ReelAbilities: Cincinnati Disabilities Film Festival (March
9-16, 2013), in its second year of programming, continues to offer
alternative stories featuring performers and characters with
disabilities actively and artfully engaged with mainstream society.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick wages a timely battle with this War,
highlighting several soldiers, mainly female, but altogether these
precious few are only a handful next to the thousands of cases of rape in the military (both
reported and unreported) that occur every year.
By all accounts, authors Kami Garcia and
Margaret Stohl have fashioned a more literate set of romantic teen
stories, beginning with Beautiful Creatures, that traffic in the tried-and-true world of forbidden love between mortals and supernatural beings.
In The Last Stand, a few opening weekend masochists forced themselves to watch as Schwarzenegger’s small border town sheriff and a ragtag collection of kooky deputies fought against a supposedly elite extraction team seeking to transport a notorious racecar driving drug kingpin back across the border.
Summing up a year’s worth of movies can
be tricky. Top 10 lists often yield more questions than answers. The
subjective nature of the endeavor inevitably reveals personal interests,
quirks and prejudices, all of which can be either intriguing or
infuriating depending on whether you agree with a given compiler’s
Sometimes the true pleasure of a film,
especially a documentary, is having the opportunity to bask in the
presence of someone you wish you could invite into your home for dinner
or head off on an epic road trip with.
Rust and Bone captures much of the
dynamic between Ali and Stephanie without excessive dialogue; there are
few situations where they feel the need to explain themselves. They are
creatures of action, full of passion, which at times, results in
unintended emotional carelessness.
Zero Dark Thirty begins in
darkness, not the pitch of night or space; rather simply, it starts with
the black frame and voices. Instantly, we recognize the voices as those
belonging to desperate callers on Sept. 11, 2001.
The “story” of Roger Michell’s new film, Hyde Park on Hudson, derives from the personal letters of Daisy (Laura Linney), the nominal protagonist who happens to have been a distant cousin of President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray).