• ‘Killer Joe’
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey,
  • Emile Hirsch
  • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Rated: NC-17

This indie film playing now at the River Oaks Theater in Houston is gaining more attention for the NC-17 rating it earned rather than the movie itself. Yes, there are a couple of scenes that are ultra violent, but honestly, I’ve seen worse on cable television.


With the summer film season coming to a close, the box office winner will be “The Avengers” with “The Dark Knight Rises” a close second; both earned $100 million-plus. Already trailers for fall and holiday season movies are popping up in theaters, signaling that it’s time to look ahead.

September has never been a strong month for movie openings. Vacations end, school starts and the box office take goes down. The releases for September are usually weak, with one huge exception for 2012.


Gift of Life promotes ovarian cancer awareness.


Saving lives can be hard work, and nobody works harder than the staff and volunteers at the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program. Aug. 13 they were honored by the Jefferson County Commissioners Court for their efforts to boost ovarian cancer awareness.

  • Hope Springs’
  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directed by: David Frankel
  • Rated: PG-13

If you are expecting a light-hearted affair about the golden years of marriage, that’s a fair expectation. But this dramedy defies the standard definition of romantic comedy with its frank look at intimacy issues.


Several terrific dance numbers make this sequel, with its weak plot, fun for teenage dance freaks

  • ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
  • Starring: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Rated: PG-13

Enough of wondering if this delightful new movie from Wes Anderson is going to come to local theaters — just be glad it is within driving distance because it’s worth the trip.


“Pleasant” is the very first word that comes to mind when you have an enjoyable visit and delicious meal with the Millers at Pine Tree Lodge in LaBelle. First fun thing that happened on our recent visit was that the lady’s voice in our GPS kept repeating “label” for the word “LaBelle,” but we arrived just the same after checking the various directions given for the scenic restaurant along the banks of Taylor Bayou in Southeast Texas.

  • ‘The Watch’
  • Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn
  • Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
  • Rated: R

If no one turned out last weekend to watch “The Watch,” don’t blame the wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympics. There just wasn’t much to see. This is not a total disaster, but it comes close.


Beaumont’s Hip, New Place: The Belly Dance Studio, celebrated its grand opening July 13 by offering free classes at their Calder Avenue location. The Belly Dance Studio’s mission to provide women with wellness classes that help to strengthen the body and the soul.


That’s right! It is that time of the year when Southeast Texans clear calendars and make plans to be on hand for one of the most anticipated events in our area — A Tasting for Some Other Place. This year, the plans are bigger and better than ever, and mouths are already watering thinking of what will be available to share with friends and family. Be on hand on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.