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Movie review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ funny as a sequel, falls flat as a standalone

November 24, 2014
Some of the problems that come with trying to make a successful sequel stem from trying to live up to the standard set by the original, while also providing something fresh to the audience. “Horrible Bosses 2” doesn’t really accomplish either of these objectives, but it still generates enough laughs to make for a good trip to the movies.  Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprise their lead roles from the original “Horrible Bosses” (2011) as Nick, Kurt and Dale. This time around, the guys have decided to leave their old jobs behind to start their own business with a homemade product they like to call “The Shower Buddy.” … Read more

Robin Wright: ‘There’s always another pinnacle to strive for’

November 17, 2014
Robin Wright hasn’t hit all of her goals quite yet. The actress and director came to Ohio State on Monday to speak at the Ohio Union in a forum akin to “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” The Texas native is famous for her roles as Princess Buttercup in “The Princess Bride” and Jenny Curran in “Forrest Gump.” Since 2013, she’s starred as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” — a role that’s made her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a television series distributed online only. But now, at 48, she told The Lantern she’s hoping to move away from acting into directing. She… Read more

Columbus film fest to explore aspects of sexuality

November 11, 2014
Sex work, anti-homosexuality movements and views on Islam are all topics of one of the country’s longest-running film festivals this year. The 62nd annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival is set to showcase local and international films in select theaters around Columbus beginning Thursday through Nov. 25. “It’s really big this year,” Susan Halpern, executive director of the Columbus Film Council, said. “We show films you can’t see anywhere else.” For its opening night, the film festival is set to show “Scarlet Road”  — a documentary about Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton and her disabled clients — at the Gateway Film Center. “It’s a beautiful, touching film,” Halpern said… Read more

Opinion: New Toy Story installment will be different, won’t disenchant

November 9, 2014
Set for release in June 2017, Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” will definitely be another classic that will not disappoint fans.  The first “Toy Story” defined a part of my own experiences as a 6-year-old girl. I related to Andy, and I secretly wished my toys would come to life because of my captivation with Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody after the watching the first movie.  Throughout the years that followed, “Toy Story” still was a movie that I could always watch regardless of my age, and when I found out about the fourth movie, I was completely thrilled.  The “Toy Story” series became a part of my identity because the… Read more

Opinion: Tim Burton tries again, Chris Nolan to release big-name blockbuster in upcoming movie season

October 28, 2014

While this year’s (and last year’s) crop of movies hasn’t quite been as strong as it arguably could be — especially in comparison to 2012’s terrific roster — it’s still got a number of award contenders and original stories on the horizon. Whether it’s in one bizarre director’s attempt at a comeback in “Big Eyes,” one acclaimed superstar director’s space odyssey in “Interstellar” or a strange take on the superhero genre in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” there are a few movies that I know I will be going to see. “Birdman,” in limited release, opens at AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Thursday “Birdman,” directed by Oscar-nominated… Read more

Gateway featuring short films in Halloween competition

October 26, 2014
For anyone who wants to get terrified in brief increments, the Gateway Film Center is probably the place to be Monday. The movie theater, located in the South Campus Gateway, offers a film competitions throughout the year, and this week, there’s one focusing solely on Halloween this week. It’s a popular version of the monthly competition “Show Us Your Shorts” — your short films, that is.  It’s like an open mic night for independent filmmakers, and takes place on the last Monday of each month at 9 p.m. Anyone can submit their film of 12 minutes or right up to half an hour before it starts.  During these events, the… Read more

Review: Jodie Mack brings still images to life in experimental film at the Wex

October 23, 2014
The Film/Video Theater at the Wexner Center went completely black. Big white numbers popped up on the screen counting down to the beginning of the show, the same numbers you would see in old films. Jodie Mack, an experimental filmmaker who teaches at Dartmouth College, showed her five-part series “Let Your Light Shine” Wednesday night to an almost full auditorium. The showing consisted of five short films made and shot by Mack on 16mm film. The first part, “New Fancy Foils,” showed mostly still shots of fabrics, foils and papers with different patterns printed on them. The prints were shown with a rhythmic pattern, although the only sound you could… Read more

Filmmaker Jodie Mack to show ‘visual delights’ at Wexner Center

October 19, 2014
For one artist, the film is not complete until it is shown — and performed — live. The Wexner Center for the Arts is set to host Jodie Mack on Wednesday as part of its Visiting Filmmakers series. According to the center’s website, Mack has been gaining recognition and respect the past few years for her homemade 16mm films and is set to show her program titled “Let Your Light Shine.” Mack, 31, was born in London and teaches animation at Dartmouth College. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in film, video and new media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I think people see her… Read more

Environmental filmmaker Josh Fox set to speak to Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
An Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winning director and activist is set to make an Ohio State appearance. Josh Fox — who is known for his 2010 documentary “GasLand” and its 2013 follow-up “Gasland Part II” — is slated to speak to students Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union in an event sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. “Gasland” exposes the issue of hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — for natural gas in the United States and its effect on the environment. The controversial film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, features, in 2011 and won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding… Read more

Movie review: Breathtaking atmosphere, acting make ‘Gone Girl’ unsettling

October 13, 2014
Oscar-nominated director David Fincher’s newest film, “Gone Girl,” is an engaging and hugely entertaining thriller and drama. I’m not sure that its dark sense of humor or sordid plot will ensure its success come awards season, but its eerie cinematography, gorgeous atmospherics and fine lead performances make it a worthwhile watch. The film, adapted from a bestselling novel by author Gillian Flynn, has an intriguing and thrilling premise that unravels to become a deeper, more cynical take on marriage. The script, helmed by Flynn herself, keeps the viewer engrossed in the premise (even if sometimes it becomes a little campy or easy) with its quick wit and taut dialogue. Better… Read more