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James Ponsoldt Breathes Dramatic Life into the John Hughes Teen Formula

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Spectacular Now’s Sutter (Miles Teller) leads a good life, a damned good life for an onscreen high school senior. He may seem all too familiar to those of us weaned on the John Hughes teen comedies of the 1980s, because if you squint and tilt your head to the left a little, Sutter is the modern-day incarnation of Ferris Bueller.   

Woody Allen Mines the Venal Depths of Financial Despair

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Allen turns his attention to the financial crisis of 2008 and a Bernie Madoff-type named Hal (Alec Baldwin), one of those Wall Street titans building cloud-based castles in the sky that blot out both the sun and common sense. He’s gruff and arrogant, all façade with no substantive core inside his bulked-up blustering frame.  

Paul Schrader Tries a New Way with 'The Canyons'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Paul Schrader has had a long and often tumultuous career in movies. The 67-year-old Michigan native began his obsession with cinema as a critic in the early 1970s, one of the most creatively fertile periods in American movie history.  

Wheeling & Dealing with 'The Millers'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Maybe I’m as juvenile as my wife thinks, but the bit in trailer for Rawson Marshall Thurber’s We’re the Millers where Jason Sudeikis, as a scheming drug mule who hires a fake family to smuggle drugs across the border, launches into a Bane voice (spoofing Tom Hardy’s villain from The Dark Knight Rises) just sends me into a fit of hysterical laughter.   

Onscreen Alternative: Craving Black & White

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few times each year, certain films challenge me on a deeper, primal level. They rattle the critical cage, issuing a call that necessitates a response from more than the safe sanctity of the intellect. They demand a blood offering from the heart.  

How 'Excited' Should We Be About the New Almodóvar?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
With certain directors, every new release takes us back to the first time we experienced their work. We remember the visceral thrills, the powerful sensuality or the intellectual austerity that captivated us and we want relive those sensations, which means we set the bar at a level so high that only a talented few can achieve it.   

Seeking Direction From ‘The Way, Way Back’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Way, Way Back starts right off with that signature scene from the trailers. Duncan (Liam James), a slightly awkward 14-year-old, sits in the back of an old station wagon that belongs to Trent (Steve Carell), the new boyfriend of his mother Pam (Toni Collette).  

Playing the Name Game

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Director Lee Daniels (Precious) finds himself in a most curious position less than two months from the release of his new film, a historic drama detailing the life of Eugene Allen (here known as Cecil Gaines and played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker), a quiet Everyman who served eight presidents during his time as a butler in the White House  

And Still 'the Void' Remains

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
There is much drama at the heart of biblical relationships, but most modern translations resort to soap melodrama, the absurd and tasteless that has now become commonplace in our reality-based culture.  

Mindbenders Series Brings Devilishly Twisted Features to the 'Nati

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Pumpkin Productions, the moniker chosen by CityBeat contributing arts editor Steven Rosen, has teamed up with co-sponsor Cincinnati Film Society to present a three-day Mindbenders series, which will screen at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  

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