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Review: Atomic Blonde has wet fuse at times

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By Sam Brady

Lacking in true intrigue that one comes to expect from spy-thrillers, Atomic Blonde falls flat in the story department. Not a complete failure by any means, but the overall plot progression can’t quite measure up to the other elements of the film.

What does work, however, is Charlize Theron, the atomic blonde herself. She sells this part incredibly well, pulling off not only the expert spy piecing things together amidst a fury of untrustworthy folks but the difficult action set pieces as well. Theron succeeds in this role, while James McAvoy, male co-star, doesn’t quite make the grade. McAvoy is a tremendous actor (few would argue that point) but it feels as though his performance is held back by the story, never allowing him to truly go full bore.

Onto the final piece that makes this film what it is: the action. Every single piece of action is so well shot in Atomic Blonde from a cinematography standpoint but also eloquently choreographed as well. There is a particular sequence in this film that just continues for such a long period of uninterrupted action that it’s almost unbelievable how well done it truly is. All of this is a credit to David Leitch, who manages to make all of this action brutal yet mesmerizing and the film is better for it.

Overall, Atomic Blonde is a masterful showing in jaw-dropping action done the right way. The plot is a bit undercooked and the emotional ties don’t pay off, but the expertly crafted fight scenes are enough to earn this the title of a good film, that misses being truly amazing.

Score: 8.0

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Standard Hall, two others reportedly closed

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According to multiple news outlets, including 10tv.com, the beleaguered Short North hot spot Standard Hall is once again closed temporarily after one of its employees allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The original Facebook and other social media posts that led to the news reports have been removed from Standard Hall's social media sites.

Standard Hall was one of the first establishments to reopen once COVID restrictions were lifted and was immediately one of the first to close due to violations. It reopened just three weeks ago.

The state does not require a restaurant to close after an employee tests positive but strongly recommends it. In this case, two other Corso Ventures establishments are reportedly closed because the same employee was within both places: the Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The now deleted Facebook post supposedly said they were closing all three for a short time to deep clean each of the establishments.

You can stay tuned for updates here or on Standard Hall's Facebook page.

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Toledo officer killed; Statehouse flags to fly half staff

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Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement this morning after Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was killed in the line of duty this morning around 12:30 a.m.

DeWine has ordered Statehouse and Lucas County flags at half staff through his funeral service, expected next week.

"Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty," DeWine stated. "We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department.  To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service."

You can read the in-depth account, including witness statements and video of the event on the Toldeo Blade website here.

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CAPA cancels Cinema Columbus film festival

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COVID continues to wreck havoc on anything remotely resembling a gathering as CAPA and its event partners today announced the cancelation of Cinema Columbus 2020, a new Columbus film festival celebrating new and diverse cinematic works from around the world.

While new dates have not yet been determined, the first annual Cinema Columbus will be rescheduled for 2021.

“This was to be the inaugural year for Cinema Columbus, but with all the challenges of 2020, we felt that a fledgling festival would not be best positioned for success,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “We thank the Drexel TheatreGateway Film CenterWexner Center for the Arts, and community partner Film Columbus for their commitment to this event and look forward to launching this important cinematic celebration in 2021.”

Learn more here.

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