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Cracking the Code with ‘I Origins’ Director Mike Cahill

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For fans of the current wave of independent filmmaking, there’s a certain romantic curiosity surrounding the power-trio of Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij and Mike Cahill. Marling holds the center, anchoring and serving as the face of the trio’s projects together.  

Paul Haggis Keeps ‘Third Person’ a Remote Exercise

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
“Watch me.” The line of dialogue is whispered during a couple of key sequences in Third Person, the new film from Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning director of Crash (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). As you might imagine, the phrase insinuates itself dramatically into the hearts of the characters who hear it, as they attempt to heed the call.  

A Family-Friendly Call From ‘Earth to Echo’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Earth to Echo wastes no time setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped community in Nevada.   

‘Obvious Child’ is Not Just an Abortion Rom-Com

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child, the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre (working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in mainstream romantic comedies.  

Demanding More of ‘Words and Pictures’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire, where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly behind the wheel, that only he had.  

Big Screen Summer Classics

Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theatre keeps classic movies alive

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Larry Thomas, a longtime local film buff and lover of great old movie theaters, speaks for many Cincinnatians when he says, “I try at least once a week to consciously think to curse the names of all those who had a hand in murdering the Albee. What a waste!”   

Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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.  

The Roots of Jack and Those Beans

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
That tagline — “You don’t know Jack” — is going to be run into the ground over the course of the next week or so, as director Bryan Singer’s latest feature about a farmhand named Jack, some magic beans and an army of angry giants threatens to overtake the multiplexes.  

Coming to a (Movie) Theater Near You

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I love going to the movies, but I leave writing about them to others, especially my CityBeat colleague tt stern-enzi, who routinely offers a perspective worth reading. Nevertheless, I’m going to local cineplexes more often for digital transmissions of theater from around the world.  

Reflecting Life

Nick Clooney on film's reflection of the human condition and how Hollywood finally set the record straight about the brutality of slavery

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
As the March 2 date for this year’s Academy Awards approaches, and with it the growing suspense over who will win what, Nick Clooney follows from his Augusta, Ky., home with special interest.  

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