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Film Review: Dirty Wars

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Dirty Wars

In 2006, Jeremy Scahill’s articles on Blackwater exposed the privatization of American military force. Seven years later, the national security correspondent for The Nation magazine sees peril in another kind of American military power, a topic he uncovers in director Rick Rowley’s documentary Dirty Wars. Sort of a less reverent counterpart to Zero Dark Thirty, […]

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Film Review: How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: How to Make Money Selling Drugs

While securing a screener and finalizing info on opening dates, the phrase How to Make Money Selling Drugs found its way into many of my email subject lines. Hopefully the NSA and DEA don’t come calling, but if they do, I have a fascinating movie to recommend. Matthew Cooke’s documentary on the cost of America’s […]

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Dino Tripodis Brings a Bad Movie to Studio 35

Hope Madden Hope Madden Dino Tripodis Brings a Bad Movie to Studio 35

Starship Troopers is not the worst movie ever made, but lord, it is not good. That’s what makes it so perfect for Studio 35’s first installment of So Bad It’s Good, a Mystery Science Theater style production that pits three local comics against Johnny Rico and the brain sucking FX bugs of Klendathu. Who could […]

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Film Review: World War Z

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: World War Z

Fans of Max Brooks’s novel World War Z are less likely to be disappointed than baffled by Brad Pitt’s big screen adaptation. The film has about as much in common with Shakespeare as it has with Brooks’s wonderful, fictitious oral history of the zombie pandemic. Still, it’s not a bad flick. Not at all. Pitt […]

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Locally Made Film ‘Gibsonburg’ Opens This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Locally Made Film ‘Gibsonburg’ Opens This Weekend

Bob Mahaffey knows a good story when he hears it. He’s hoping to prove he knows how to tell one, too. “I just have a wonderful, beautiful story for you,” says the owner of the Dublin-based software training company Xcelerate Media. Several years ago at a holiday gathering, Mahaffey heard tell of a high school […]

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The Wex Brings 70mm of Clarity to The Master

Hope Madden Hope Madden The Wex Brings 70mm of Clarity to The Master

See The Master as the greatest living American filmmaker (that’s right, I said it!) meant it to be seen. The Wexner Center for the Arts is the first theater in Ohio to screen Paul Thomas Anderson’s phenomenal film in the format he envisioned, 70mm. Why 70mm? The acuity of the image produced by this film […]

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Greta Gerwig Acts, Writes, Dances, Talks to Columbus Underground

Hope Madden Hope Madden Greta Gerwig Acts, Writes, Dances, Talks to Columbus Underground

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) teams up once again with indie cinema’s It Girl, Greta Gerwig. Three years ago Gerwig co-starred – and utterly charmed – in Baumbach’s Greenberg. For their newest effort, Frances Ha, the pair collaborated from script to finished product. Their picture unspools Friday at the Drexel Theatre as […]

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