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Going Boldly but Keeping the Lights On

Hope Madden Hope Madden Going Boldly but Keeping the Lights On

Why binge old TV shows when you can wander into a big, air conditioned movie theater and see your old small-screen buddies expand to monstrous proportions? Unless you’re afraid of the dark, in which case, there is this one movie out this weekend you may want to avoid. Actually – you may want to skip […]

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Ghostbusters Doesn’t Suck and Other New Movies

Hope Madden Hope Madden Ghostbusters Doesn’t Suck and Other New Movies

Looks like a pretty quiet weekend at the movies – nothing opening anyone’s ever heard of. I’m lying. The most buzzed-about film of the year — whether because of anticipation, nostalgia or misogyny – Ghostbusters take their lady-fueled proton packs to the multiplex this weekend. And you know what? It’s not bad. Neither is the […]

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Animals Aplenty at the Movies This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Animals Aplenty at the Movies This Weekend

After last week’s lackluster take at the box office, the cinema is a veritable zoo of mediocrity this weekend. Another new family film may finally knock Finding Dory out of the top spot, but it will not stick around. Meanwhile, a couple of party animals find dates and filmmaker/misanthrope Todd Solondz takes in a stray. […]

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Badass Women Come to the Wex

Hope Madden Hope Madden Badass Women Come to the Wex

Who’s in the mood for some badasses? The Wexner Center has you covered. Their two month series Don’t Call Me Honey: Fierce Women of Film spreads out over the rest of the summer to highlight what girl power has looked like over the course of cinema’s history. “A number of years ago, we did a […]

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Unusual Friendships, Ape Men and Electoral Bloodshed

Hope Madden Hope Madden Unusual Friendships, Ape Men and Electoral Bloodshed

It’s fun with flatulence this weekend, with deceptively layered fare that gets silly and yet has a story to tell. Spielberg returns to family adventures, a bunch of Dans (and one Dano) offer a seriously odd buddy flick, Tarzan (shockingly) does not suck, and one horror franchise riffs too-believably on our current state of politics. […]

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Options for Avoiding Independence Day Sequel

Hope Madden Hope Madden Options for Avoiding Independence Day Sequel

Twenty years ago, I nearly walked out of the theater because Independence Day was just so god-awful. Belatedly, it’s getting a sequel – one inexplicably opening a week and a half before Independence Day. But there are other options! Nicolas Winding Refn returns to the screen with another polarizing wonder, and John Travolta’s CBUS shot […]

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Paul Thomas Anderson Film Retrospective at Gateway Film Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Paul Thomas Anderson Film Retrospective at Gateway Film Center

Paul Thomas Anderson – among the greatest American filmmakers working today or ever – turns 46 this weekend. I believe if you google search the appropriate gift for 46, it is a film retrospective. That might not be correct, but it’s what Anderson is getting from Gateway Film Center. The theater will screen the auteur’s […]

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