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Festival of Plenty

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
When it comes to film, everybody loves a catchy tagline. And the 2016 edition of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival promises “Mystery, History, Mischief and More.” What more can you ask for?  

The Motion Picture Academy’s Rush to Diversity

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has heard the grumblings, and now it seems it’s letting the opposing voices know that it’s prepared to take action.   

Better to Be Alone in ‘Mojave’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Everything is so literal, brother, in the world of screenwriter-director William Monahan (Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Departed) out here in Mojave.   

Encounters of 'The 4th' Kind

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Andre Hyland boasts a substantial online following through his sketch-comedy character Jesse Miller — dude loves Monster Energy drinks and button-up shirts with tribal flame designs — but that’s not what has people buzzing about the Cincinnati native nowadays.   

Waking Up to ‘Good Morning Karachi’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
There’s a funny thing about social and cultural issues in modern society; actually, the debate starts with the whole idea of what it means to be modern.   

Looking Forward to New Characters in 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Will 2016, with its over-abundance of sequels on the horizon, be in a position to introduce audiences to new characters that might one day join the ongoing pantheon of franchise players that dominate the multiplexes?  

The Narrative and Philosophical Maturity of Youth

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2015
With Youth, Paolo Sorrentino returns to the query explored in The Great Beauty of what remains when joy and pleasure no longer have intense immediacy and when memory bleeds away the vitality.
  

The Muse and the Modern Bard

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth gets a fascinating visual reinterpretation thanks to Justin Kurzel, an Australian neophyte with only one previous feature credit to his name.  

Simien’s Femmes Step Up in Their Latest Projects

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In Justin Simien's explosive dramedy Dear White People, the ladies ended up dominating the proceedings, seizing control of the film's fictional Ivy League campus and our imaginations.
  

The Future of Art House Theaters and Film Festivals in the Queen City

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2015
OTR has become a nationally recognized foodie destination, yet the amateur urban planner in me can’t help but wonder what this sector would look like with a film center to serve as a creative anchor.  

‘Creed’ Spins Off into Its Own Glorious Orbit

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Right away, Ryan Coogler lets us know that we’re in good and special hands with Creed, his Rocky spinoff that arrives with not only the complete blessing of series creator Sylvester Stallone, but also with his quietly mesmerizing appearance as Rocky Balboa.  

Tough Guy Charms in ‘Brooklyn’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I still remember the first time I took notice of actor Emory Cohen onscreen. In the Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines, he played the pampered son of Bradley Cooper’s reluctant cop-turned-hero.  

A Resourceful Pair Breaks Out of ‘Room’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
We tell ourselves the world is a big place, but director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank), adapting Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, shows us just how infinite the space can truly be.
  

What We Mean When We Discuss All-American Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
All of the great real-life sports dramas work from the same basic premise — that of an underdog facing nearly impossible odds with determination and an undeniable sense of hope.   

Our (Film) Brands in Crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
A not-so-subtle shift has occurred in the film marketplace, calling into question the fundamental assumptions of the tacit arrangement between the studios and audiences. Call it a communication breakdown.