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Prayers, Paperbacks and Payback in Theaters this Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Prayers, Paperbacks and Payback in Theaters this Weekend

Badass women, disregarding the desires of others and following their own (often bloody, sometimes bookish) paths—that’s the theme for this week in movies. It’s an off week, sure, but it’s crammed to bursting with splashy, trashy time-wasters, and that’s always fun. Well, I mean, The Nun is not exactly fun… The Nun by Hope Madden […]

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Searching, Longing and Singing in Columbus Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Searching, Longing and Singing in Columbus Theaters

It’s Hollywood’s off-season, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. Blockbuster season is over (for the moment), so big studios are either releasing outright garbage or smaller films they took a chance on. Cinemas are also less reluctant to share their screens with indies, so you see more choices—it’s just that a […]

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Dirty Puppets, Saucy Hollywood and Great Escapes in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Dirty Puppets, Saucy Hollywood and Great Escapes in Theaters

Mostly middling August continues its slow trickle to the autumn awards season with some deranged puppet humor, a decent remake and a pretty fascinating documentary about the naughtier side of early Hollywood. The Happytime Murders by Hope Madden Do you like Melissa McCarthy? Foul language? How do you feel about puppet ejaculate? You should probably […]

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Crazy Rich Asians and Mark Wahlberg in Columbus (Movie Theaters)

Hope Madden Hope Madden Crazy Rich Asians and Mark Wahlberg in Columbus (Movie Theaters)

Mark Wahlberg is here to sell cars and beat the hell out of the end-of-summer movie doldrums, but is he successful? And how scary is Michelle Yeoh as a prospective mother-in-law? Most importantly, will there be better movies next week? Crazy Rich Asians by Rachel Willis When Nick Young (Henry Golding) asks Rachel Chu (Constance […]

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Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns August 23-25

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns August 23-25

It’s been a year since Cristyn Steward launched the Columbus Black International Film Festival. Does running a film festival get easier in its second year? In a word: No. “It’s easier in terms of navigating what needs to get done and how and when,” Steward says. “This year it was more of that. I know […]

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Statham Punches Sharks, Lee Returns to Form in Theaters This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Statham Punches Sharks, Lee Returns to Form in Theaters This Weekend

Jason Statham slips into some scuba gear to brawl with a 70-foot prehistoric shark. You know what that means—summer blockbuster season is officially over and we will see mainly dregs until awards time. But wait, who is that bringing a fascinating, relevant and entertaining offering to the late-summer downslide? Hello, Spike Lee.   BlacKkKlansman by […]

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Filmmaker Celia C. Peters’s SciFi Future is in CBUS

Hope Madden Hope Madden Filmmaker Celia C. Peters’s SciFi Future is in CBUS

Independent filmmaker Celia C. Peters found a nice niche in the New York film scene. What made her decide to set up shop in Columbus? The Toledo-born, Michigan and New York-educated filmmaker loves what Columbus has to offer. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Peters attended graduate school in New York. She intended to […]

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