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Review: ‘The Interview’ deserves to be seen

18 Dec 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

 

Film Scene: Chris Rock triumphs, Rod Sterling honored

17 Dec 2014

This week, I’d like to deviate a bit from this column’s standard format and offer my take on a somewhat mainstream movie that’s just been released nationwide.

 

SCAD graduate’s film tells tale of Orangeburg Massacre

15 Dec 2014

Calhoun Cornwell wants to retell a lost story through his latest film, “Taking a Stand.”

 

Review: ‘Exodus’ plagued by casting, script issues

11 Dec 2014

A genre that was once as moldy as stale communion wafers has been reborn this year, first with Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and now with Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods & Kings.”

 

Review: Chris Rock’s stand-up comes to life in ‘Top Five’

11 Dec 2014

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of “Top Five.” But it’s almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life.

 

Review: ‘Inherent Vice’ goes by in a pleasant haze

11 Dec 2014

If you’re one of those who fondly recalls spending the ’60s luxuriating in a pleasantly disorienting haze, well, consider “Inherent Vice” a reunion of sorts. You’ll fit right in.

 

Film Scene: Take in some Christmas classics for charity

10 Dec 2014

It’s my pleasure to inform you that this next week finds a a bevy of noteworthy film screenings held outside of the confines of the standard local multiplexes.

 

Review: Julianne Moore is exquisite in ‘Alice’

03 Dec 2014

When we refer to an actor’s performance as breathtaking, we’re usually engaging in hyperbole. Rarely if ever do we mean it actually affected our ability to breathe.

 

Review: Good performances can’t save ‘Miss Julie’

03 Dec 2014

The battle of the sexes and classes rages on in director Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s infamous 1888 play “Miss Julie.”

 

Review: ‘Wild’ finds salvation in the woods

03 Dec 2014

Cheryl Strayed, as played by Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild,” is, bless the lord, not an easily discernible type.

 

Film Scene: Woody, Sammy and Satan highlight week

03 Dec 2014

Anyone in town who enjoyed the latest Roman Polanski film, “Venus In Fur,” likely recalls with great affection the performance of wonderful French actor Mathieu Amalric (who portrayed the male half of that two-person drama).

 

Review: Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

26 Nov 2014

‘Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds.

 

Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ doesn’t work

26 Nov 2014

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore.

 

Review: ‘Madagascar’ spin-off hatches family fun

26 Nov 2014

For a movie that’s more paint-by-numbers than Picasso, “Penguins of Madagascar” begins with something completely unexpected: A Werner Herzog voiceover.

 

Film Scene: See a classic in Savannah's old-time movie palace

25 Nov 2014

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the initial theatrical release of director Victor Fleming’s legendary romantic drama “Gone with the Wind.”

 

Review: Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

20 Nov 2014

All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the force-field shattering arrow of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) left the society in turmoil.

 

Film Scene: ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chaos’ add to Gregory Peck weekend

19 Nov 2014

There is certainly no shortage of talking heads to be found on TV and radio espousing their own beliefs about the current state of political affairs.

 

Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

13 Nov 2014

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return.

 

Review: Trio of top actors shines in ‘Foxcatcher’

13 Nov 2014

You may already know the story of the Schultz brothers, Dave and Mark, both gold-medal Olympic wrestlers, and their stormy relationship with their wrestling-obsessed benefactor, John DuPont.

 

Review: Stewart displays sure hand in ‘Rosewater’

13 Nov 2014

You can take the man away from the humor. But you clearly can’t always take the humor from the man.

 

Review: ‘Homesman' reverses the Western’s course

13 Nov 2014

“There’s been some trouble about the women hereabouts,” says John Lithgow’s plains preacher in Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman.”

 

Film Scene: Documentary may convince you to bag the plastic

12 Nov 2014

Many of you who have been following the local alternative cinema scene for a good while should fondly recall the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

 

Here are this week's new Netflix releases

07 Nov 2014

Avail 11/6

Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty (2014) –Netflix Original

 

Review: A brilliant Eddie Redmayne portrays Stephen Hawking in ‘Theory of Everything’

06 Nov 2014

The famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has never had small ideas or small ambitions, least of all his audacious youthful quest to find a “theory of everything” — one that would explain the entire universe in one simple equation.

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