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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.   

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).