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The Ghosts of Movies Past

An all-start list of seasonal films

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Bourbon-laced eggnog is optional but highly recommended when viewing the following list, which features a healthy dose of dark comedy and familial messiness.  

Film: Redlegs

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Cincinnati native Brandon Harris returned to his hometown in 2010 to shoot his directorial debut, a micro-budgeted drama about three grief-stricken guys (played by Andrew Katz, Evan Louison and Nathan  

Magic Mike

(Warner Home Video) 2012, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Steven Soderbergh, despite threats of an early retirement, continues his relentless pace with the entertaining, sneakily incisive Magic Mike, the 49-year-old director’s 11th effort since 2004 and his third in less than a year following the effective thrillers Contagion and Haywire. (By comparison, his buddy David Fincher has made nine movies since 1992.)


(Magnolia) 2012, Rated PG-13

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his music — still resonate 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.

Camille Paglia's Inclusive 'Journey Through Art'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Long an incisive cultural critic, a dedicated teacher and a nimble-minded writer, Camille Paglia is known for her polarizing opinions on everything from politics (she’s voting Green Party this year) to pop culture (she recently confessed her love for Real Housewives of New Jersey, which she says is a more accurate depiction of the state’s residents than The Sopranos, which she hated).

Sharon Van Etten

Nov. 8 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
Sharon Van Etten’s first two albums revealed an emotionally visceral songwriter and performer who wasn’t afraid to explore love gone sour via a voice that’s as moving and expressive as any on the current landscape  

Lit: David Sedaris

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 30, 2012
David Sedaris is a rare figure in today’s literary landscape: He transcends his profession of choice. Perhaps more than any writer of the last 20 years, Sedaris is a relatively household name, a guy  

Come With Me, My Congregation

Thirteen years after breaking up, The Afghan Whigs make a triumphant return

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
 “We’re The Afghan Whigs from Cincinnati, O-hi-o,” frontman Greg Dulli relayed to a raucous crowd early in his band’s Aug. 4 show at The Metro in Chicago, one of many sold-out stops on the Whigs’ current reunion tour.   

Lit: Books by the Banks

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A one-day smorgasbord for book lovers of every stripe, Books by the Banks again takes over the Duke Energy Convention Center, featuring more than 100 local, regional and national authors who work in a  

Mike Watt

Oct. 21 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 15, 2012
For the uninitiated, Mike Watt has been doing what he can for more than three decades, beginning with his role as bassist in the Minutemen, the iconic Indie Rock trio known for its short, lacerating songs about everything from Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan to Jesus and tequila.