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.

See All the Best Picture Nominees Before the Awards

Feb 8, 2013

Larry Thomas tells listeners who love movies, but have not yet seen all the Oscar Contenders, about the AMC Best Picture Showcase, a chance to see all 9 movies on one Saturday, or over 2 Saturdays in February. AMC Theaters in this area include Newport on the Levee, West Chester, Hamilton and Richmond, Indiana.

Movie Review: Stand Up Guys

Feb 8, 2013

Sometimes it’s nice to go to a movie and spend a couple of hours with the old pros, especially when the film seems like it’s going to be one thing on the surface, and turns out rather different. The film is Stand Up Guys, and it came into town last week with little, if any, fanfare. It’s not playing everywhere, just a few select locations. Even film sites such as the Internet Movie Data Base and Google tag it as a “comedy.” Sure, there’s humor and a couple of laughs, but it’s definitely not The Sunshine Boys as Goodfellas.

Movie Review: Oscar Nominated Short Documentaries

Feb 1, 2013

Now that the holidays are past, it’s time for the folks at Cincinnati World Cinema to get back to work doing what they do best: presenting interesting film programs unlike those seen in the commercial venues. In the next several days, they have two different programs, which should be of interest to film buffs of every stripe.

Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Jan 25, 2013

Writer-director David O. Russell has a great touch when it comes to working with words and actors. He is best known for Three Kings, the Persian Gulf War film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, and The Fighter, also starring Wahlberg, in which Russell directed virtual unknown Melissa Leo to an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Jan 18, 2013

A few weeks ago I compared a film to an impromptu casserole made from available ingredients on your pantry shelf.  So let’s stick with the culinary metaphor once again and whip up a big pot of movie soup.

Top 10 Movies of 2012

Jan 11, 2013

It’s the time of year when film writers everywhere offer up their “Ten Best” lists. Granted, you’ll not see movies of this quality in one sitting, or even over a couple of months. And, it’s entirely possible you may have missed some of these jewels simply because of time constraints, or maybe you never heard of them before.

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Jan 4, 2013

I know many of us have gone to a movie simply because of the “over-hype” where the end product was nowhere nearly as good as the sales job. I have just discovered another arena of disappointment: “over-expectation.” As a big fan of westerns and of the films of Quentin Tarantino, I have awaited Django Unchained as if it were the star on top of the Christmas tree. Imagine my surprise when the film he delivered did not live up to what I envisioned he could deliver. And I’m not saying it’s a bad film, but it has enough little things wrong with it to chalk it up as a disappointment.

Movie Review: Hitchcock

Dec 21, 2012

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are starring in the story of the Hollywood legend who brought us The Birds, North by Northwest and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock is now playing in local theaters and Larry Thomas has a review.