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Starting salaries for grads increase james sprague | NEWS EDITOR The University of Cincinnati’s class of 2011 has another thing to look forward to upon graduation besides their diploma — more pay. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows that, for the first time since 2008, a class of college graduates will be entering a job market in which starting salaries are on the rise. The average starting salary for graduates of baccalaureate programs in the class of 2011 is $50,034 — an increase of 3.5 percent from the same time last year, according to NACE’s Winter 2011 Salary Survey report.
The salary boost doesn’t apply to all majors, however. Two-thirds of college disciplines showed an increase in salary. The biggest jump is in the fields of business, accounting and finance, all of which experienced an increase of approximately 2 percent in starting pay. Other fields such as chemical engineering and civil engineering decreased in starting pay, with civil engineering experiencing an approximate 7 percent drop. The survey also noted the top three fields for graduates in 2011: accounting, sales and investment banking. Recruiting and hiring prospects for 2011 graduates are increasing as well.
At the outset of the 2010-11 academic year, the outlook for the class of 2011 was already significantly better than what we saw for the class of 2010. —marilyn mackes nace executive director
A poll conducted in February showed that 53 percent of 112 firms surveyed by NACE anticipate increasing their college
hiring, compared to less than 50 percent last fall. “That’s good news for the class of 2011,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “At the outset of the 2010-11 academic year, the outlook for the class of 2011 was already significantly better than what we saw for the class of 2010.” The poll is evidence that the job market is opening up for new college graduates, Mackes said. “This suggests that on-campus recruiting activity for both internships and fulltime hiring should be better than what we have seen in the past two years,” Mackes said.
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ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT UC President Greg Williams (left) and former Executive Vice President Fred Reynolds (below) are facing claims of retaliation and sexual harassment respectively from a former assistant. ECKSTeiN
Calhoun hit with arrests Anthony Orozco | NEWS EDITOR Three University of Cincinnati students are now facing serious charges after a drug bust in Calhoun Hall Monday, Feb. 28. Reports of smoke brought UC Police Division officers to Brendan Menke’s, a first-year student in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, room. Fearing a fire, UCPD entered the room and found burning incense, several open containers of alcohol and marijuana in the empty room, according to the police report. Menke returned to his dorm while police were still present and was arrested on the spot. Officers noticed a locked safe in the room and after Menke denied them permission to investigate it, left to obtain a search warrant. Before being taken to the police station, Menke allegedly asked two friends, Lucas Merker and Stephen Eckstein, both first-year students, to remove the safe from Menke’s room. The safe was moved and later discovered in a different room of the residence hall. The safe contained marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms and smoking paraphernalia. A scale, plastic bags and money were also found in the safe, which led to a drug trafficking charge for Menke. Eckstein and Merker are facing felony tampering with evidence charges. UCPD said that their main concern is the potential for violence that comes from drug deals. The UC Student Code of Conduct states that “Multiple sanctions may be imposed should the behavior call for the imposition of a more severe penalty ... the university reserves the right to require counseling and testing of students as deemed appropriate. The university may impose interim restrictions (i.e., cease and desist, restriction from dining halls, residence halls or specific buildings, no contact) to protect the rights and ensure the safety or address the concerns of students, staff, faculty, and the university community.” Menke’s bond was set at $2,000 in the Hamilton County Justice Center, Tuesday. Eckstein and Merker were processed out of jail before Tuesday’s bond hearing due to jail overcrowding. Menke is to report in front of the Hamilton County Grand Jury March 10 for underage consumption of alcohol, possession of illegal drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and drug trafficking. Eckstein and Merker will report before the Hamilton County Grand Jury March 15 on a tampering with evidence charge.
UNDER FIRE UC, Williams, Reynolds named defendants in suit FRED REYNOLDS
Gin A. Ando and James Sprague | The News Record The upper echelons of the University of Cincinnati’s administration found themselves named as defendants Friday after a former employee filed documents suing UC President Greg Williams, former Executive Vice President Fred Reynolds and the university itself. Sandra Smith, a former assistant to Reynolds, filed a multi-faceted lawsuit in the Southern District of the U.S. District Court. The complaint alleges Smith was sexually harassed by Reynolds, who left his position at UC Feb. 1, and wrongfully terminated by Williams after bringing her complaints to his attention. Smith could not be reached for comment.
In an e-mail sent Jan. 7, Reynolds cited his inability to receive medical benefits while living in Ohio after retirement as his reason for leaving. Currently, he is named as an English professor at the City College of New York — where both he and Williams were formerly employed. Repeated attempts to contact Reynolds were unsuccessful. The suit alleges that Smith was subjected to excessive hugging and was kissed on the forehead by Reynolds after mentioning she had a headache. The complaint also alleges that, before Reynolds was officially employed at UC, he sent an e-mail to Smith that read, “I already miss you and I’m not even there yet.” Smith, who was executive director to three UC presidents — Nancy Zimpher, interim
Anthony Orozco | NEWS EDITOR The vacant strip of land between Calhoun Street and McMillan Avenue will finally be seeing development after nearly a decade’s wait. The project, University Square
at the Loop, is slotted to open during fall 2012 and is a joint effort between the landholders, the Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (CHCURC) and development companies Towne Properties and Al. Neyer Inc.
The project proposes more than 150 Towne Properties apartments, a 40,000 squarefoot office building and a streetlevel strip of restaurants and retail spaces. After gathering ideas from various developers, CHCURC initially partnered with Towne Properties in fall 2008, but the project was halted due to financial instability. “With the economy being as bad a it was for so long, basically there was nowhere to go with the project,” said Matt Bourgeois, director of the CHCURC. “We had to wait for that to slowly start to thaw itself out which occurred later last year, at which point we ramped up the project again, and now we are at a point that we
think it is ready to go.” CHCURC has hosted open houses and surveyed the community to gauge what stores, restaurants and other outlets they felt would be good for the area. “I think it is long awaited,” Bourgeois said, citing the steady increase of enrollment to UC and the rising demand for retail options in the area for attracting more retailers to the site. The development will also offer a park area and a reserved piece of land for a possible hotel in the future. Verbal agreements between the developers and possible tenants are not being disclosed as of press time. Construction is set to begin June 1.
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LONG TIME COMING After almost a decade of waiting, the University Square at the Loop project is expected to open in fall 2012. The development will have offices, restaurants and retail. INSIDE
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Monica Rimai and Gregory Williams — reported her complaints to Williams and the UC human resources department, but was then terminated “without cause” Aug. 4, 2010, after being promised by Williams that HR would investigate the complaints, according to the lawsuit. “Management, human resources, [and] Williams were aware of the harassment by Reynolds, yet took no actions to protect Smith from this behavior,” according to the lawsuit. Following a surgery, members of UC’s senior administration regarded Smith with indifference and, in August, Williams sent a letter informing Smith that she had been terminated, documents stated.
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Lodge Bar closes The Lodge Bar’s Cincinnati and Columbus locations have closed their doors and shut down their websites, leaving only an apology in its stead. The bar’s website posted a message on the main page on Wednesday, Feb. 16, reading, “We apologize to our loyal
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patrons. The Lodge Bar Cincinnati has closed. Thank you.” In January 2007, Bar Investment Group, which owned Lodge Bar, signed a 15-year lease on the Seventh Street location in Downtown Cincinnati. There is no word as of what will take Lodge Bar’s place.
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from UNDER FIRE | 1 The suit also alleges that Reynolds told Smith that she was “imagining all of these incidents because she had a ‘distorted mind’ since her surgery because of the medication she had been taking before and after her surgery.” Mitchell McCrate, of UC’s
general counsel, said the university would defend itself. “The University of Cincinnati investigated these claims thoroughly when they were first presented to us,” McCrate wrote in a statement. “There is no basis in fact to the allegations made in
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Cats outpitch Penguins Scott winfield | senior reporter Strong hitting and crisp pitching led the University of Cincinnati baseball team to its first series win of the year against Youngstown State University at Marge Schott Stadium. Game one ended in a 13-0 Cincinnati victory Saturday after the game was called in the seventh inning due to inclement weather. UC pitcher Dan Jensen finished the day allowing two hits and no runs with three strikeouts while the Bearcats’ bats struck 14 hits and 13 runs between eight batters. The Bearcats played a doubleheader Sunday, losing game two overall 2-1 and winning game three by an 11-0 margin to claim the series. Youngstown State’s Kevin McCulloh allowed the Bearcats just one run while
Cleary was pleased by how his team hit in the first and third games and saw improvement in the team’s offensive capabilities. “We’re trying to transition our program from offense to more pitching and defense, but we have made a more concerted effort to be better offensively,” Cleary said. “We have to. We have no choice.” Cleary used the final three innings of the game to allow some of his younger and inexperienced players some playing time. “There are some guys on the pitching staff that we didn’t get in and that’s one of the concerns,” Cleary said. “Some of these guys have a little lay off in between live action.” UC pitcher Nick Johnson finished the day with four strikeouts while allowing one hit. The Bearcats’ home series against Cleveland State University begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Marge Schott Stadium
delivering eight strikeouts in the win. “McCulloh did a really good job of throwing his breaking ball over the plate,” said UC head coach Brian Cleary. “Most guys can’t throw a curveball that well. He threw it in all kinds of different counts.” Cincinnati pitcher Andrew Strenge struggled early, allowing two runs off five hits, delivering five strikeouts in the loss. “Strenge got off to a little bit of a rocky start,” Cleary said. “I think once he got his changeup going and was able to change speeds, he was really able to keep them off balance.” Cincinnati made a turnaround in game three, scoring 11 runs through the first four innings to take a commanding lead. The Bearcats scored five runs off seven hits in the second inning. Jake Proctor hit a two-run double with the bases loaded before scoring on a Justin Glass single.
HOYAS HALTED Cincy defense, free throws clinch 7th-place finish sam elliott | sports EDITOR Cincinnati clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament Saturday after ending its regular season with a 69-47 victory against No. 17 Georgetown in front Eamon Queeney | photo editor
GATES’ ODD DAY UC junior Yancy Gates scored 13 points Saturday, 10 from the free-throw line with one 3-pointer
of 12,197 fans at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats (24-7, 11-7 Big East) claimed the conference tournament’s No. 7 seed with their season sweep of the Hoyas, ending the regular season with five wins in their final six outings. “You want to be playing your best basketball late in the year,” said head coach Mick Cronin. “There’s no question we’re playing our best basketball right now.” Dion Dixon scored a team-high 14 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 13 off the bench and Yancy Gates never missed from the free-throw line — where he scored 10 of his 13 points and the Bearcats shot 80 percent. “I was hot. That’s been something I’ve been working on,” Gates said. “It’s starting to pay off.” Gates’ only field goal was a buzzer beating, banked-in 3-pointer as time expired in the first half. “Coach Cronin told me to catch it and be a passer. But when I turned around, I didn’t see anybody so I just threw it up there,” Gates said. Cincinnati led 30-24 at halftime after trailing by as many as eight points seven minutes in. Nine consecutive UC points courtesy of four different Bearcats capped a 21-6 run to more than erase the deficit. “Nobody on our team had more than four field goals,” Cronin said. “We had nine guys score a
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BRINGING THE HEAT Cincinnati’s pitching allowed two runs through three games against YSU.
basket. That’s tremendous. That’s what we’re all about.” Georgetown (21-9, 10-8) got within three points of the lead with 10:48 to play, but Kilpatrick knocked down two 3-pointers as part of a 16-3 UC run in response to hand the Hoyas their third straight loss behind 43-percent shooting. “After they missed a couple shots and we came out and made a couple shots, you could just tell by their body language they were down a little bit,” said senior forward Rashad Bishop. “They weren’t running through their offense as hard, so it was easier to guard them, too.” Bishop didn’t score Saturday, but grabbed a game-high six rebounds while defending Georgetown’s Austin Freeman. The guard scored a game-high 21 points, but made just seven of his 23 field goals. Georgetown leads the Big East in shooting percentage, normally hitting more than 48 percent of its shots, but the Hoyas shot a season-worst 25 percent in their Feb. 23 home loss to UC. And in Saturday’s rematch, the Bearcats allowed just 32-percent shooting. “This is the perfect time to try to find what you do best to help yourself win. For us it’s defense,” Gates said. “I think the sky’s the limit for us.” Cincinnati will play the winner of Tuesday’s Villanova and South Florida tilt at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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SENIOR DAY SENDOFF Six Cincinnati seniors played their final home game as Bearcats Saturday in a 69-47 upset of No. 17 Georgetown. Sam Elliott | Sports EDITOR
or the past three seasons, seniors on the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team have said goodbye to Fifth Third Arena with a loss. That streak ended Saturday. This year’s six seniors didn’t say goodbye to the home crowd until completing a victory lap with their teammates around Ed Jucker Court, high-fiving jubilant fans following the Bearcats’ 69-47 win against Georgetown. “We went out here and we played hard because we didn’t want to lose in our last game,” said senior forward Rashad Bishop. “It feels real good to go out on top.” Prior to tip-off against the Hoyas,
Cincinnati’s seniors and their families were welcomed onto the court by head coach Mick Cronin in a pre-game ceremony to honor their accomplishments. “I expected somebody to cry,” Bishop said with a smile. “I had my money on [Anthony McClain].” Bishop said Senior Day nerves were to blame for Cincinnati’s slow start after tip-off Saturday. The Bearcats missed their first three shots, needed nearly five minutes to make a field goal and trailed the Hoyas by as many as eight points. “Everybody was real anxious to get out there and play well,” Bishop said. “At the same time, you’ve just got to stay focused.” Bishop’s next start will be the 100th of his career in a Cincinnati uniform.
His first came Nov. 11, 2007, in a home loss to Bowling Green three games into back-to-back losing seasons at UC. He’s never averaged double-digit scoring, but Cronin has repeatedly called Bishop one of the best defenders in the Big East conference. Bishop, McClain, Larry Davis and Darnell Wilks came to Cincinnati prior to the 2007-08 season, following an 11-19 finish in Cronin’s first year at UC. After two years at Thomas Moore, walk-on Eddie Tyree joined the Bearcats for two seasons, as did Ibrahima Thomas following his transfer from Oklahoma State after his sophomore season. The 6-foot-11 forward has totaled more than 300 points and rebounds in
his two seasons at Cincinnati. The Bearcats’ most productive 3-point scorer, the sharp-shooting Davis has made more than 100 long-range shots in his career. His most recent against Georgetown might also be his most important. UC had gone almost seven minutes without a field goal and the Hoyas trailed by just four points when Davis sank his 113th 3-pointer as a Bearcat, sending Cincinnati on its way to another win. “That’s the advantage of having a senior: He didn’t think twice about it. He caught it and fired,” Cronin said. “I think he sensed we needed somebody to knock in a shot. It’s nice to have guys like that. That’s why we have 24 wins.”
Offense stalls in home-opener Sam Weinberg | sports EDITOR In Sunday’s 2011 home opener, the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team lost a 5-16 decision to the Oregon Ducks. “We couldn’t transition the ball,” said Cincinnati head coach Lellie Swords. “You have to be able to transition the ball, because if you don’t have possession, you can’t score.” The Bearcats (1-4) struggled throughout the game to move the ball into Oregon’s zone, firing off a season-low 11 shots. At the other end, the Ducks (3-2) bombarded the Bearcats with a season-high 36 shots. Despite Oregon’s dominating offensive performance, Swords was happy with how her defense played under the circumstances. “Our defenders were called upon to play for a really long time because our attackers and midfielders were having a hard time transitioning the ball,” Swords said. Freshman Jen Walsh started in goal for the Bearcats and recorded eight saves through 43 minutes of play. Ten minutes through the second half, junior Katherine Russo replaced Walsh between the pipes and added five saves. “I think our defense did a great job, and I think our goalies did a great job,” Swords said. “We just need to fix the transition.” The Ducks began the game netting three goals in the first nine minutes of play. Midway through the first half, the Bearcats got on the board with a goal scored by sophomore attacker Maddie
Fink — her fourth of the year — before Oregon added another three goals. With five minutes remaining in the first half, Bearcats junior attacker Ali Mattingly and senior midfielder Natalie Starvaggi each netted a goal for Cincinnati as the team ended the half trailing Oregon 3-6. The Bearcats finished the first half with just six shots on goal, and their shooting woes continued into the second half as the team added just five more, including two goals by Laura Simanski and Katie Liberatore. While Cincinnati continued to struggle offensively, the Ducks continued their offensive blitzkrieg, adding 10 second-half goals off 21 shots. “I think we need to solve how to catch, throw and transition the ball,” Swords said. “That’s going to be our focus going into our next game.” The Bearcats return to action 3 p.m. Friday against Detroit at Nippert Stadium.
BEARCATS OUSTED AT BIG EAST TOURNEY The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team lost 66-41 to the No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers Friday in the first round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn. Bearcats junior Bjonee Reaves led Cincinnati with a team-high 11 points while seniors Shareese Ulis and Shelly Bellman added seven and six points, respectively, in their final game as Bearcats. Cincinnati ended the game shooting 32 percent from the field, but struggled in the second half hitting just one field goal in the first 12 minutes. The Bearcats were held scoreless for the final 6:28 of the game. “We got tired in the second half — that is the bottom line,” said UC head coach Jamelle Elliott. “Obviously we wore down today in the second half and we weren’t cutting as hard. We weren’t being sharp with our passes and it showed in the second half.”
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Smith fans pack Bogart’s stefanie kremer | tnr contributor The threat of flooding rains did not stop fans from throwing on their classic rock burnout T-shirts and heading to Bogart’s to see progressive country artist Corey Smith play Friday night. Smith has played at Bogart’s before, but this year, he had a full house. Matt Stillwell opened for the night and, at despite singing some serious songs and some storytelling, provided energy that Stefanie kremer | tnr contributor
COUNTRY MEETS CITY Corey Smith performs his fun-loving, rebellious brand of country at Bogart’s Friday.
lasted throughout the show. Stillwell’s songs about drinking and moonshine made the bar lines long and excited fans. Following a short break after Stillwell’s performance, Smith began his portion of the show with a crowd favorite “Maybe Next Year.” Carrying on Stillwell’s message, “Maybe” recounts Smith considering straightening out and kicking bad habits, but most likely continuing to live a party life. Fans sang along with Smith to other favorites like “Twenty-One” and “Something to Lose.”They raised their hands in the air to Smith’s song, “Fuck the Po Po.” It is clear why Bogart’s — a venue known for hosting punk, rock, alternative and hiphop bands — would welcome the country
music star with open arms. Surveying the crowd drawn to the show, it was clear that Smith resonates with a large audience. Between playing popular songs from his five studio albums, Smith also surprised the crowd with covers of Lynard Skynard’s hit, “Simple Man” and Travis Tritt’s “Great Day to be Alive.” The crowd went crazy as they sang along with Smith: “You don’t know how it feels ... to be me” when Smith sang Tom Petty’s classic, “You Don’t Know How it Feels.” People came from bordering states such as Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana to see Smith play. However long the drive was, the trip was definitely worth it and Smith’s fans left feeling satisfied and excited about his music.
motr: drink to art Kelly tucker | entertainment EDITOR Artsy students looking for a place to spend their evenings can find solace in a pub with featured local art, games, live music, drinks and mouthwatering diner food in an unexpected Over-the-Rhine location: MOTR Pub. Cincinnati residents might have noticed the expansion and renovation of numerous buildings in the OTR district, changing the area of Cincinnati most college students have been advised to steer clear from into a burgeoning community full of quality art and entertainment. The idea is clearly catching on, because MOTR pub at 1345 Main St. downtown was packed to capacity with young folks on a Tuesday night, packing in some muchneeded pre-finals week fun. The oversized crowd might have been due to Akron/Family’s live performance at the bar that night. The band’s performance was certainly a spectacle worth watching — their experimental indie rock sound consisted of incomprehensible vocal moans (the microphone was actually completely inside the vocalist’s mouth at one point) and incredible instrumental ability from every member, including the introduction of an instrument I can only describe as a light-sensitive Theremin that the musician played with a flashlight.
were and she informed me that there were Typically, MOTR hosts a weekly event none to be had, the bar had a wide range of known as Writer’s Nights on Tuesday, where beer on tap. My personal favorite was the any artists who create their own material Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale, a light, crispcan perform for the chance to compete with other local artists and collect a $40 winner’s tasting brew with arguably one of the best names on the menu. prize by the end of the night. The pub offers happy hour Monday– All of the live shows at MOTR are free to the public, another huge draw for the debt- Fridays from 5–8 p.m. and Saturdays 2–8 p.m., when visitors only pay ridden college crowd. $2.50 for select draft, If you weren’t $3.25 for wells and $4 there to see the band, for wine. Martinis are however, the kitchen also advertised at $3 a was open behind MONDAY THRU FRIDAY: 5-8pm glass Mondays. the stage earlier The pub’s outdoor in the night with a SATURDAY: 2-8 patio provided a menu of delectable relaxing, quiet(er) bar delights. HAPPY HOUR DEALS: $2.50 for place for kids to talk Unfortunately, I and smoke a cigarette arrived too late to select draft, $3.25 for wells, while still being able enjoy the MOTR fries $4 for wine to hear the band I’d heard so many play. Festive lights good things about, MONDAY ONLY: $3 martinis hang from the trees particularly when surrounding the tables topped with beer and chairs as patrons cheese, a combination huddle around the miniature fire pit. I had never even considered before. The Stairs lead from the kitchen and dining kitchen also offers a variety of burgers, area to a small basement with yet another macaroni and cheese and loaded fries. If you change in atmosphere as kids play the come hungry, make sure you arrive during the scheduled kitchen hours: 5:30–9:30 p.m. few arcade games and pinball machines arranged around the floor. Monday-Thursdays, 3–11 p.m. Saturdays MOTR’s final gem, however, has to and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sundays for brunch. be the artwork hanging all over the While I was a little disappointed when I main floor from a featured local artist asked the bartender what the drink specials every month. This month, paintings by Kevin Pogo Curtis, featuring a layered paint technique depicting buildings and houses among other abstract images and scenes range from $100-$600. One of the paintings was already labeled as sold, so it appears to be a great way for
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SUPPORT LOCAL ART A painting by local artist Kevin Pogo Curtis hangs on display at MOTR (above), as fans watch Akron/Family perform on the venue’s stage (left). artists to get their work recognized and gain compensation. Overall, MOTR is providing a terrific atmosphere for students to hang out, grab a drink and enjoy local art and music, gaining some long overdue appreciation for Cincinnati art. It’s a strong model that venues in Clifton should strive to emulate, or at least take some cues from.
“Adjustment Bureau” not so action-packed Adam kuhn | staff reporter Perhaps the first big summer movie of the year, “The Adjustment Bureau” does not flounder, but it also does not impress. George Nolfi, one of the writers of the “Bourne Ultimatum” screenplay, took the director’s chair for the first on the new romantic thriller starring “Bourne” actor Matt Damon. David Norris (Damon) is a popular, young New York politician. At 24, he became the youngest politician ever elected to the House of Representatives. Now, he is seeking New York’s U.S. Senate seat. When he loses the election after a story breaks about his reckless behavior, however, Norris has a chance encounter with an interesting woman — followed by a not-so-chance encounter with an interesting group of men. Elise (Emily Blunt), a dancer who inspires Norris to deliver a sensational concession speech, disappears without a trace. But when Norris encounters her on the bus months later, a group of mysterious men apprehend him. These men identify themselves as members of the “Adjustment Bureau,” an organization created to ensure the plan of “The Chairman” is carried out — a plan that calls for David and Elise never to meet again, despite their strong connection. But David decides to test his fate and pursue Elise, inciting a showdown between everybody involved. Damon and Blunt are great as the couple in question. The two have incredible on-screen chemistry and, even though their relationship is never given the time it needs to develop onscreen, they are convincing enough. On the other hand, the ensemble that is the “Adjustment Bureau” is not as great. Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”) is fine as Harry, the one man willing to help David and Elise.The performances from John Slattery and Terence Stamp, however, are either the worst of
the year or the most genius commentary on the idea of controlling fate. The film is not shy about its obvious correlation to religion, will, chance and destiny. Writer and director Nolfi raises some very interesting questions that act as great conversation fodder after the film. The strength of “The Adjustment Bureau” is the characters’ drive to tempt fate and possibly bend the path of their future. No real conclusion is made by the filmmakers as to what path life takes. It settles, instead, to suggest that perhaps chance, fate and free will are all intricately intertwined to make life the unpredictable mess it sometimes is. Surprisingly, there is much less action and much more romance than the trailer suggests — moviegoers expecting something like the “Bourne” series or “Inception” should be prepared for disappointment.
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