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‘Still Alice’ Captures the Fading of a Significant Light

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety (Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.   

Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin.   

Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.  

Dardenne Brothers Offer a Raw Look at the Working Class

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seemingly spent from months of pimping dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual cinematic wasteland known as February.  

Overcoming ‘A Most Violent Year’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Two ideas came to mind as I prepared to critically grapple with A Most Violent Year, the new film from J.C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost).   

Hailed ‘National Gallery’ Documentary Comes to CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The year 2014 has been such a good one for feature films about the visual arts — both fictional and documentaries — that its offerings just won’t end.  

Watching and Interpreting the Lives of Others

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Selma captures the life and times of a movement distilled down to a chapter in one man’s journey.

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.