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CAC Screens a Complex Documentary of Murderous Performance Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Re-enactments dominate the world of reality television. There is nothing new in the narrative framework of recreating scenes of true events for audiences to grant access to the resonant emotional impact of a situation, a soon-to-be looped moment in time. Sometimes, it is done in the service of memory and perspective.  

Steve McQueen Creates a Complex Human Portrait of Beautiful Brutality

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
From the first moment I walked out of the theater during a private press screening of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, I knew this film had the potential to spark discussion on the subject and history of race and race relations in the United States.   

The Alternative Spotlight: Black Cinema Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Independent black cinema might finally be coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely reach theaters in our area.
  

Saudi Arabian Film Shatters the Glass Ceiling

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sometimes a story, told simply and effectively, changes the way we as an audience see another part of the world, the experiences of others and/or ourselves, all reflected in the moving images before us. What’s more, it can be startling when the impact, so profound and likely unexpected, cracks our cynical natures through its very simplicity.  

The 'Captain' of This Ship

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
After the briefest bit of narrative establishment — Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) at home prepping to leave for his latest assignment and his wife (Catherine Keener) dropping him off at the airport — the by-the-books sailor runs his crew through their paces sensing, it would seem, that something lurks on the horizon   

'Gravity' Captures the Vast Loneliness of Space

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Most critics will rush to compare Gravity, the new science fiction thriller from director Alfonso Cuarón (co-written by the director’s son Jonás) to films ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s cl  

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Seeks Real Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Don Jon presents an unfiltered Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a guy who loves his porn, his friends (Rob Brown, Jeremy Luke), his family (Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson), his porn, his faith in God (typified by his pious attendance at weekly confessions), his workout routine and, in case I failed to mention it, his porn.   

The Daily Scene at TIFF 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Thank you, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), for such a marvelous birthday party. If I couldn’t have been at home among family and friends, I’m not sure I could have imagined a better way to celebrate. The first day of the festival was a decidedly low-key affair. Festival programmers eased us into the proceedings with a teasing platter of tasty bites and a bit of fizz in our glasses to whet the appetite.  

Filmmaker Stuart Blumberg Helms a Polite Comic Take on Sex Addiction

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is charming, good-looking and professionally successful with an easy-going air about him. Mike (Tim Robbins) gives the impression of being a wise mentor. And then there’s Neil (Josh Gad), who is obviously a bit of a bumbler. And what do they have in common? They’re all in a sex addiction support group, Mike as Adam’s sponsor, and all in various stages of recovery.  

The Cincinnati Film Festival Continues its Celebration of Films and Those Who Make Them

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Cincinnati Festival (CFF) kicked off its fourth year last weekend and continues through Sunday with screenings at various venues (though most will take place at Tower Place Mall). The festival boasts some 100 films (including 39 feature-length offerings) across numerous genres and styles, none more anticipated than the local premiere of Cincinnati native Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers, which screened Sept. 6 at Memorial Hall.  

Show Me the Movies: Festival Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Variety “Breaking News” alert arrived via email trumpeting, “Venice Joins Oscar Race with ‘Philomena,’ ‘Gravity,’ ” and just like that the race is on to tantalize and tease critics and audiences with the first bite, that world premiere of the titles that will likely be on the lips of film’s tastemakers during the awards season.   

Struggling to Maintain All that is 'Still Mine'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
In Still Mine, writer-director Michael McGowan presents us with Craig Morrison (James Cromwell), an 80-something farmer, a tireless and practical man with a large family and an even larger kingdom, which he manages with common sense and hard-earned experience.  

James Ponsoldt Breathes Dramatic Life into the John Hughes Teen Formula

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Spectacular Now’s Sutter (Miles Teller) leads a good life, a damned good life for an onscreen high school senior. He may seem all too familiar to those of us weaned on the John Hughes teen comedies of the 1980s, because if you squint and tilt your head to the left a little, Sutter is the modern-day incarnation of Ferris Bueller.
  

Woody Allen Mines the Venal Depths of Financial Despair

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Allen turns his attention to the financial crisis of 2008 and a Bernie Madoff-type named Hal (Alec Baldwin), one of those Wall Street titans building cloud-based castles in the sky that blot out both the sun and common sense. He’s gruff and arrogant, all façade with no substantive core inside his bulked-up blustering frame.  

Wheeling & Dealing with 'The Millers'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Maybe I’m as juvenile as my wife thinks, but the bit in trailer for Rawson Marshall Thurber’s We’re the Millers where Jason Sudeikis, as a scheming drug mule who hires a fake family to smuggle drugs across the border, launches into a Bane voice (spoofing Tom Hardy’s villain from The Dark Knight Rises) just sends me into a fit of hysterical laughter.