Of the more than 40 feature-length films at this year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival, eight — or approximately 20 percent — could safely be called “music movies”: one classic comedy starring a popular ’90s rap duo, a new film about a Sinatra-style lounge singer looking to regain his mojo, and six documentaries that cover everything from a youth orchestra in poverty-stricken Paraguay to the late Lone Star legends Janis Joplin and Doug Sahm. Now in its seventh year, the HCAF offers plenty to do besides watch movies – short films, animation, panels, artist’s talks, a “Meet the Makers” brunch, and an appearance by Houston native and Boyhood director Richard Linklater — but to us the festival’s especially strong musical component is its biggest selling point.

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