The Big Screen

Sunday mornings during Cincinnati Edition
  • Hosted by Larry Thomas

Our local movie expert, Larry Thomas, explores some of the well-known and little-known films that are coming to a theatre near you.

An archive of movie reviews can be found here:

Review: Samsara

Nov 2, 2012

A long, long time ago, in a century not so far away, a filmmaker named Godfrey Reggio stunned movie audiences in art houses around the world with his film Koyaanisqatsi. Hard to say, harder to spell, it was an unusual documentary in that it had no narration and an ecological theme. Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian term for “life out of balance.” It was a masterfully edited collage of stunning imagery, some in real time, some not so real, all accompanied by a mesmerising score by Philip Glass.

Review: Seven Psychopaths

Oct 26, 2012

Sometimes filmmakers seem to have the most fun when they turn the camera on their craft and themselves. Among titles that come to mind are Singin' in the Rain and Sunset Boulevard.  Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths falls in line with that theory. The talented writer-director of the quirky In Bruges from a few years back seems to be using Seven Psychopaths as a cathartic experience to work through a bout of writer’s block.

Review: Argo

Oct 19, 2012

Ben Affleck’s newest film as a director, Argo, is a textbook example of how to make a first-class Hollywood movie from an actual event, and keep it moving, interesting, suspenseful, and sometimes funny.

Review: Looper

Oct 12, 2012

Futuristic sci-fi time travel movies have been around for a long time, but generally rely on fancy, and expensive, special effects. It’s nice that Looper is relatively low budget… a reported 30 million… for a film like this. There are no spinning gadgets or spectacular tunnels of light. In fact, Looper is primarily character driven, with an intriguing story featuring some terrific performances.

Review: Two Days in New York

Oct 5, 2012

French actress Julie Delpy first came to prominence in the US as co-star of Richard Linklater’s pair of romantic dramas Before Sunset and Before Sunrise. In these art house hits, Delpy stars with Ethan Hawke about a couple who connect one night in France in the first film, separate, and reconnect in the second.

Review: The Master

Sep 28, 2012

Going to movies is like having Forest Gump’s box o’ chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.

Sometimes you walk into a low-budget indie film with no known stars, and a fairly goofy concept, and it turns out to be Safety Not Guaranteed, a totally charming and disarming tale that leaves a big smile on your face.

Review: Award Winning British Adverts

Sep 21, 2012

It’s time once again for Cincinnati World Cinema to bring you the latest edition of the British Arrow Award winning commercials. That’s right…commercials. These little mini-movies, created for television and cinema use in the UK offer up more creativity and imagination than what we usually get on this side of the pond.

Review: Arbitrage

Sep 14, 2012

More often than not, movies these days are not created, they’re cobbled together like a casserole recipe using parts from other sources. In this instance, take Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, add an episode of Law  & Order… any episode, doesn’t matter from which of the series…drop in a pinch of Bernie Madoff, and blend in a whiff of Pretty Woman, and you have Arbitrage. This new thriller is set against the perilous world of hedge funds and high finance, and is nothing if not topical.

What's New on DVD's?

Sep 7, 2012

It never comes as a surprise when the summertime blockbuster and family vacation movie going season comes to a close. You can almost feel that door close behind you. This year, that door closing came earlier than usual.

Review: Iron Jawed Angels

Aug 31, 2012

An important part of the upcoming election will be how women vote. Cincinnati World Cinema is presenting the film Iron Jawed Angels, the story of suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who put their lives on the line to win the fight for women’s right to vote. Larry Thomas has a review of this film, which stars Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond, Margo Martindale, Anjelica Huston and others.