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Film Review: Two Days, One Night

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Two Days, One Night

A woman wakes from a nap due to a phone call. She’s baking for the kids. It seems like a lovely way to spend your afternoon, really, drowsy and surrounded by the smell of baked goods. So why does Sandra (Oscar-nominated Marion Cotillard) sound defensive about the nap and too enthusiastic about the treats with […]

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Film Review: A Most Violent Year

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: A Most Violent Year

J. C. Chandor knows what he wants to say. He knows the content, the concepts, and the situations, and while you may not, do not expect to be spoon fed. His 2011 debut Margin Call wasted no time getting audiences up to speed on Wall Street’s inner workings, nor did Chandor preface 2013’s All Is […]

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Oscar Nominations and Snubs

Hope Madden Hope Madden Oscar Nominations and Snubs

The Academy takes some punches every January as the rest of us scratch our heads over the films and performances they deem most deserving of recognition, and even more questionable, those they believe are not. 2015 is no different. The Oscar nominations reveal much deserved love for Birdman, Boyhood, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but […]


Central Ohio Film Critics Pick Best of 2014

Hope Madden Hope Madden Central Ohio Film Critics Pick Best of 2014

The Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA) announced its choices for best in film, 2014 last night at a private awards ceremony held at the Gateway Film Center. It was the 13th such gathering of Columbus-area film critics, aimed at recognizing excellence in film, from acting to writing, cinematography to break out performance, foreign language […]

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Film Review: Selma

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Selma

Every year Oscar season sees a healthy number of well made biopics for the Academy’s consideration, and those efforts are very often rewarded: 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, The Iron Lady. But in the 14 years I’ve been covering film in Columbus, none has been as painfully relevant as Selma. Ava DuVernay’s account of the […]

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Film Review: Inherent Vice

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Inherent Vice

Where Inherent Vice most succeeds is in proving that both Joaquin Phoenix and filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson can do anything. Phoenix and Anderson collaborated on their 2012 masterpiece The Master, but the spawn of their latest partnership couldn’t be any more different. You know Phoenix – brooding, troubled, powerful – but comedic? Likeable? Sort of weirdly adorable, even? […]

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Year in Review: The Best Films of 2014

Hope Madden Hope Madden Year in Review: The Best Films of 2014

The year offered a lot of great films and several unusual trends, like the abundance of exceptional movies with one word titles. Weird. We also had a banner year in great independent horror, excellent blockbusters, some exceptional movies from first time filmmakers (Rosewater, Nightcrawler, Dear White People, Obvious Child and more), and a promising number […]

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