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The Top 10 Best Films of 2013

Hope Madden Hope Madden The Top 10 Best Films of 2013

10. Blue is the Warmest Color The engrossing and immersive romantic drama may be best known for its NC-17 rating, but the beauty and heartbreak in this loose narrative make it one of the best films of 2013. Adele Exarchopoulos provides among the strongest performances onscreen this year in a love story that is as […]

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Film Review: American Hustle

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: American Hustle

David O. Russell can direct the shit out of a movie, can’t he? He startled his way into our consciousness in ’94 with the unbelievable Spanking the Monkey, followed by a smattering of well-crafted, unmarketable, endlessly watchable films. Then he took a few years off and came back wearing his shootin’ boots. The Fighter in […]

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Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

In some circles, a new Coen brothers’ film is more hotly anticipated than the next Batman. Those are my people. Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted among the most impressive set of movies of any American filmmakers. Though there are certain thumbprints that mark a film as theirs, they never cease to surprise in the […]

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Wex Shows the Movie the Rolling Stones Don’t Want You to See

Hope Madden Hope Madden Wex Shows the Movie the Rolling Stones Don’t Want You to See

The Wexner Center for the Arts unspools Robert Frank’s notorious 1972 Rolling Stones documentary Cocksucker Blues this Friday, December 13, at 7PM. The Wex’s Director of Film/Video, Dave Filipi, sat down with Columbus Underground this week to discuss the controversial film and the screening. Columbus Underground: You’ve chosen to screen the one Rolling Stones documentary […]

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Criterion Collection Comes to The Wexner Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Criterion Collection Comes to The Wexner Center

With a lineup of programs celebrating cutting-edge filmmakers, rediscovering cinematic classics, and exploring movies from around the globe, why would the Wexner Center for the Arts take time out to honor the work of Criterion, a home video company? For Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video at the Wex, the reason is obvious. “The people that […]

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America’s Longest Running Film Festival Returns to Columbus

Hope Madden Hope Madden America’s Longest Running Film Festival Returns to Columbus

This week marks the beginning of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, a two-week procession of brand new films from all around the world. Also known as the Chris Awards, it is the nation’s longest running film festival, returning to Columbus for the 61st time. “In 1950 a group of progressive educators at Ohio […]

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Remarkable, isn’t it, that it took a foreign-born filmmaker, with the help of a mostly foreign-born cast, to properly tell the shamefully American tale 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen is the British director who artfully and impeccably translates Solomon Northup’s memoir of illegal captivity to the screen. Northup, played with breathtaking beauty by Chiwetel […]

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