Free State of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones features a handful of moderately powerful moments that don’t add up to a powerful overall experience. Writer/director Gary Ross’s screenplay bites off more than it can chew, resulting in a frustrating narrative structure that softens the most potent material and injects confusion at inopportune times. Newton Knight’s … Continue reading

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

2014’s Neighbors was a pleasant surprise. It was raunchy and edgy without ever being mean-spirited or unpleasant. Not an easy task for a movie-going public that continually wants to see the bar raised on how far comedies are willing to go. As popular as the film was, it seems highly … Continue reading

How To Be Single (2016)

How To Be Single (2016)

Longtime readers of the site are familiar with how often it’s lamented that seemingly no one can get the romantic comedy right. There’s practically a ticker tape parade when someone does, and the most recent wait continues with the confused and sloppy How To Be Single. Billed as Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool is just the swift kick to the junk the superhero genre – one that has taken itself entirely too seriously for far too long and gotten away with it – needs. Profane, hyper-violent, and never hesitant to take things a step or two beyond overkill, the film is an interesting and … Continue reading

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Of all the troubling things about the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! – and there are plenty to choose from – the most problematic is that it’s barely a movie at all, but rather a serious of loosely stitched together sketches of wildly varying quality. Known for some of the most creative and … Continue reading

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi embodies about what you’d expect out of a marriage between the political firestorm that is Benghazi and Michael Bay, the action director everyone seems to love to hate, despite the fact his films make hundreds of millions of dollars. What will surprise most … Continue reading

2015 COFCA Awards Winners

2015 COFCA Awards Nominees

It’s that time again. The Central Ohio Film Critics Association has named its winners for 2015, led by the investigative drama Spotlight. Here is the full list of the 2015 COFCA awards winners: Best Film 1. Spotlight 2. Inside Out 3. Room 4. Mad Max: Fury Road 5. Ex Machina … Continue reading

2015 Year-End Movie Review

2015 Year-End Movie Review

Despite popular opinion to the contrary, I really feel 2015 was a solid year for film. Instead of one obvious standout, there were a lot of very worthwhile, very good options across all genres. The lack of clarity, of course, will lead to an unpredictable awards season – something we could … Continue reading

2015 COFCA Awards Nominees

2015 COFCA Awards Nominees

The Central Ohio Film Critics Association is pleased to announce the nominees for its 14th annual awards. Founded in 2002, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association is comprised of film critics based in Columbus, Ohio and its surrounding areas. Its membership consists of 22 print, radio, television, and internet critics. COFCA’s official website at … Continue reading

2015 COFCA Nominations Ballot

2015 Year-End Movie Review

The Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards are once again upon us. We pride ourselves on being one of the most progressive and adventuresome voting bodies in the nation, and I’m sure this year will be no exception with such wide open races across the board. Here is my 2015 … Continue reading