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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a keenly crafted love letter to trash cinema

| December 7, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a keenly crafted love letter to trash cinema

I never actually saw “The Room” until this last March. During my Spring Break trip to New York, on a snowy, wet day, my friend decided that it was the perfect time to expose me to the pinnacle of trash cinema. I’m not someone who particularly likes laughing at bad movies, as I like to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Titanic’ in Dolby Cinema spruces up one of the finest films of all time

| December 5, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Titanic’ in Dolby Cinema spruces up one of the finest films of all time

In anticipation of the film’s 20th anniversary on Dec. 19, Paramount Pictures has re-released the 1997 disaster romance epic “Titanic” into Dolby Vision theaters for one week. Remastered in the highest-quality digital format a film can go into, the film represents a great leap in the film’s picture quality, providing audiences with the utmost clarity […]

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Diving into the magic of ‘Lady Bird’ with Greta Gerwig

| December 4, 2017
Diving into the magic of ‘Lady Bird’ with Greta Gerwig

“Lady Bird” is having a really great time right now. It’s officially the highest rated film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with a perfect 100% rating with over 187 official reviews counted. Star Saoirse Ronan just had a successful run hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. The indie film in its short, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is a southern-fried masterwork

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is a southern-fried masterwork

When it comes to North Carolina film, we used to be booming, drawing such films as “Iron Man 3” and “The Hunger Games” to shoot much of, if not the entirety of their extensive shoot in the Tar Heel State. Though, in recent years, and with a rescinding of tax incentives by former governor Pat […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Novitiate’ is a quietly righteous stomach-churner

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Novitiate’ is a quietly righteous stomach-churner

I’m not religious, but I’ve always had a great respect for those who are. Whether it be in the dedication of Buddhist monks, Catholic nuns, or even down just to the casual donning of religiously affiliated apparel such as yarmulkes, hijabs and other related coverings, etc. This is why something like “Novitiate” hooked me from […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mudbound’ is a stirring American epic set against a profoundly resonant backdrop

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mudbound’ is a stirring American epic set against a profoundly resonant backdrop

From indie filmmaker Dee Rees, most known for her acclaimed coming-of-age drama in 2011’s “Pariah,” comes the stirring period piece of American values and racial tension in “Mudbound.” Cropping up on the streaming service that’s been overtaking the small screen with ambitious bouts of critically-acclaimed original content for the past few years, Netflix’s latest venture […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Star’ is an importantly mediocre animated film

| November 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Star’ is an importantly mediocre animated film

I’m not a particularly religious person, so I am not the target audience when it comes to “The Star,” but I’m definitely open-minded enough to go into the film and judge it on its merits as a film alone, rather than trying to connect religiously to the story that I just can’t connect to. But […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder’ is a rare breed of family film with a message

| November 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder’ is a rare breed of family film with a message

Films with messages aren’t uncommon in Hollywood, and even family films with messages aren’t uncommon, either. That being said, films like “Wonder” don’t come around often, where the resounding principle behind the whole film is the message that it conveys through its story. Films like these can go one of two ways, 1. They can […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonderstruck’ is a uniquely challenging, quietly rewarding fantasy

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonderstruck’ is a uniquely challenging, quietly rewarding fantasy

I didn’t like “Carol.” Sue me. Whenever I utter my distaste for “Carol,” I’m suddenly expected to explain the multitude of reasons I never found it compelling or interesting. Whenever a queer love story can’t draw me into its world, it’s a heartbreaking scenario for me, and Todd Haynes initiated that with “Carol” in me. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ is a nostalgia trip of expertly crafted means

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ is a nostalgia trip of expertly crafted means

“Lady Bird” takes place during the 2002-03 school year for our lead, the same year I moved to North Carolina from Texas at the cusp of my 6th birthday, starting first grade. These were the first years of my life where I actually began to concretely put together memories of specific pop culture events. I […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute) [120 battements par minute] is a crushing look inside French AIDS activism

| November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute) [120 battements par minute] is a crushing look inside French AIDS activism

The AIDS crisis, while still a topic of discussion, isn’t the major plague it used to be. Thanks to a more open willingness to talk and medical advancements over the years, HIV and AIDS is nowhere near the death sentence it used to be, even if it still hasn’t been eradicated yet. Affecting mostly gay […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is golden age Hollywood mystery

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is golden age Hollywood mystery

I’m a bit of a stan for Agatha Christie. Her books are all as straightforward, yet enticing thrillers that find the best and worst in human nature and pin it against each character like a target. While “Murder on the Orient Express” is a masterwork in its own right, my heart forever lies with “And […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a lukewarm follow-up to a surprising original

| November 5, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a lukewarm follow-up to a surprising original

I went into “Bad Moms” thinking it was going to be a terrible film. The trailers for the film set it up as a pandering cry to mothers seeking “The Hangover” style debauchery about motherhood. What ended up being was a fun, surprisingly hilarious, well-acted and incredibly sweet film about the pressure that motherhood has […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ is an uncomfortably challenging, yet oddly fulfilling look at life

| November 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ is an uncomfortably challenging, yet oddly fulfilling look at life

When it comes to making the best of a film on a tiny budget, you just can’t really find anything better than 2015’s “Tangerine.” While I wasn’t able to catch it in theaters, as it never actually found a theater to screen in in Charlotte, Sean Baker’s dark comedy about two transgender sex workers in […]

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