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The Future Is Now: A Sneak Peek at the Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
As a critic or cultural commentator, you are required to turn the page, flip the switch, or do whatever you have to do as quickly (and as smoothly) as possible when it comes to year end/new year coverage.   

The Top 10 Films of 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
What you see is what you get, so the saying goes, and that sentiment certainly applies to this year’s list of the 10 best films.  

From Film to Streaming: Time and Technology Wait for No One

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Movie culture has undergone a sea change as theaters of every stripe move to digital projection, a turnabout that has had more of an impact than might meet the eye.
  

A Year When Film Tested the Courage of Our Convictions

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The most apropos summation of 2014 came to me as I was prepping my final lecture of the semester for my University of Cincinnati Journalism course (Writing About Film).  

‘Into the Woods’ Turns the Spotlight on Recent Musical Adaptations

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The highly anticipated film adaptation of Into the Woods begins exactly as anyone familiar with the stage musical would expect: with the simple narrated words, “Once upon a time.”  

A ‘Wild’ Walk Back From the Razor’s Edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wild, at times, approximates a fever dream as Strayed wanders along, stumbling (sometimes on the verge of a catastrophic breakdown) into recollections of her past, instances just as wild and dangerous as the moment she finds herself in.  

Top Five

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  

With MUBI, the Film Revolution Streams at Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Since signing up, I have embarked on an old-school word of mouth campaign in support of MUBI, whispering in the ears of cineastes in my inner circle, teasing them with hints about its possibilities.
  

The Return of the Horrible (Studio) Bosses

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The modern-day Stooges — Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) — have moved past their initial experiences with their horrible bosses but prove to be ill-prepared to step into boss roles of their own.  

Relationships Define ‘The Theory of Everything’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Theory of Everything is an accessible, engaging take on the life of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking.   

Tommy Lee Jones: At Home on Either Side of the Camera

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Homesman sets out to show us that the West was not won with blazing gun battles. Who is to say the West was “won” at all?  

A Music Legend Struggles to Hang Onto Himself

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The genial Campbell, now suffering from Alzheimer’s, shows us the gradual loss of identity, even among a caring community of friends, family and medical professionals doing all they can to keep the decline at bay.  

The Technical Virtue of Andrea Riseborough

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poses several perplexing challenges.
  

A Master of Art Forgery Eludes Dogged Local Tracker

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The dynamic between art forger Mark Landis and former museum registrar/Cincinnati resident Matthew Leininger is the mythic and existential stuff of legends.  

‘Fury’ Fights a Dirty Personal War

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
More than any other contemporary filmmaker, David Ayer is the epitome of a street warrior.