Philip Seymour Hoffman's Singular Body of Work Will Live On

Comments 0 · Feb 5, 2014 10:33 am

“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous ...

A Critic's Guide to the Thought-Provoking Bests of the 2014 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

Comments 0 · Feb 5, 2014 10:38 am

When the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket, the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...

Syfy Impresses with New Original, 'Helix'

Comments 0 · Feb 5, 2014 10:47 am

Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good. ...


Stage Door: Weekend Theater Picks

Comments 0 · Apr 18, 2014 11:24 am

There are several good theater choices south of the Ohio River this weekend.The theater (and dance) program at Northern Kentucky University presents a truly varied array of programming — this season has included a play by Orson Welles, the legendary musical South Pacific, Shakespeare's...

Q&A with Rajiv Satyal

Comedian brings his No Man's Land tour to the Aronoff Center Saturday

Comments 0 · Apr 18, 2014 10:38 am

Comedian Rajiv Satyal was born and bred in Cincinnati — Fairfield to be exact. He’s gone from being an intern on Capitol Hill to brand manager at Procter & Gamble to full-time comedian living in Los Angeles. Satyal has worked with Dave Chappelle, Kevin James, Tim (the tool man) Allen,...

HalfCut Beer Cafe Grand Opening Friday

HalfCut pours its first beers for the public tomorrow

Comments 0 · Apr 17, 2014 11:34 am

HalfCut Beer Café invites beer lovers to take their taste buds on an explosive journey as they celebrate their opening to the public April 18th.The cafe — on Walnut Street in Over-the-Rhine, attached to the new taco shop Gomez Salsa — will offer growlers to-go plus beers to sample and drink...


'Silicon Valley' Delivers Smart Nerd Humor

Comments 0 · Apr 16, 2014 09:20 am

Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any true geek. ...

Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

Comments 0 · Apr 16, 2014 09:11 am

For the past eight-plus years, I have been facilitating an evolving after-school program that began quite innocently with me subbing in for my CityBeat colleague Kathy Y. Wilson. ...

Canada's Funniest Criminals Balance Genius and Dimwit

Comments 0 · Apr 16, 2014 09:01 am

Trailer Park Boys is a mockumentary/sitcom that explores the meaning of life through a comedic ensemble of drunken, perpetually stoned reprobates. In other words, it’s quite relatable. ...

Breaking 'Mad'

Comments 0 · Apr 9, 2014 08:00 am

It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter. ...

Geeking Out over 'Game of Thrones'

Comments 0 · Apr 2, 2014 08:40 am

When it comes to a series that transports viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king. ...

Comparing the Supreme Identities of Captain America and Jason Bourne

Comments 0 · Apr 9, 2014 07:58 am

There’s not a lot of critical love for the comic book genre, despite the box office status reached by mutant hordes’ and various avenging crusaders’ collective assaults. ...

Indulging in Vices for a Different Kind of News

Comments 0 · Mar 12, 2014 08:39 am

Over the course of the second season of Vice we’ll delve into Evangelical support for Israel in the American Bible Belt, climate change in Greenland, bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns and other international stories of politics and culture from a wide range of correspondents. ...