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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  

Film: Review: Persepolis

Animated film is a stark look at a girl's traumatic childhood

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Persepolis arrives in Cincinnati as a cause celebre within the art-film community. This animated feature, adapted by Marjane Satrapi from her autobiographical graphic novels about life in post-Is  

Film: Review: Cassandra's Dream

Woody Allen misfires again with a tedious new film

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Woody Allen obviously knows Greek history, or at least Greek theater, and its mythology. Mighty Aphrodite (1995) was permeated with it, including Greek choruses at Greek ruins. Ten years later, Mel  

Film: Review: Diva

Restored 1980s French film still makes a point today

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Jean-Jacques Beineix's classic Diva, now being re-released in a gorgeous new 35-millimeter print, is one of the coolest, most visually compelling art movies ever made. That it also works well as  

Film: Review: There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis team up for a fascinating ride

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Paul Thomas Anderson's flawed yet fascinating There Will Be Blood is an epic, supremely strange period piece that evokes a host of current cultural issues: our obsession with oil, the role of re  

Film: Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julian Schnabel tells the extraordinary story of Jean-Dominique Bauby

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The whole point of art, really, is to experience the world as others see it. Few artists have taken that imperative as literally, yet at the same time so poetically and imaginatively, as Julian S  

Film: Year in Review: Cinematic Pleasures

CityBeat's film writers unveil the best of 2007

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Top 10 movie lists are both amusing and agonizing endeavors -- worthy fare inevitably gets excised due to the constraints of the conceit. It´s even more problematic in a year such as 2007, w  

Film: Pitch Perfect

Top musical moments in film in 2007

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It was another decidedly melodic year in film. With the movie musical resurrected -- thank you forebears Chicago and Moulin Rouge -- and seemingly not going anywhere, and with more writers, direc  

Film: The Golden Girl

Keira Knightley takes another step forward in Atonement

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The massive success of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) transformed Keira Knightley from a little-known British actress to a figure worthy of glossy magazine covers and s