movie review

The Big Screen
12:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

I’m more than likely in the minority on this film, but I have a few problems with Saving Mr. Banks, in which Tom Hanks as Walt Disney is having difficulty with the prickly author of the book Mary Poppins, played by Emma Thompson, who wants to micromanage every aspect of the film’s production. If you have seen the trailer, it appears to be a feel-good tale of moviemaking surrounding one of the most beloved films ever made. What the trailer doesn’t reveal is that it’s really two films in one.

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Best and Worst Christmas Movies

Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.
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The Big Screen
11:59 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Movie Review: Out of the Furnace

Almost everything I’ve read since seeing the new film Out of the Furnace makes comparisons to The Deer Hunter, which is legitimate. The film takes place in the hardscrabble world of a Pennsylvania steel mill town; the younger brother of the lead character is sent to Iraq, although we’re spared any footage of that deployment; it’s incredibly violent; and yes, there is a scene of deer hunting.

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Cincinnati World Cinema
12:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Movie Review: Lunafest festival at The Carnegie

It’s always an annual treat when Cincinnati World Cinema brings in the current Lunafest collection. This long-running series of short films by and about women is an excellent way for budding filmmakers to get noticed, and also do some good in the process. As always, a portion of the proceeds from these showings will go to the national Breast Cancer Fund, and locally, to the Eva G. Farris Education Center in Covington.

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The Big Screen
12:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

Many of the current comic book films are hit or miss with me. I loved The Avengers, even to the point of having it on my ten best list for the year of its release. Unfortunately, the current offering from Marvel Studios, Thor: The Dark World is nowhere near that good. I have not seen the first Thor film, so comparisons aren’t appropriate, but having seen the newest Thor adventure, I’m not particularly eager to catch up with the first one.

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