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Film: Review: Street Kings

David Ayer's violent drama investigates modern big-city police work

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Based on James Ellroy's novel, Street Kings is set in Los Angeles' blood-soaked streets, traversed by widowed LAPD Detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) whose carte blanche methods of obliteratin  

Film: Review: Leatherheads

George Clooney brings home a romantic comedy with mixed results

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
When George Clooney brought the Leatherheads premiere to Maysville, Ky., last week, it was a good deed done right. On a cold night, some 2,000 people crowded Main Street in the picturesque, histo  

Film: Good Rockin' Tonight

John Sayles' Honeydripper mines old-school R&B and Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Fans of Cincinnati's King Records who believe that the label's post-war African-American hits changed history will find more support in Honeydripper, the 16th and latest movie from director/wri  

Film: Angel of Authenticity

David Gordon Green discusses Snow Angels and the brilliance of Sam Rockwell

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
David Gordon Green's acclaimed but little-seen films are rife with authentic characters and real emotions. His debut, George Washington (2000), employed a cast of non-actors to tell the simple, l  

Film: Review: Nanking

Excellent documentary looks at Japanese brutality toward the Chinese during WWII

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Ever since Schindler's List and the 1994 Rwandan genocide, there have been a spate of movies dramatic and documentary trying to shed light on the way modern warfare increasingly has become about  

Film: Review: Funny Games

Michael Haneke remakes his own brutal satire for U.S. audiences

0 Comments · Saturday, March 15, 2008
Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke has remade his own controversial 1997 film, in which he effectively mocked American cinema's love for violence by pushing the limits of cinematic sadomaso  

Film: The Enchanter

Amy Adams has many golden days ahead of her

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Enchanted, Disney's blockbusting mix of live-action and animation, musical and romantic drama, earned multiple Best Song nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which m  

Film: The Documentarian Strikes Back

Alex Gibney discusses his acclaimed documentary Taxi to the Dark Side

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. -- Henry Miller George W. Bush's presidency might end in January, but his administration's legacy of corruption will be deep and lasting. The   

Film: Review: Taxi to the Dark Side

Alex Gibney's searing documentary investigates U.S. interrogation tactics

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sometimes I feel like the only person who remembers pre-9/11 New York City. Back before I moved to Cincinnati in 2000, I remember watching reports and coverage of news stories from the city dealin  

Film: Review: Vantage Point

The first great thriller of 2008 is more than meets the eye

0 Comments · Friday, February 22, 2008
Director Pete Travis has turned debut screenwriter Barry Levy's Rashomon-inspired script about an assassination attempt against a U.S. president on a visit to Salamanca, Spain, into a dizzyingly  

Film: Black Film from a Black Perspective

Pamela Thomas' 'Midnight Ramble' shines a light on black film history

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Due in part to our complicated racial history in the United States, the African-American experience comes filtered through its engagement with mainstream culture and the greater society. What we,  

Film: Review: Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's comedy suffers from a lack of focus

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
If you're reading this paper, you probably feel a fundamental sympathy for the idea that "local and independent" means something in an era of corporate homogeneity. You might be sitting in you  

Film: Review: Youth Without Youth

A youthful indulgence marks the return of Francis Ford Coppola

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Sometimes the greatest challenges come later in life after you've achieved everything you thought your heart desired, when you wake up knowing in the deepest recesses of your soul that your life  

Film: Review: Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

Four modern-day jesters court the big time in comedy documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Spike Lee's Kings of Comedy rested on the shoulders of its four well-established comic performers. DL Hughley, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac had already solidified their fa  

Film: Culture Clash

TV variety shows once had a large impact on popular culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Does anybody else ever get the niche culture blues? We have all the choice we could want now in our fragmented, high-tech pop culture, but it's very, very difficult for anything -- especially a