CityBeat - Movies http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-83-1-movies.html <![CDATA[Does Debating a 'Good Kill' Make for a Good Movie? - ]]>

This isn’t real life, Good Kill, this new movie from writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War), about Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke), a long-serving and highly decorated pilot who now “flies” drone missions from a trailer in the Nevada desert and bombs targets in the Middle East.

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<![CDATA['Lambert & Stamp': Sign of the Changing Times - ]]> The birth of the DIY movement, it could be argued, arrived when Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert stumbled upon each other and discovered their shared dream of becoming filmmakers. ]]> <![CDATA['Maggie': Fighting the Dying of the Light - ]]> Cultural fatigue looms over every frame of Maggie, the new release from director Henry Hobson and screenwriter John Scott 3, setting up a seemingly monumental obstacle for the newbie feature filmmaking team to overcome. ]]> <![CDATA[Filmmaker Alex Garland Humanizes the Machine - ]]> Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland is a thoroughly modern writer, intent on probing our most human urges and the boundaries that lie beyond the present moment.]]> <![CDATA[Damage Looms in the 'Clouds of Sils Maria' - ]]> Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) lives in rare air. She is an accomplished actress on both stage and screen, beautiful and recognizable by those within the industry — the power players who matter most, especially when it comes to casting.
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<![CDATA['Gett' Spotlights a Tragic Human Trial - ]]> Viviane Amsalem (played by co-writer and co-director Ronit Elkabetz) wants a divorce from her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian). Viviane is a quiet and unassuming woman, a mother of four children with an established career as a hairdresser outside the home.]]> <![CDATA[Art and Identity, Lost and Found in 'Woman in Gold' - ]]> Much investigation has gone into the issue of Nazi art theft during World War II, with grand efforts made to verify claims and restore pieces to their rightful owners or their surviving family members. ]]> <![CDATA[Indie Horror Reinvigorates the Genre - ]]> In The Babadook, we get Amelia (Essie Davis), a put-upon single mother struggling to overcome the trauma of losing her husband while raising an emotionally challenged son named Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who fears the monster lurking under his bed and on the pages of a new book in his bedtime collection.]]> <![CDATA[Period Thriller '’71' Runs All Night Through Belfast - ]]> Streets don’t get much meaner than those of Belfast back in 1971 as the British army all but occupied the territory, caught up in what amounted to terroristic street fights between Catholics and Protestants with few truly innocent bystanders in the middle. ]]> <![CDATA[The Evolution of a Shooter: Pierre Morel and ‘The Gunman’ - ]]>

Movie taglines boast new productions being “From the director of Taken” or “From the cinematographer of The Transporter,” but how many people truly know the name of this mystery moviemaker?

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<![CDATA[A View From the Couch: White Male Anxiety - ]]>

I found myself tuning out a specious subset of the diversity debate regarding the most recent Academy Awards.

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<![CDATA[Songwriter Doc Pomus Featured at ReelAbilities Film Festival - ]]>

It’s been a long, slow journey for Doc Pomus — who died in 1991 without being widely known by the public — to become recognized as one of Rock & Roll’s greatest songwriters ever. But his cause has gained much momentum recently.

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<![CDATA[Characters Make the ‘Second’ Stay Worth the Trip - ]]>

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is all about the innumerable chances life offers, and the fierce fighting spirit that burns in us no matter the age or situation in which we find ourselves.

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<![CDATA[David Cronenberg ‘Maps’ Out His Perverse History Onscreen - ]]>

Maps to the Stars shows what happens when a native like Cronenberg leads the way.

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<![CDATA[New Documentary Explores What it Means to be a Working Artist - ]]>

The criterion of success for artists has always been more complex than for most other professions.

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<![CDATA[‘Still Alice’ Captures the Fading of a Significant Light - ]]>

A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety (Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.

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<![CDATA[Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives - ]]>

Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin. 

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<![CDATA[Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives - ]]>

Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.

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<![CDATA[Dardenne Brothers Offer a Raw Look at the Working Class - ]]>

Seemingly spent from months of pimping dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual cinematic wasteland known as February.

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