WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
Home - Blogs - Staff Blogs - Latest Blogs
Movies
 
by Staff 11.11.2011
at 03:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
film1_take_shelter_jessica_chastain_michael_shannon_photo_sony_pictures_classics

Join 'Take Shelter' Discussion Saturday Night

On Saturday night (Nov. 12) after the 7:30 p.m. screening of Take Shelter at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton, CityBeat contributing editor Steven Rosen will lead a discussion into the film's meaning — and what really occurs at the mysterious ending.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 11.07.2011
at 12:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
borat

Sacha Baron Cohen Unveils New Character

Curious about where Sacha Baron Cohen, the Andy Kaufman-esque comedic genius behind Borat and Bruno, might set his satirical sights next? Wonder no more, as we now know the identity of his next character: climate change skeptic Lord Monckton.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 11.04.2011
at 04:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
take_shelter_michael_shannon2

Friday Movie Roundup: Calm Before the Storm Edition

With the rollout of fall's higher-profile “prestige” pictures still a week away (including Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious FBI director), a pair of lesser-known films open here this week that are worthy of your attention.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 11.03.2011
at 12:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
film_opening_age-of-movies-review-300x407

The Return of Pauline Kael

A pair of new books centering on film critic Pauline Kael — The Library of America's lavishly rendered The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael and Brian Kellow's incisive biography Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark — have resulted in an avalanche of recent Kael appraisals and reminiscences a decade after her death in 2001 and 20 years after her retirement from writing in 1991.

I can't quite remember when I became aware of Kael, but it had to be in my late teens, which is when I began to move beyond the Hollywood blockbusters of my youth and into deeper, more adventurous cinematic waters. I do know that my initial Kael exposure occurred after she had retired from The New Yorker, where she rather famously wrote film essays and reviews for nearly 25 years.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.28.2011
at 02:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
side_oscar

Friday Movie Roundup: Oscar Jockeying Edition

A friend recently asked my opinion about what films the Academy might nominate for Best Picture this year.

“Uh, I have no idea,” I responded.

It's pretty late in the year to be saying that, but, of course, I rarely think about the Oscars until I absolutely have to. Then there's the fact that few of the films released so far this year seem to possess what typically piques the Academy's interest (note that anywhere from five to 10 films can now be nominated).

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.21.2011
at 01:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
the_breakfast_club_334

Friday Movie Roundup: Emilio Estevez Edition

Emilio Estevez has been making movies nearly as far back as I can remember going to movies.

My first memories of Estevez date back to 1983's The Outsiders, in which he was but one of many young actor dudes (including but not limited toTom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon) to grace Francis Ford Coppola's slick, black-and-white adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel. That was followed by Alex Cox's Repo Man, which I wouldn't see until several years after its 1984 theatrical release (when I was old enough to rent it for myself) and which probably stands, at this late date, as the best film with which Estevez has ever been associated.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.20.2011
at 01:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
beats-rhymes-life-dvd-cover-e1317065470935

Rainy Day Documentaries

A pair of worthwhile documentaries that got criminally brief local theatrical runs hit the street this week via DVD/Blu-ray. Each is a nice stay-at-home viewing option on a crappy, rain-infested day like today.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.18.2011
at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
virgin_it 3

Cincinnati World Cinema Visits Britain

Just a heads up that Cincinnati World Cinema tonight continues its screenings of The British Arrow Awards, a collection of British television commercials (or, as they're called across the pond, adverts) that put their American counterparts to shame.

In fact, as I wrote the other day, there is often more creative energy in one of these 90-second British adverts than in a two-hour Hollywood effort.

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.14.2011
at 06:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
111007-footloose-bacon-dance2.grid-6x2

Friday Movie Roundup: Less Than Meets the Eye

The arrival of October typically means we get a more thoughtful round of offerings from the Hollywood Industrial Complex. Yet even a cursory glance at this week's batch of high-profile releases reveals options more in line with the stuff we get during the summer months: a lame-looking comedy (The Big Year) filled with actors who have seen better days; a prequel of a remake of a horror classic (The Thing) directed by a curious-named newcomer and featuring a largely unknown cast; and a remake of a 1980s staple (Footloose) that is so of its time that it's hard to image it being updated for contemporary consumption (tt stern-enzi's review below reveals that to be an accurate assumption).

Read More

 
 
by Jason Gargano 10.07.2011
at 11:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
the-ides-of-march-poster1

Friday Movie Roundup: 'Ides of March' edition

George Clooney's The Ides of March opens today. Given the avalanche of local press its already received (mostly by the endlessly smitten Enquirer, but also via hordes of social-media geeks), need much more be said about the behind-the-scenes aspects of Clooney's political thriller? (If you answered “yes” to that question, read my interview with Ides of March actor Max Minghella here.)

The burning question now is whether The Ides of March is any good.

Read More

 
 

 

 

 
Close
Close
Close