Joe Leydon is a regional correspondent and critic for Variety and an instructor at Sam Houston State University, Houston Community College, and the University of Houston. He was film critic for The Houston Post from 1982 to 1995. Since the paper closed, he has reviewed movies for KPRC-TV and the San Francisco Examiner, and written for The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, and MovieMaker Magazine. In his other life, he is a cowboy, which is why he also is a contributing editor for Cowboys & Indians magazine. 

QFest

The 19th Annual Houston QFest Kicks Off This Week

The yearly LGBTQ movie festival returns with an eclectic lineup.

07/21/2015 With Joe Leydon

film

New Documentary Examines New Orleans After Katrina

14 Pews will host a free screening of Getting Back to Abnormal on Tuesday night, featuring a Q&A with co-director Paul Stekler

05/08/2015 By Joe Leydon

cinema

"Noted Showgirls Historian" To Provide Live Commentary Tonight at Alamo Drafthouse

Seattle-based writer David Schmader has made a career out of mocking the infamous 1995 cult classic.

04/13/2015 By Joe Leydon

film

Previewing WorldFest 2015

This year's line-up includes a documentary about the Kilgore Rangerettes, a martial arts film and an anti–global warming polemic.

04/09/2015 By Joe Leydon

Festivals

Preview: The Theremin Hits Houston

The peculiar electronic instrument enjoys a rare limelight at this year’s Bayou City Music and Film Festival.

11/30/2014 By Joe Leydon

film

Your Guide to the Sixth Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival

The five-day, 50-film festival features celebrity appearances and screenings of major Oscar contenders.

11/12/2014 By Joe Leydon

interview

Super-Producer Ted Hope Discusses the Business of Film

The indie legend has worked on movies like The Ice Storm, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and In the Bedroom.

09/19/2014 By Joe Leydon

film

Truffaut Retrospective Revisits Work of a Modern Master

The Museum of Fine Arts's 13-film festival devoted to the great French new wave director begins with The 400 Blows.

09/01/2014 By Joe Leydon

Article

Italian Filmmaker Wins International Acclaim for His "Texas Trilogy"

Shot on location in Houston, Austin, and Waller, Stop The Pounding Heart, the final film in Houston-based filmmaker Roberto Minervini's trilogy of quasi-documentaries, examines the conflict between religion and romantic attraction.

08/08/2014 By Joe Leydon

Reminiscence

Roger and Me

New documentary about Roger Ebert prompts local film critic Joe Leydon to reflect on their long friendship.

07/25/2014 By Joe Leydon

film

QFest Gives New Meaning to Summer Camp

The long-running LGBT film festival is back with a new slate of films, including a 1980s Pia Zadora howler.

07/23/2014 By Joe Leydon

Open Road

Dos Texans

Reconnecting with our Texas roots in Brenham and College Station.

09/03/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt

That Other Level

The Geto Boys and Public Enemy Together, 25 Years Ago

The Geto Boys and Public Enemy together, 25 years ago, and other photos from the archive of former GBs DJ Ready Red.

08/28/2013 By John Nova Lomax

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Sketches: Cary Reeder Goes Solo at Lawndale (VIDEO)

Local artist captures historic homes before they vanish.

08/21/2013 By Peter Holley

Breakfast Spots

Drive-through Breakfast Tacos

Chacho's has great breakfast tacos—and it's open 24 hours.

07/02/2013 By Robb Walsh

Beauty Review

Is BH Cosmetics for Real?

Our makeup junkie decides to see for herself.

06/26/2013 By Rachel Foster

Catch of the Day

Jean-Philippe Gaston's New Tasting Menus Dazzle at Cove

The Wednesday-only tasting menus are as close to Nobu as you'll get in Houston.

06/20/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt