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Heady SciFi + Fun Comedy in Theaters this Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Heady SciFi + Fun Comedy in Theaters this Weekend

What a remarkable February. In what is traditionally a dumping ground month we have been gifted with not only the best superhero film in years—perhaps ever—but a heady SciFi tale from a burgeoning master of the genre. Plus a pretty decent comedy and an absorbing German import. And if that’s not your bag, you can […]

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Nite Owl Theatre Producer Starts David Lynch Program in Miamisburg

Hope Madden Hope Madden Nite Owl Theatre Producer Starts David Lynch Program in Miamisburg

Mike McGraner has been populating local theaters with interesting special programming for years. Whether it’s the long-running and much-beloved Nite Owl Theatre, or his more recent effort, Terror from the Eighties, the Columbus native is always looking for new ways to entertain local filmgoers. But he takes his talents a bit outside the area for […]

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Cinema Revival Returns to the Wex

Hope Madden Hope Madden Cinema Revival Returns to the Wex

The Wexner Center for the Arts has always been a passionate advocate of film preservation and restoration. David Filipi, Director of Film/Video for the Wexner Center for the Arts, says there are several reasons for that. “Part of our mission is to present some of the great films in history,” he says. “This is a […]

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Black Panther and Lesser Offerings in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Black Panther and Lesser Offerings in Theaters

Black Panther is here! Go see it. Dude, I’m not even lying. There may be other movies out this weekend (I mean, there are—see below), but this is the one you want to see. Black Panther Ryan Coogler’s stunning first feature, 2013’s Fruitvale Station, proved his instincts as a storyteller. It also made apparent the […]

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Valentine’s Weekend Movies

Hope Madden Hope Madden Valentine’s Weekend Movies

Valentine’s Day approaches, which means another Fifty Shades movie, for shit’s sake. If you want even less sexual chemistry or emotional enjoyment, the brilliant Michael Haneke offers something to slowly corrupt your soul. And if that isn’t your bag, a genuinely charming family film hops through Columbus, plus you can watch every single Oscar nominated […]

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Grim Westerns, Grim Dystopias & Oscar Nominees in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Grim Westerns, Grim Dystopias & Oscar Nominees in Theaters

Hundreds of movies came out last week. I’m ball-parking, but there were a lot. Not so, this week. Slim pickins. Grim pickins. Not a lot of smiles in here, but hey, maybe melancholy Westerns and YA dystopias are for you. If not, nearly every theater in Columbus is stocked this weekend with Oscar nominees, including […]

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2018 Oscar Nominations, Celebrations & Snubs

Hope Madden Hope Madden 2018 Oscar Nominations, Celebrations & Snubs

2017 was a year marked by independents: original screenplays, original ideas, low-budgets, big returns. How beautiful is that? Bearing his most intimate vision yet, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water swept up 13 Oscar nominations, impressing voters in nearly every category, from technical achievement through acting and directing. And Get Out represents the first […]

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