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Joe Leydon

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JOE LEYDON is an award-winning film critic for Variety, the premier showbiz newspaper and website, and an adjunct professor at Houston Community College and University of Houston.  He also is a blogger at MovingPictureBlog.blogspot.com, a contributing writer for MovieMaker magazine, communications director for Cowboys & Indians magazines, a Q&A host at the Denver and Nashville film festivals, a contributing critic for Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, and author of the book Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See (Michael Wiese Productions). From 1982 until 1995, he was film critic for The Houston Post. From 1995 until 1999, he was a film critic and entertainment reporter for KPRC-TV. (Several interviews he did with celebrities during this period can be seen on YouTube.) More recently, he has reviewed films and DVDs forThe San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC.com, The Katy Courier and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leydon also has written for New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star and Austin American-Statesman. He has appeared as a guest on the television programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann, At the Movies, Kudlow & Cramer andMSNBC Live.  A New Orleans native, Leydon earned a BA degree in Journalism at Loyola University in N.O., and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications Studies at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.  He is the proud father of George Leydon, who is an outstanding young man almost entirely because of his mother, Anne Sarsonas Leydon.  

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Cinco de Mayo Flicks

Toast Cinco de Mayo with these 5 great movies

By Joe Leydon

What should a cineaste select to see while celebrating Cinco de Mayo? There are mucho options, to be sure, but here are five diversas peliculas that run the gamut from ...


SXSW Film Preview

Take 21: The hits just keep on coming at the SXSW Film Festival

By Joe Leydon

There was a time when the SXSW Film Conference and Festival could unassumingly unspool mostly on two or three screens of Austin’s old Dobie Theatre. A time when decision-makers ...


Best & Worst Oscar Moments

Oscars 2014: Best and worst moments, including Matthew McConaughey's victory dance

By Joe Leydon

After devoting most of the last six months handicapping the Oscar race, movie bloggers likely will spend most of the next 36 hours trashing Sunday’s evening’s Academy Awards ...


Oscars: They're Off!

Oscars snubs and surprises: 3-way race for Best Picture, no love for Disney

By Joe Leydon

It strikes me as entirely apt, and deliciously ironic, that I started out Thursday morning by doing a phone interview with legendary jockey Calvin Borel for an upcoming issue of ...


Drunk Stars at Golden Globes

Drunk stars galore (and one gentleman Leo) prevail at sloshy Golden Globes

By Joe Leydon

I have to ask: Was Leonardo DiCaprio the only major star not inebriated at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not so prudish ...


Gifts for Film Buffs

8 last-minute gift suggestions for movie lovers (and proud Texans)

By Joe Leydon

Yes, Virginia, you still have time to select appropriate presents for the movie lovers on your Christmas list. Here are eight recommendations, ranging from a 2013 release of special interest ...


All About Oscar

The Butler didn't do it: Golden Globe nominations set off Oscar predictions

By Joe Leydon

The Golden Globe nominations were announced early Thursday, and you know what that means, right? No, not that snobbish film critics will start making jokes about the taste and intelligence ...


Top Holiday Films

10 don't-miss movies of the holiday season

By Joe Leydon

We have made a list — and checked it twice — to ascertain what’s in store for audiences during the holiday movie season. It’s quite possible that one or two ...


Paul Walker's Best Performance

Before tragic death, Paul Walker gave performance of his career in new film

By Joe Leydon

Chalk it up as a tragic irony of an untimely demise: At the time he was killed Saturday in a Los Angeles auto mishap at the ridiculously young age of ...


Mondo Cinema

Saturday Night Live star finds the joy of playing it straight in Nebraska

By Joe Leydon

After years of broadly comical hijinks as a worthy successor to the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Will Forte is ready for his close-up as a serious dramatic ...


The Oscar Race Is On

Texas films and other Oscar hopefuls crowd Toronto International Film Festival roster

By Joe Leydon

Each year, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival dazzle tens of thousands of filmmakers, journalists and ticket-buying movie buffs by programming the most important event of its kind in ...


Funny Lady Lake

Lake Bell finds the funny on both sides of the camera in In a World...

By Joe Leydon

In a world where talented but underemployed people often become multitaskers to control their own destiny, Lake Bell has given herself a world-class showcase — and created something hugely entertaining in ...


Movies Are My Life

Shaun of the Dead team tackle extraterrestrial invaders in The World's End

By Joe Leydon

After playing fast and loose with the conventions of zombie thrillers in Shaun of the Dead, and then transporting the tropes of supercop action flicks to a quiet English hamlet ...


A Waste of Star Talent

Lee Daniels' The Butler fails to deliver on tragic and triumphant story

By Joe Leydon

The newly released Lee Daniels’ The Butler is just good enough to make you wish it were much better. The film — originally known simply as The Butler before a protracted ...


Woody Allen Winner

Cate Blanchett shines in title role of shocking and mysterious Blue Jasmine

By Joe Leydon

There is more than a hint of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche DuBois in the title character Cate Blanchett plays so precisely and affectingly in Blue Jasmine (at Violet Crown Cinema), Woody ...


Springsteen & I

Crowd-sourced rockumentary captures Bruce Springsteen fan fervor

By Joe Leydon

Call it a crowd-sourced rockumentary, and you won’t be far off the mark. Springsteen & I — which screens Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 30, in Austin and some 500 ...


At the Movies

R.I.P.D.: At least this loud and clunky movie doesn't suck

By Joe Leydon

As expensive and useless as something you’d buy in a duty-free store, R.I.P.D. appears to be the work of filmmakers who saw Men in Black at ...


Movies Are My Life

10 Summer Movies you need to see: A guide to avoiding horrible flicks

By Joe Leydon

The big news at the megaplexes during the long Memorial Day weekend was the box-office faceoff between two highly hyped sequels: Fast & Furious 6, yet another guilty-pleasure installment in the ...


The Review is In

Iron Man 3 kicks off summer movie season with ingenious plot twist

By Joe Leydon

Don’t know about you, but if I’d recently tangled with gadzillions of unfriendly extra-terrestrials, and flown through a worm-hole to dispose of an inconvenient nuclear missile, and almost ...


At the Movies

Mondo Cinema: Colin Firth takes on a new identity

By Joe Leydon

How far do you have go to get from where – and who – you are? Hard to say. But in the world according to Arthur Newman — a subtle and insinuating indie ...


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