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This Holiday Season, as travel plans may change, discover CINCINNATI all over again through movies filmed right here in our hometown, socially distanced and limited seating with our "Home for The Holidays" series.




TRAFFIC (2000)




(1950, Not Rated)


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Directed by one of the all-time greats John Huston and starring Sterling Hayden this film explores the "best of the bad" in Film Noir with crime, treachery and murder at the core. An inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS that put him on the radar screen, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE involves a jewelry robbery that "goes south" and includes an early Marilyn Monroe appearance.


Scoring a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Critics Consensus: "The Asphalt Jungle is an expertly told crime story with attention paid to the crime and characters in equal measure."


(1994, PG-13)


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You can't get enough of a good thing... But first you have to find it.

Synopsis: Three young boys pool their money and pay V (Melanie Griffith), a kindhearted prostitute, to strip for them. Afterward, she drives them home to the suburbs -- but then her car breaks down. It's just as well, though, because a mobster named Waltzer (Malcolm McDowell) is after her, and V realizes the suburbs are the perfect place to hide. But things get a lot more complicated when V falls in love with Tom (Ed Harris), a single father who is unaware of her real profession.


(1993, PG)


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Mitchell's life was a California Dream...until he woke up in Cincinnati

Starring Shane McDermott, Seth Green, Brittney Powell, Jack Black and Edie McClurg

Synopsis: Mitchell Goosen is sixteen/seventeen-year-old kid from California who loves to surf and roller blade. Yet his parents, who are two zoologists, were given a grant to work in Australia. The only problem was: Mitchell couldn't go with them. So, he gets sent to stay with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he arrives, he meets his cousin who is also his new roommate for the next six months: Wiley. Mitchell then goes to school and gets on the bad side the high school hockey players. Mitchell and Wiley end up enduring weeks of torture from the guys. Then, the big guys and Mitchell and Wiley have to learn to get along to try to beat the Central High School rivals in a competition down Devil's Backbone.


(2000, Rated R)


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We continue with 2000's TRAFFIC

It's a dirty, dirty war! And no one comes away clean.

Fun fact, during filming here in Cincinnati, Michael Douglas chased down a purse snatcher and held him until police officers got there to arrest him!

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 93%, the Critics Consensus: "Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around."

Synopsis: A contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking. Traffic evokes the high stakes and high risks of the drug trade, as seen through a series of interrelated stories, some of which are highly personal and some of which are filled with intrigue and danger.


(1993, PG)


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We continue with 1993's LOST IN YONKERS written by Neil Simon and based on his play of the same name.

Fun Fact: The movie theatre that flashes "Bijou" on the vertical Marquee is, in reality, the Murphy Theatre on Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio which was one of the shooting locations for the movie. The Murphy is a fully restored 769 seat venue.

Synopsis: During the 1940s, Jay (Mike Damus) and Arty (Brad Stoll) find their lives turned upside down when their father moves south for work, leaving them with their no-nonsense grandmother (Irene Worth) and their loving but absent-minded spinster aunt, Bella (Mercedes Ruehl). Along the way, they're also introduced to Uncle Louie (Richard Dreyfuss), a small-time crook. Underlying tension between Bella and her mother surface when Bella decides to marry her boyfriend, Johnny (David Strathairn).


(2011, Rated R)


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We continue with 2011's THE IDES OF MARCH starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 84%! Fun Fact: George Clooney grew up here in the greater Cincinnati area where the movie was filmed.

Synopsis: As Ohio's Democratic primary nears, charming Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney) seems a shoo-in for the nomination over his opponent, Sen. Pullman (Michael Mantell). Morris' idealistic press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), believes in his candidate's integrity and the democratic process. But Meyers' meeting with Pullman's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) and a dalliance with a young intern (Evan Rachel Wood) set in motion events that threaten Morris' election chances.


(1998, PG-13)


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We continue with 1998's THE MIGHTY

The quest for friendship is the noblest cause of all.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the Critics Consensus: "Spirited and sweet with an emphasis on the healing power of friendship, The Mighty is a modest charmer that comes by its whimsy honestly."

Synopsis:Kevin Dillon (Kieran Culkin) suffers from a disorder known as Morquio's syndrome, which weakens his heart and stunts his growth. Maxwell Kane (Elden Henson) has dyslexia and towers above his classmates. The two couldn't be more different, but, when Kevin is asked to help Maxwell with his reading, they soon bond over their mutual social alienation and absent fathers. Following a run-in with local gang member Blade (Joe Perrino), the two become inseparable.


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