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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  

Film: Review: The Savages

Melancholic comedy shines by way of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The maturely humane, rueful tone of director/writer Tamara Jenkins' comedy The Savages, about the confused grown children of an elderly man facing dementia, is akin to Alexander Payne's About S  

Film: Review: Sweeney Todd

Tim Burton paints Sondheim red

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Director Tim Burton's screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 Grand Guignol musical is at once mesmerizing and disappointing. Outstanding singing performances from its capable ensemble ca  

Film: Review: My Kid Could Paint That

Documentary raises myriad questions about art, parenting and truth

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2007
One of the fault lines of modernism has always been Abstract Expressionism. Those who just don't get the intellectual concept behind it -- that painting is about color (or the lack of it) as muc  

Film: The High Art of Adaptations

Cracking open the holiday season's literary presents

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Hollywood dream factory shifts into a slightly different gear this holiday season, as it becomes a subsidiary of the publishing houses. Apparently there is box-office gold to be mined along   

Film: Review: Darfur Now

Documentary serves as a rallying cry to stop genocide in Sudan

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The crisis in the parched, drought-prone Darfur region of Sudan -- where Arab militias known as Janjaweed ("devils on horseback") have been massacring and displacing African civilians in order t  

Film: Review: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Sidney Lumet strikes again with a taut cautionary tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Eighty-three-year-old director Sidney Lumet is a genuine American Master -- his career includes classic live television dramas of the 1950s as well as such outstanding, naturalistic cinematic inv  

Film: Review: No Country for Old Men

Coen brothers turn Cormac McCarthy's novel into a taut, noirish thriller

0 Comments · Monday, November 26, 2007
After a string of disappointing projects, Joel and Ethan Coen have hit cinematic pay dirt with their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2003 western crime novel No Country for Old Men. Vapors of Al