CityBeat - Movies http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-83-1-movies.html <![CDATA[Desperation Drives ‘Green Room’ - ]]> Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) knows the simple secret for creating a down-and-dirty little indie thriller: Introduce us to smart, funny characters, but don’t feel the need to burden them with cluttered backstories. ]]> <![CDATA[Ethan Hawke Plays It Cool in ‘Born To Be Blue’ - ]]> Robert Budreau's Born to be Blue dares to blur the lines between fact and fiction, while reimagining the intimate details in the tragic life of Jazz great Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke). ]]> <![CDATA[‘Miles Ahead’ of Traditional Biopic Conventions - ]]> Miles Ahead, the new film from multi-hyphenate Don Cheadle, captures Miles Davis a little more than a decade from his final days, but there’s a very real sense of the fragility, both physically and psychologically, that plagued him toward the end. ]]> <![CDATA[‘Demolition’ Man - ]]> Davis looks like a master of the universe with every single piece of the American Dream bought and paid for thanks to the exploitation of generations before him. Life — his life — is perfect, because he gets to believe the illusion that his hard work has made it all possible. But what does he know?]]> <![CDATA[‘Remember’ Takes a Trip Down ‘Memento’ Lane - ]]> Joe Henry's 2001 song "Scar" is reminiscent of Atom Egoyan’s film Remember, a solemn exploration of purpose and a journey of discovery for Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer), a recently widowed man suffering from dementia.]]> <![CDATA[My Big Fat Greek Reunion - ]]> Almost 15 years after My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos gathers the Portokalos clan for a big fat reunion, a replay of all the Greek shtick and wedding hijinks that we could have ever wanted. The operative word is replay.]]> <![CDATA[A Quirky Degree of Visibility - ]]>

I have always appreciated the fullness of life that I could glimpse in others, especially women of a certain age. Experience might have been the more important characteristic. Age was merely the obvious signal I could recognize at a glance.

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<![CDATA[What Happened to the Legacy of Nina Simone? - ]]> I had been putting off watching the Academy Award-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? by Liz Garbus (Love, Marilyn), and I couldn’t justify why.]]> <![CDATA[How Big Is Gerard Butler? - ]]> It’s a legitimate question to ask as we prepare to enter the second consecutive weekend of major mainstream releases featuring the Scotsman. ]]> <![CDATA[Appreciating the Art and Soul of Film Criticism - ]]> Last week, I joined the legion of readers descending, en masse, upon bookstores and Amazon for a chance to delve into New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth. ]]> <![CDATA[Still Running the Tragic American ‘Race’ - ]]> Race documents the powerful legacy of the accomplishments of Jesse Owens, the black Olympic athlete (and Ohio native) who challenged the notion of Aryan supremacy espoused by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.]]> <![CDATA[Protecting ‘Son of Saul’ - ]]> Walking the path of another and gaining a different perspective gets lauded often. Film sometimes allows for an uncomfortably literal approximation of this notion.]]> <![CDATA[Festival of Plenty - ]]> When it comes to film, everybody loves a catchy tagline. And the 2016 edition of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival promises “Mystery, History, Mischief and More.” What more can you ask for?]]> <![CDATA[The Motion Picture Academy’s Rush to Diversity - ]]> The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has heard the grumblings, and now it seems it’s letting the opposing voices know that it’s prepared to take action. ]]> <![CDATA[Better to Be Alone in ‘Mojave’ - ]]> Everything is so literal, brother, in the world of screenwriter-director William Monahan (Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Departed) out here in Mojave]]> <![CDATA[Encounters of 'The 4th' Kind - ]]> Andre Hyland boasts a substantial online following through his sketch-comedy character Jesse Miller — dude loves Monster Energy drinks and button-up shirts with tribal flame designs — but that’s not what has people buzzing about the Cincinnati native nowadays. ]]> <![CDATA[Waking Up to ‘Good Morning Karachi’ - ]]> There’s a funny thing about social and cultural issues in modern society; actually, the debate starts with the whole idea of what it means to be modern. ]]> <![CDATA[Looking Forward to New Characters in 2016 - ]]> Will 2016, with its over-abundance of sequels on the horizon, be in a position to introduce audiences to new characters that might one day join the ongoing pantheon of franchise players that dominate the multiplexes?]]> <![CDATA[The Narrative and Philosophical Maturity of <i>Youth</i> - ]]> With Youth, Paolo Sorrentino returns to the query explored in The Great Beauty of what remains when joy and pleasure no longer have intense immediacy and when memory bleeds away the vitality.
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<![CDATA[The Muse and the Modern Bard - ]]> William Shakespeare’s Macbeth gets a fascinating visual reinterpretation thanks to Justin Kurzel, an Australian neophyte with only one previous feature credit to his name.]]>