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Lit: Dan Chaon

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
 Dan Chaon grew up in rural Nebraska. Lonely and bored, he took refuge in his uncommonly active imagination. "I used to spend a lot of time by myself making up ga  

Lit: Andre Dubus III

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Andre Dubus III opens his acclaimed 2011 memoir, Townie, with a quote from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”: “And the boys try to look so hard…” It’s a succinct way to sum up what fo  

Daydream Nation

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dan Chaon grew up in rural Nebraska. Lonely and bored, he took refuge in his uncommonly active imagination. “It was one of those small elevator towns where there were like 15 people who lived there, and I was the only kid even close to my age,” Chaon says by phone from his current home in Cleveland.   

Know Theatre Screens Sundance Documentary Tonight

'Miss Representation' looks at how woman are protrayed in mainstream media

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
There's been a lot chatter in the vast, ever-opinionated movie blogosphere about the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's recently unveiled slate of films. Locally, the inclusion of Cincinnati native Todd Louiso's third directorial feature, Hello I Must Be Going, in the U.S. Dramatic competition is the most intriguing development. But there's also another noteworthy local Sundance connection this week: Know Theatre is giving a 2011 Sundance film its Cincinnati premiere with a one-time screening 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 7) in its space at 1120 Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine. (Tickets are $10.)   

Tanner Hall

Anchor Bay, 2009, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
No doubt resuscitated this year for a brief theatrical (and now DVD) release in advance of star Rooney Mara’s high-profile role in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this previously undistributed coming-of-age tale follows the melodramatic adventures of four friends on the verge of graduation from an all-girls boarding school in Providence, R.I.    

Literary: Joani Lacy

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Eve Hollister is back, as is the banyan tree that looms so ominously near the recently restored Victorian home that Eve and her family believe is no longer haunted. Hollister House: The Banyan Tree Aw  

Friday Movie Roundup: Sundance Lineup Edition

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 2, 2011
I haven't done an exhaustive study, but it seems for the first time since I've been writing the words that appear in this space, there are no new movies opening in theaters this week. Zero.

But that's not to say there aren't plenty of worthwhile options currently residing in local theaters. As I pointed out last week, there have been an uncommon number of strong movies released of late, including four last week: The Descendants, Hugo, The Muppets and My Week with Marilyn. That quartet follows the recently released Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy, which means a half-dozen movies in the last three weeks have garnered an A- or better from CityBeat's typically stingy crew of critics.  

'The Artist' Wins Best Picture Award

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The awards season is upon us. In just the first of a coming avalanche of groups that will unveil their various movie awards/prizes/best lists, the New York Film Critics' Circle, considered one the more discerning groups of critics in the country, yesterday announced its 2011 award winners. Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist — a silent, black-and-white drama about the silent, black-and-white era of 1920s Hollywood — won Best Picture and Best Director.   

The Natural

Shailene Woodley discusses her breakout role in 'The Descendants'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Alexander Payne’s long-anticipated return to the filmmaking scene is another slanted, deadpan comedy about the ways in which a relatively ordinary man’s life can go terribly off course. CityBeat recently phoned the 20-year-old actress Shailene Woodley, who plays 17-year-old Alexandra in the film, to discuss the experience of making The Descendants.  

Wednesday Movie Roundup: Sweet Holiday Bounty Edition!

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 23, 2011
After months mediocre movie options, recent weeks have give us a plethora of worthwhile offerings in a variety of genres — from art-house-leaning fare like Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In, Like Crazy, Take Shelter, The Interruptors, Senna, The Way and The Guard to higher-profile multiplexers like Moneyball, Drive, 50/50 and The Ides of March. The winning streak continues this week. In fact, it's shaping up to be the best slate of opening films in recent memory.