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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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Pins Mechanical Company to Open Second Location in Dublin

Walker Evans Walker Evans Pins Mechanical Company to Open Second Location in Dublin

The hotly anticipated entertainment venue Pins Mechanical Company has not even opened their first location in Downtown Columbus, but they’re already announcing a second spot that will be coming to Bridge Park in Dublin next summer. The second location is expected to bring more of the same type of entertainment to visitors, including duckpin bowling, pinball, […]

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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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The Best Films of 2016 (So Far)

Hope Madden Hope Madden The Best Films of 2016 (So Far)

What the? The year is half over? Let’s get caught up. Batman v. Superman wasn’t that bad, Civil War wasn’t that good, and two Gerard Butler flicks are clubhouse leaders for worst of the year. But let’s focus on the positive. With honorable mentions going to Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Keanu, Everybody Wants Some!!, […]

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Summer Releases Start Looking Up

Hope Madden Hope Madden Summer Releases Start Looking Up

June may be turning itself around. This month is prime summer blockbuster real estate, but the releases have been weak. This weekend, however, you will find the month’s first bona fide children’s blockbuster with Pixar’s amazing-as-usual Finding Dory. There are also some great documentaries, an award-winning foreign drama, a stronger-than-expected buddy comedy film, and even […]

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Best Bites BBQ Preview: House of BBQ and Blues

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Bites BBQ Preview: House of BBQ and Blues

You can normally find the House of BBQ and Blues food truck on Parsons Avenue, but on Thursday, June 23rd, you can come and find them at Best Bites: Barbecue as they compete for your votes for the best BBQ in the city! Owners Tamaul and Nikki Boston will be featuring their pulled pork, which is […]

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Sequels and CGI This Week in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Sequels and CGI This Week in Theaters

Sequels and video game movies…sigh. Oh, June. You used to offer so much more! There are some interesting indies opening in town this weekend, and hey, you can still check out The Lobster! The Conjuring 2 The thing that made James Wan’s 2013 ghost story The Conjuring so effective – more than the solid cast, […]

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