first blasting its way on to screens in 1977. If it’s not all that it could have been, it’s also more than enough. In fact, “Skywalker” starts off with the… → Read More

'Hollywood,' 'Marriage Story' top nominations for Houston film critics' awards

Quentin Tarantino’s colorful recreation of late-60s LA, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” earned the most nominations for the upcoming 13th Houston Film Critics Society Awards honoring the best films of 2019, it was announced Sunday. The film’s seven nominations include nods for best picture, director, screenplay, and actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Noah Baumbach's drama of marital discord, "Marriage… → Read More

‘6 Underground’ with Ryan Reynolds is Michael Bay at his Bay-est

The action director returns with his first project for Netflix, a $150-million migraine masquerading as a movie that hits theaters and begins streaming Friday. → Read More

INXS' 'Live Baby Live' documentary captures a moment

Concert documentary from INXS’ 1991 Wembley Stadium performance shows a band at the top of its pop powers. → Read More

New Films: 'Marriage Story,' 'Playmobil: The Movie'

“The Aeronauts” Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne portray real-life hot-air balloon pioneers James Glaisher and Amelia Rennes who faced many life-and-death adventures. Tom Harper, who made last year’s acclaimed “Wild Rose,” directs. Rated PG-13. Playing at iPic Houston; Begins streaming on Amazon Prime Dec. 20. “A New Christmas” Two immigrants — he’s from South Asia, she’s from Kenya — find each… → Read More

‘Marriage Story’ with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver a searing portrait of love coming apart

If you’ve been kept in a cave for the past six months or so and go into director/writer Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story” knowing nothing about it beyond the title, you’ll think that you’re in for a light tale about a happily married couple. The movie’s first few moments — in which incredibly kind things are being voiced — certainly won’t disabuse you of that notion. This sounds like a young… → Read More