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Cincinnati has been the backdrop for a myriad of books, TV shows, and films through the years. Why is that? 

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Rain may be in the forecast this weekend, but there's plenty to do around town inside and out. 

Not so very long ago, everyone agreed when Summer Movie Season kicked off. There was no subjectivity involved. It was dictated by the calendar: Memorial Day weekend meant the arrival of the big tentpole movies that would proceed to bust blocks over the course of the sultry summer months. Simple.

Fast becoming a popular OTR destination is The Mini Microcinema, which shares smaller, outside-the-mainstream films with the broader community. 

Locally created cat videos will be featured in the upcoming movie-themed fundraiser for the Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR)

Local musician Kim Taylor is just back from a month of shows in Germany with her Water and Sand partner Todd Thibaud, and a new CD is forthcoming. 

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Oscar contender “Carol” is one of the many films that have put Cincinnati on the map as a movie city. Production crews are currently here filming "Inconceivable" with Nicholas Cage and Gina Gershon.

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The neighborhood film project Hilltop Stories and Cradle Cincinnati have teamed up to shine a light on the Cincinnati neighborhoods of North and South Fairmount and South Cumminsville. 

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Smaller, lighter, less-expensive digital cameras, computer generated imaging (CGI), non-linear editing and other advances in technology have provided film makers with an entirely new set of tools to tell their stories and create movie magic. 

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On June 10, the film The Fits from filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer opens at the Esquire Theater. 

Today when Greater Cincinnati movie-goers want to catch a feature film they can head to one of the local multiplexes, a smaller art-house theater or even an IMAX. Or they can just stream a movie to their flat-screen TV or smart device. But there was a time when seeing a movie in Cincinnati meant a trip to the Albee, the Shubert, or one of the other dozen-plus theaters downtown, or to one of the suburban movie houses like the Covedale, the Mount Lookout Cinema, or the 20th Century in Oakley.

It’s been 30 years since the world was introduced to Marty McFly, the teenaged time traveler in the Back to the Future movies.

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Kentucky is upping the ante in its quest to attract more movies.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 340 into law this month, increasing the income tax credit from 20 percent to 30 percent; and giving added incentives for filming in certain counties and for using Kentucky labor.

  Two more movies are ready to start filming in Greater Cincinnati. Over the years, several movie crews have shot films in and around our region, giving locals plenty of opportunities to get a taste of Hollywood and grab a few seconds of fame on film as extras. But how do casting directors decide who to put in a movie?

“Goat,” a major motion picture, will be filmed in Cincinnati beginning next month, according to the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.

The film – adapted from a memoir of fraternity hazing – is being produced by producers Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films, along with Rabbit Bandini Productions’ James Franco and Vince Jolivette, a Hamilton native.

The executive producer is John Wells, who has won Emmy awards for "ER" and "The West Wing;" and is executive producer of the Showtime series "Shameless."

Cincinnati native and Princeton HS grad Isaac J. Sullivan is now a successful model and actor who joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about his new film, At the Top of the Pyramid (showing March 15-16 at the Cinemark in Oakley), his career and growing up in Cincinnati.

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The movie business is bringing millions to the Tri-State, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati economists.

Carol, Miles Ahead and the A&E television series Renovation Row, all filmed in 2014, were responsible for adding $45.9 million in direct and indirect spending to the local economy.  The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Cincinnati will once again be in the spotlight as "The Blunderer" begins filming November 17.

The movie stars Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson and will be entirely shot in Greater Cincinnati. The same producers filmed "Carol" here and said, "The Film Commission, the rebate, locations, infrastructure,  and welcoming people of Cincinnati brought us back a second time within one year."

Gorilla Cinema gives a new meaning to the traditional idea of dinner & a movie.

Jacob Trevino and Martha Tiffany are not just film fanatics. Jacob is a professional mixologist and Martha a professional Sous Chef. Together they created Gorilla Cinema with the intention of blending their knowledge of food and drink with their passion for the silver screen to craft a wonderfully delicious, unique and whimsical movie-going experience.

Coming Soon: The Cincinnati Film Festival

Sep 12, 2014

Larry Thomas has some thoughts about the upcoming Cincinnati Film Festival.

  Summer movies tend to come on strong...at least the trailers and hype usually shout “blockbuster.” But what can we expect from the films being released this summer? And what is the ultimate summer movie experience: hitting an IMAX; piling the family in the car and finding one of the few drive-ins still in operation; being able to enjoy dinner during the show; or will any multiplex do? Contributing Film Editor for Cincinnati CityBeat and Dayton CityPaper, tt stern-enzi, and WVXU Entertainment Contributor Larry Thomas take a look at what’'s in store for movie-goers this summer. For more movie reviews and information, check out the Movie Review Query Engine.

Academy Awards Preview

Feb 28, 2014

  The 86th Academy Awards show airs live this Sunday with Host Ellen DeGeneres. Which film will win the Oscar for Best Picture of 2013, Gravity, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Zombie Massacre?

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  The camera loves us. Or at least it loves our hillsides, rivers, neighborhoods and architecture. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have been cast in dozens of feature films over the years, including "Rain Man", "Traffic", "Airborne", "The Ides of March" and, "A Rage in Harlem." And another major motion picture, "Carol", is scheduled to start production here this spring.

  Cowboys and Indians, Cowboys and Aliens, and now Cowboys and Zombies, in Revelation Trail, a movie produced by John Gibson, a Northern Kentucky University lecturer and film maker. John Gibson gives us a preview of the movie, which has its first area screening July 25 at the Madison Theater in Covington.

Movie Review: Koch

Mar 22, 2013

Documentaries are good because, for the most part, they take us places we’ve never been and/or introduce us to people that we may have known about via sound bites and news stories, but really didn’t know in person. Such is the case with the film Koch, a look at the life and career of Ed Koch, the feisty, in your face, three-term mayor of New York City during a very turbulent period.

Movie Review: Oscar Shorts & More 2013

Mar 15, 2013

It’s time once again to give you the chance to catch up with all the Oscar Nominated Shorts from this past year, both live action and animated. Cincinnati World Cinema is, for the twelfth year, bringing you this eclectic and entertaining compilation of all the nominees. Unlike other showings in the country, CWC also has the good sense to mix them up in two separate programs containing some of the live action, some of the animateds, and some of the bonus shorts. That makes for an all-around more enjoyable viewing experience.

Movie Review: Quartet

Mar 8, 2013

  It must be considered an act of serendipity when all the right people get together to make a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Such a case is Quartet. Based on a play by Oscar winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood, Quartet is set in a retirement home for musicians, located in what must be one of the loveliest spots in the English countryside. Most of the musicians are classical, many of them opera singers, and there are a couple of aged vaudevillians in there as well. It’s getting close to the annual fund raising gala which helps fund the facility. The name attraction has had to step down due to ill health, which puts a crimp in their style. But the arrival of a new resident, a grand Diva with worldwide fame, may be their hope for a record-breaking fundraiser, which is dedicated to Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Movie Review: Side Effects

Mar 1, 2013

It’s fun to see a film that is a carefully constructed cat-and-mouse game, particularly when the ensuing events play havoc with the plans of either the cat or the mouse or both. Hitchcock was a master of the genre, and other directors have fared well with this premise.


Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Feb 15, 2013

Well, I guess everything comes to an end. I think we’re beginning to see the end of the constant parade of shoot-em-up cop movies that captured our hearts and minds in the 1980s and are still being made today. For now.


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