The Big Screen en Movie Review: The Bling Ring <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Did you ever wonder where the faux famous come from? You know… the ones who are famous for just being famous. Perhaps you may get some insight from Sofia </span>Coppola’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new film </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href=""><strong>The&nbsp;Bling&nbsp;Ring</strong></a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It’s based on true events in Los Angeles, with, as they say, only the names changed.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:31:05 +0000 Larry Thomas 14238 at Movie Review: The Bling Ring Movie Preview: Mindbenders Film Series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s something new coming up next weekend on the cinema scene in Cincinnati. </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">The Art Academy of Cincinnati</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Over the Rhine is hosting </span>“<a href="" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mindbenders</strong></a><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;Film Series: A Far-Out Film Series</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” presented by Pumpkin Productions and the newly reinvigorated&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Cincinnati Film Society</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Screenings will be held Friday through Sunday, June 28-30, in the Art Academy’s auditorium, with a different film each day. There are two Cincinnati premieres, and the premiere of a restored classic.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 05:31:05 +0000 Larry Thomas 13991 at Movie Preview: Mindbenders Film Series Movie Review: Now You See Me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four street magicians answer a mysterious summons and within a year have been transformed into The Four Horsemen, a big, new glitzy Vegas act that promises to rob a bank in France while standing on the stage. As in all works of illusion, nothing is really what it seems. But in the film&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Now You See Me</strong></a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the talented cast pulls off this scam in a very enjoyable manner. &nbsp;The Four Horsemen are played by Jesse </span>Eisenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Dave Franco… yes, James Franco’s younger brother, Isla Fisher, and Lebanon’s own Woody </span>Harrelson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in what is probably his best performance since </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The People vs. Larry Flynt</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Working for the law we have Mark </span>Ruffalo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as an FBI agent, who is saddled with a novice partner from Interpol, played by Melanie Laurent who gained worldwide attention in Quentin Tarantino’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Inglourious Basterds</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. And naturally there has to be a couple of elder statesmen to follow the action, comment on and drop clues to what’s going on. Or so we think. Those roles fall to hard-working old pros Michael </span>Caine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Morgan Freeman.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:31:05 +0000 Larry Thomas 13676 at Movie Review: Now You See Me Movie Review: Stories We Tell <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2006, talented Canadian actress Sarah Polley took a chance on making her first feature as a writer-director. The film was<em> Away From Her</em>, a sad yet hopeful story about a woman with Alzheimers, which managed to nab Oscar nominations for both Polley for her screenplay, and her star Julie Christie for Best Actress. Now Polley is back with another journey of discovery, but more about her than anyone else, in&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href=""><strong>Stories We Tell</strong></a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Polley’s mother died early, and as she grew up, kept hearing rumours that her father might not actually be her father. Both parents had been actors and stories abounded. Dad was an introvert, who could do well without a lot of people around. Mom was a loving, living free spirit who needed to express herself.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:31:05 +0000 Larry Thomas 13418 at Movie Review: Stories We Tell Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You would think any movie franchise with the number 6 after its title would have ended up on my screening list along the way. Not so with&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Fast &amp; Furious 6</strong></a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I have never seen entries one through five. So at least I can report from a reasonably fresh perspective, instead of just more of the same.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:32:05 +0000 Larry Thomas 13138 at Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6