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Paul Schrader Tries a New Way with 'The Canyons'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Paul Schrader has had a long and often tumultuous career in movies. The 67-year-old Michigan native began his obsession with cinema as a critic in the early 1970s, one of the most creatively fertile periods in American movie history.  

Onscreen Alternative: Craving Black & White

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few times each year, certain films challenge me on a deeper, primal level. They rattle the critical cage, issuing a call that necessitates a response from more than the safe sanctity of the intellect. They demand a blood offering from the heart.  

How 'Excited' Should We Be About the New Almodóvar?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
With certain directors, every new release takes us back to the first time we experienced their work. We remember the visceral thrills, the powerful sensuality or the intellectual austerity that captivated us and we want relive those sensations, which means we set the bar at a level so high that only a talented few can achieve it.   

Seeking Direction From ‘The Way, Way Back’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Way, Way Back starts right off with that signature scene from the trailers. Duncan (Liam James), a slightly awkward 14-year-old, sits in the back of an old station wagon that belongs to Trent (Steve Carell), the new boyfriend of his mother Pam (Toni Collette).  

Playing the Name Game

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Director Lee Daniels (Precious) finds himself in a most curious position less than two months from the release of his new film, a historic drama detailing the life of Eugene Allen (here known as Cecil Gaines and played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker), a quiet Everyman who served eight presidents during his time as a butler in the White House  

And Still 'the Void' Remains

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
There is much drama at the heart of biblical relationships, but most modern translations resort to soap melodrama, the absurd and tasteless that has now become commonplace in our reality-based culture.  

Mindbenders Series Brings Devilishly Twisted Features to the 'Nati

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Pumpkin Productions, the moniker chosen by CityBeat contributing arts editor Steven Rosen, has teamed up with co-sponsor Cincinnati Film Society to present a three-day Mindbenders series, which will screen at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  

Long Live the Kings of Indie Cinema

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This summer, moviegoers have been amenable to mainstream comedies and superhero flicks, but sometimes it’s the smaller films that deserve our attention.
  

Apocalyptic Comedy Gets Wild and Loose in Alternate Hollywood

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
If the apocalypse is nigh, then it would seem that there’s no better place to be than James Franco’s house, where everybody parties like it’s 1999 (and I wish they had actually dropped that track into the mix). By everybody, I mean Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and, of course, Franco playing alternate versions of themselves.  

This Is Your Director on Drugs

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Something didn’t feel right. After taking in a recent screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I walked out of the theater feeling … off. I was simultaneously anxious, depressed, energized and a little jittery.
  

Jim Swill Brings Revolutionary Angst to the CAC

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center, through its 2013 Summer Performance Series in “The Living Room” of The Living Room exhibition, kicks off the season with a fascinating performance, Screenage Wasteland, from Jim Swill, an artist known for his spoken word riffs, short films and collage work.  

Greta Gerwig Just Wants to Have Fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Greta Gerwig has gotten into my head; her halting and humorous performance style marries a solid, albeit gangly physicality and a weightless comic presence that is breathtakingly cute.  

Michael Shannon Gives Chills as Real-Life Contract Killer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The story of Richard Kuklinski (portrayed here by Michael Shannon) is one of those true crime tales that you simply can’t believe. It’s too crazy to be true, but it also has that “made for the movies” vibe.  

Quiet Beauty Captured in the Frame

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The year is 1915 and France is caught up in World War I. Young men are on the front lines where injuries and death abound, but a sense of duty and responsibility inspires more to join the ranks and, those who can convalesce quickly, to return to the front as soon as possible.  

The Thrill of Surviving Eli Roth's 'Aftershock'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
You’ve got to say this for Eli Roth: Like his filmmaking brother-in-arms Quentin Tarantino, he’s got spools of film instead of veins with blood keeping his heart a-beating, and he’s a genre geek deep in the marrow of his bones.