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

Anomalisa (2015)

Anomalisa (2015)

No one adapts the minutiae of human interaction better than writer/director Charlie Kaufman. The mundane and feelings of alienation have been constant themes in all of his films, and they once again take center stage in his latest, Anomalisa. Shot completely using stop-motion animation, set in about three locations, and spending … Continue reading

Joy (2015)

Joy (2015)

Joy presents Jennifer Lawrence with her meatiest role since Ree in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, which fast-tracked her rise to one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses. With some of the lighter roles she’s taken on in recent years it’s easy to forget how effortlessly she can carry a film. Her presence alone … Continue reading

45 Years (2015)

45 Years (2015)

Less is so much more in 45 Years. The film is a quiet, understated, and eventually devastating look at how the past can creep up and affect a seemingly rock solid marriage. It’s all substance with little flash, painting a realistic portrait of a couple being tested by current discoveries jump-started by … Continue reading

The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short (2015)

As evidenced by recent releases such as Margin Call, The Wolf of Wall Street, and even this year’s 99 Homes, movies about the financial market can be risky, complicated beasts. There’s always a scene that boils down to metaphors or “explain this to me like I’m a child.” The Big … Continue reading