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Hailed ‘National Gallery’ Documentary Comes to CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The year 2014 has been such a good one for feature films about the visual arts — both fictional and documentaries — that its offerings just won’t end.  

Watching and Interpreting the Lives of Others

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Selma captures the life and times of a movement distilled down to a chapter in one man’s journey.
  

The Future Is Now: A Sneak Peek at the Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
As a critic or cultural commentator, you are required to turn the page, flip the switch, or do whatever you have to do as quickly (and as smoothly) as possible when it comes to year end/new year coverage.   

From Film to Streaming: Time and Technology Wait for No One

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Movie culture has undergone a sea change as theaters of every stripe move to digital projection, a turnabout that has had more of an impact than might meet the eye.
  

With MUBI, the Film Revolution Streams at Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Since signing up, I have embarked on an old-school word of mouth campaign in support of MUBI, whispering in the ears of cineastes in my inner circle, teasing them with hints about its possibilities.
  

A Master of Art Forgery Eludes Dogged Local Tracker

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The dynamic between art forger Mark Landis and former museum registrar/Cincinnati resident Matthew Leininger is the mythic and existential stuff of legends.  

Legendary Still Photographer Douglas Kirkland Looks Past the Frames

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I was able to peruse Kirkland’s latest monograph — Douglas Kirkland: A Life in Pictures — and what struck me, right from the start, was his voice.  

Paul Haggis Keeps ‘Third Person’ a Remote Exercise

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
“Watch me.” The line of dialogue is whispered during a couple of key sequences in Third Person, the new film from Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning director of Crash (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). As you might imagine, the phrase insinuates itself dramatically into the hearts of the characters who hear it, as they attempt to heed the call.  

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Review)

Geniunely goofy film adaptation stays true to its source

0 Comments · Friday, June 10, 2011
Megan McDonald, the writer behind the beloved children’s series of books based on the Judy Moody character, teams up with television screenwriter Kathy Waugh and director John Schultz to bring Judy (Jordana Beatty) to life in this genuinely goofy adaptation that dares to remain faithful to its third-grade-reader roots by not pandering with inappropriate pop-cultural references to lure in teens or adults. Grade: C-plus.  

Building a New Metropolis

Local filmmaker explores the challenges facing America’s first suburbs

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It it perceived that talented and creative people leave our cities and others for bigger and supposedly better environs. But Cincinnati resident and award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Torrice claims our city as inspiration.   

Several new DVDs beg the question: What makes a movie star?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Since I started teaching film feature and review courses as an adjunct two years ago, first at Xavier University and now with the University of Cincinnati  

Film: Review: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Romanian abortion drama uses hyper-realism to powerful effect

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
What keeps film alive as a creative artistic medium is the influx of exciting, challenging new movies from countries we never expected to be factors in contemporary cinema. The latest is Romania  

Film: Review: The Dark Knight

The latest Batman movie delivers more than a menacing farewell performance

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here is the ugly truth nobody at Warner Bros. can possibly utter aloud: The death of Heath Ledger will be good for The Dark Knight's bottom line. Make no mistake, the movie was going to be huge   

Film: Review: Hellboy II

Guillermo del Toro delivers an entertaining, surprisingly light sequel

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy sequel is a simultaneously exhilarating and underwhelming experience due to the idleness of its characters and nebulous subplot elements that contrast against the di  

Film: Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jules Verne goes 3-D with fun summer treatment

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This maiden feature-length digital 3-D movie is a breathtaking adaptation of Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel, filled with eye-pleasing gags and sudden shocks of surprise that fall under the s