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Lola and the City: What's a Girl To Do?

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Lola Versus starts with such promise: Lola (Greta Gerwig), on the beach, engaging in morning yoga while through voiceover informing us about life and the changes on the horizon. In particular, she alerts us to the fact that she (like most of us) is not good with change.  

Director Josh Fox Discusses Fracking Documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With issues surrounding fracking, natural gas and oil dominating headlines recently, Josh Fox’s 2010 Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary Gasland seems all too relevant. The film is two years old, but the stories presented in the film are now — more than ever — resonant with the people of Ohio.  

The Too Feel-Good Vibe of 'Hysteria'

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I’m sure that at some point during last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, some outlet in the world referred to Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, which humorously probes into the birth of the vibrator, as “a feel-good” story, so I will shamelessly insert my own play on this idea. I must, because the premise simply demands this kooky kind of lowball take.   

'Where Do We Go Now?' Seeks to Resolve an Eternal Conflict

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
In a remote Lebanese village (hard to believe that such out-of-the-way places actually exist), Christians and Muslims live together, side by side, working and entertaining themselves as a community that is as close as family. Boys being boys joke and cross lines that are familiar to both sides, the men drink and eye women — although there is a sense of respect and honor truly from another time.   

Adaptation of Norwegian Joe Nesbø Thriller Is Good Lurid Fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pulp — there it is again — the good cheap stuff is back and, not surprisingly, it has found its way onto the big screen. Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian bestseller trawling these murky shores, provides the basis for a solid anchoring with Headhunters.   

The Speculative ‘Sound of My Voice’

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have a question for Greta Gerwig, the odd naturalistic beauty who has bounded out of the Mumblecore underworld into the bright and glaring lights of mainstream attention, while still skipping back and forth across the great divide.   

Retiring to India in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel imagines a final adventure for a group of English men and women — one last hurrah where they can get away from the familiar day-to-day they’ve come to know all too well, or their busy families caught up in living in the digital now, which in some cases is hopelessly unknowable to their elders.   

Yellow Submarine Surfaces in Theaters One More Time

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Sometimes a film event comes along that is so special, we owe it to our readers to present the review in a form fitting the auspicious nature of the release. That is certainly the case with Rave Theater’s regional screenings of Yellow Submarine, a classic that will unspool, likely for the last time, in theaters.  

Marley (Review)

Reggae legend is straightforwardly rendered in this fascinating documentary

0 Comments · Thursday, May 3, 2012
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his music — still resonant more than 30 years after his death? That’s a question director Kevin MacDonald tries to unpack in this straightforwardly rendered, often fascinating documentary about the Reggae legend.   

Damsels in Distress (Review)

Whit Stillman’s much-anticipated film arrives with the writer/director’s singular voice intact

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Whit Stillman creates a place that seems hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world — cinematographer Doug Emmett notably bathes the proceedings in unnaturally bright light — a place that posits the major problem in contemporary social life as “the tendency to always seek someone cooler than yourself” without a whiff of irony.  

The Avengers: Some Assembly Required

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Back in 1963, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby probably didn’t have as much trouble creating Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Hollywood has had in bringing these super duper dudes (and one dark and mysterious dudette) to the screen.    

Alternative Tentpoles: a Preview of Indie Summer 2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The beginning of May has heralded the dawn of summer at the box office for nearly a decade, which means that by now, thanks to the rise of the movie trailers, we are all overly familiar with the blockbusters of the season. Marvel’s The Avengers kicks things off for the superheroes, with The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises to come.  

'Bully' Shines a Cold, Harsh Light on Social Blindness

5 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
To say that we need to address the topic of bullying in our schools, communities and society at large should mean that the Weinstein Company’s efforts to drum up controversy (and publicity) surrounding their battle with the MPAA over the rating of Lee Hirsch’s documentary, Bully, have worked.    

An Unadulterated Kick to the Heart of Action Fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Midnight Madness swept the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the clear winners were the audiences who saw The Raid: Redemption, the martial arts actioner from writer-director Gareth Evans. The Raid introduces Rama, a rookie SWAT team officer prepping for his first full-scale assignment, an early morning raid on an apartment building that serves as the stronghold for a ruthless drug lord.  

The Arts as Hero

A research project gives rise to a film about Cincinnati’s thriving arts scene

2 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
“I’ve seen the future,” Prince sang back in 1989 on the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Batman, “and it will be …” Gotham City was on the cusp of change; a hero had arrived on the scene to usher in the new. Cincinnati has been waiting, always on the verge of its own bankable opportunity to step into the future as a lively and engaged urban market. Every city needs a hero.