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‘Top Five’ has comedians getting serious, highlighting ‘black fame’

December 11, 2014
Dubbed by The New York Times as “one man’s crisis of the soul,” the Chris Rock vehicle “Top Five” hits theaters Friday with a cast that also includes Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Hart. In addition to starring, Rock also wrote and directed the comedy, which centers on Rock’s character Andre Allen, a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. It might be the movie’s premise but it’s a real struggle many comedians face when trying to break into film, said J.B. Smoove, a stand-up comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer. “You would think you’d be more respected as an artist by changing your style …… Read more

Gateway’s Documentary Week kicks off with critical look at food industry

December 4, 2014
Movies are often a go-to escape for audiences, but filmmakers in Columbus this week are hoping their documentaries can bring social change. Thursday marks the beginning of the 6th Columbus Documentary Week, an event celebrated at Gateway Film Center biannually. A total of 22 documentaries are set to be shown from Thursday to Dec. 11 which a range of categories. Documentary Week came about from a simple reason.  “There are so many great documentaries being made,” said Johnny DiLoretto, spokesman of Gateway Film Center. “Over the years people have grown in their interest in nonfiction … so you see that reflected in the movie making now.” Everything from “The Immortalists,”… Read more

Opinion: Star Wars trailer awakens new hope, excitement

December 2, 2014
Remember when “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was released? I sure do. I wasn’t quite 7 years old, and yet was already enamored with the universe created by George Lucas. I couldn’t wait to see that world come up on the big screen once more (even though I’d only seen it on home video up to that point — but you get what I mean). I saw it the first weekend with my dad and older brother, and before the movie began, one of the theater’s employees asked the expectant room: “Are you all ready for Star Wars?!” Cue a thunderous cheer. It was all happening. Then came… Read more

Opinion: Released, rumored sequels up against their own hype

December 1, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Disney to thaw ‘Frozen’ sequel? In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Idina Menzel (the voice of Elsa) spilled some seriously spicy beans when she hinted that a “Frozen” sequel might be “in the works.” The statement quickly attracted attention, generating more than a few headlines and a slew of social media posts. And then she backpedaled. “I just assume because it’s so successful, that that’s what they’re up to,” she amended. At first, I believed her. These things happen all the time: stars go unbriefed by producers,… Read more

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