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Film Review: Nymphomaniac, Volume I

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Nymphomaniac, Volume I

Nymphomaniac, Volume I, is a difficult film to review, and not, surprisingly enough, because of its subject matter. The fact is that filmmaker provocateur Lars von Trier’s latest affront is, indeed, an unfinished piece. As engaging as Volume I is, it is not a standalone film, and without knowing precisely where LvT is going, it’s […]

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Documentary Week Returns to the Gateway Film Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Documentary Week Returns to the Gateway Film Center

Something you might not have noticed about the Oscars this year: every nominated documentary screened at Gateway Film Center’s Columbus Documentary Week last year. Pretty impressive. You can get in on next year’s nominations early by attending the film center’s celebration of nonfiction film when it returns this Thursday (3/27) for the first of its […]

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Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Let’s be honest, film critics love Wes Anderson. How can we help ourselves? An auteur if ever there was one, he owns a style unlike any other, marries whimsy with melancholy, gathers impeccable casts, draws beautifully unexpected performances – basically, he invites us into an imagination so wonderful and unusual that we are left breathless […]

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The Drexel Theatre Prepares for Future Shock at the Sci-Fi Marathon

Hope Madden Hope Madden The Drexel Theatre Prepares for Future Shock at the Sci-Fi Marathon

Columbus’s longest running movie marathon returns for its 31st event this weekend, bringing body snatching aliens, a one-eyed Kurt Russell, robots, cannibals, and Princess Dragon Mom with it. The 24 Hour Science Fiction Marathon invades the Drexel (2254 East Main St.) at noon Saturday (3/15). Dubbed “Future Shock”, the event looks at many different predictions […]

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Oscar Picks and Complaints for 2014

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Picks and Complaints for 2014

It’s almost time for Hollywood to reveal their thoughts on the best of the best they had to offer in 2013. With only two real shoe-ins, this is a tighter Oscar race than we’ve seen in years. Here are my picks and gripes. Best Film Will Win: 12 Years a Slave Gravity is a tough […]

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Brazilian Macabre Invades the Wex

Hope Madden Hope Madden Brazilian Macabre Invades the Wex

Via Brasil, The Wexner Center’s multi-year exploration of the art and culture of Brazil, goes macabre this weekend when guitar legend Gary Lucas brings the nation’s cult legend Coffin Joe to the screen. The alter ego of writer/director/actor Jose Mojica Marins, Coffin Joe first appeared in the film At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul – […]

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Film Review: Gloria

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Gloria

The only film opening this Valentine’s weekend that is truly worthy of your time is Gloria, a Chilean import that is its own kind of coming of age picture. A magnificent and utterly fearless Pauline Garcia offers a three dimensional performance like few could manage as Gloria, a vibrant woman in her late fifties still […]

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