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Film Review: Mud

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Mud

Jeff Nichols’s criminally underseen Take Shelter was the best film of 2011. Poetic and understated, steeped in the mores of small town Ohio, this story of a man haunted by visions of the apocalypse benefitted from a treatment fully at home in its setting. (It was also buoyed by faultless performances from Michael Shannon and […]

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Wex Spotlights Ohio Filmmakers

Hope Madden Hope Madden Wex Spotlights Ohio Filmmakers

The Wexner Center for the Arts has a long history of spotlighting the work of national and international filmmakers – such as Brazilian cinematic heavyweight Nelson Pereira dos Santos, who stopped by the Wex this week as part of their Via Brasil program. But each year, they take a moment to encourage and share Ohio-born […]

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Wex Celebrates a Diamond Anniversary with Rare Baseball Film Event

Hope Madden Hope Madden Wex Celebrates a Diamond Anniversary with Rare Baseball Film Event

The sun is shining, the air is warm – it must be spring. If that puts you in the mood to play ball, you sound just like Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Rare Baseball Films, the Wex’s tribute to Filipi’s favorite […]

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Film Review: Evil Dead

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Evil Dead

Back in ’81, tenderhearted Ash and his beloved Linda – both Michigan State fans – hopped in the old Oldsmobile Delta and headed into the Tennessee woods for a relaxing weekend with buddies Scott and Shelly, and Ash’s bitchy sister Cheryl. Oh, the fun they had… Flash forward, and a new set of vacationers young […]

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New Fangs for an Old Vampire

Hope Madden Hope Madden New Fangs for an Old Vampire

The coolest vampire – and among the first – ever to grace the big screen gets a makeover this weekend, courtesy of composer Andrew Alden, and you can check it out at the Gateway Film Center (1551 N. High St.). At 2pm and 8pm Friday, March 29, Alden and his band The Andrew Alden Ensemble […]

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Homegrown Actor Gone Wrong

Hope Madden Hope Madden Homegrown Actor Gone Wrong

Wildly original filmmaker Quentin Dupieux’s newest “no reason” film Wrong opens in Columbus this weekend. The director’s feature debut, Rubber, depicted a car tire on a murderous rampage. I’ll pause and let that settle in for a second. Dupieux’s laid back, loony style finds a slightly more accessible form in his latest effort. Wrong is […]

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Film Review: Stoker

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Stoker

If you haven’t seen Chan-wook Park’s twisted revenge fantasy Oldboy, do so immediately. I’ll wait. Amazing, isn’t it? Hell, his whole Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) inspires awe. Wildly inventive, punishing and entertaining, the films mark a director with a talent for subversive action. For the Korean filmmaker’s English […]

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