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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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Film Review: The Great Gatsby

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: The Great Gatsby

A Moulin Rouge spin on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of decadence, longing, and the brutal carelessness of the wealthy could have been awesome. Isn’t that what we kind of expected when Rouge helmsman Baz Luhrmann signed on to direct The Great Gatsby, especially when he unveiled his hip hop and jazz soundtrack? What better way […]

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Gateway’s Indie Film Showcase Cures the Blockbuster Blahs

Hope Madden Hope Madden Gateway’s Indie Film Showcase Cures the Blockbuster Blahs

Already tired of blockbuster season? The Gateway Film Center has just the remedy. Their Independent Film Showcase launches this week, running May 9 to May 16. This edition of the semiannual event screens seventeen flicks you’d be hard pressed to find onscreen anywhere else. Anchored by Brit filmmaker Ken Loach’s charming The Angels’ Share – […]

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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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