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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.   

Poor Judgment

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
It is obvious why the selection committee for the Toronto International Film Festival tapped The Judge for their opening night slot.  

Legendary Still Photographer Douglas Kirkland Looks Past the Frames

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I was able to peruse Kirkland’s latest monograph — Douglas Kirkland: A Life in Pictures — and what struck me, right from the start, was his voice.  

Local Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett Harnesses Deep Human Magic

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
As a film critic, every time I settle into a theater seat I prepare myself for an experience that I liken to tapping into memory. The images that unspool before me may not be lived and processed  

The Strange Things We Do for Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Love Is Strange shows us — whether we happen to be married, in long-term relationships, dating, or single — that love, beyond all of our fairy tale notions, has a remarkably human core.
  

The 2014 TIFF Alternative: Managing High Expectations

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I find myself — a full four days into the festival — attempting to rationalize my tepid response thus far.  

Reflecting on 'The Double' and How Nature Nurtures

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
We know Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) all too well. In fact, some of us might recognize elements of Simon in ourselves.  

‘Life of Crime’ Pays the Highest Tribute to Elmore Leonard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Not quite a comedy of errors or a thriller, but something that feels brand new up on the screen.   

'Calvary' Asks Us to Walk Alongside a Good Man

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A village priest (Brendan Gleeson) in coastal Ireland hears weekly confessions. His parishioners enter, knowing that there’s little to no anonymity in the booth because he knows them, each and  

Director Michael Dowse Embraces Affairs of the Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The first clue that What If, the new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things.   

Searching for 'A Most Wanted Man'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim, enters Hamburg, Germany illegally, weaving his way through sewers, stowing away on a cargo ship, hiding in plain sight beneath a dirty hooded sweatshirt and a scraggly beard. Throughout his circuitous journey, though, Issa makes time to pray.  

The Persistence of Time

Patricia Arquette on the 12-year experience of making Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Boyhood, as you've probably already heard, is a different kind movie. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast, filmmaker Richard Linklater's perceptive ode to family and the life of one specific boy (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18 is also about the simple passage of time...