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Review: Fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ flick forced to fight bloat

24 May 2017

The opening scene of the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts.

 
 

Review: Even The Rock’s biceps can’t lift up ‘Baywatch’

24 May 2017

Of this, dear moviegoer, rest assured: Dwayne Johnson’s biceps still ripple and glisten in the sunlight. So do his triceps, pecs, abs, delts, quads, lats and the other 600 or so muscles of the human body.

 

Review: Pitt goes all out in flawed satire ‘War Machine’

24 May 2017

Here’s a general rule of thumb: If you’re going to rely heavily on voiceover to tell your movie’s story, and exclusively so in the first 15 minutes with an assault of colorful character introductions, you’d do well to make sure the narrator is a compelling one.

 

Film Scene: Week’s screenings include favorite classics, modern surprises

24 May 2017

This week’s batch of what we here at Film Scene call “alternative cinema” fare includes two movies that will sound quite familiar to anyone out there who read last week’s column, for two distinctly different reasons.

 

Review: Bryan Cranston shines in moody, escapist 'Wakefield'

19 May 2017

Have you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you go, you need to see the curiously brilliant film "Wakefield."

 

Film Scene: Anniversary screenings, Audrey Hepburn on the island and more

17 May 2017

Those of you whose schedules may not have allowed you to catch the recent one-day-only big-screen revival of visionary French filmmaker Luc Besson’s over-the-top sci-fi-comedy mashup “The Fifth Element” are in luck.

 

Review: Sniper flick 'The Wall' shoots itself in the foot

12 May 2017

Not long into the film "The Wall," two U.S. soldiers find themselves pinned down by sniper fire in a remote part of Iraq. One gets on the radio and screams, "Requesting extraction!" You'll know the feeling.

 

Review: In 'Alien: Covenant,' a return to gut-busting horror

11 May 2017

Ah, the siren song of John Denver. Who among us can resist it? Certainly, not the crew of the Covenant, a vessel powered by a golden sail cruising through space with 2,000 "colonists" in hyper sleep and years to go until they reach their destination.

 

Review: Guy Ritchie reinvents 'King Arthur' to mixed results

12 May 2017

Deep into Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," a bad guy who we've never met before informs Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his mates that they'd better be at the castle before dark if they want to see "the boy" and "the girl" again. 

 

Film Scene: ‘Princess Mononoke,’ ‘Fifth Element’ anniversary and more must-see events

10 May 2017

What a treat it was to see the original 1995 anime classic “Ghost in the Shell” on the big screen of downtown’s Trustees Theater last week, courtesy of SCAD Cinema Circle.

 

Review: Timing couldn't be better for doc on Assange

05 May 2017

With all the weighty and momentous issues raised in "Risk," Laura Poitras' fascinating, thorny, and remarkably timely documentary on Julian Assange, one of the more subtly illuminating scenes is about something as inconsequential as a haircut.

 

Review: Rot of American wealth is on 'The Dinner' menu

05 May 2017

It's fitting that the first images you see in the riveting family drama "The Dinner" are of food. 

 

Film Scene: Go back to the disco with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ anniversary screening

03 May 2017

In the mood for a new, first-run progressive political documentary? Like to help fund the protection of our natural environment? Enjoy supporting Savannah’s locally based, independent arts and culture venues?

 

Review: 'Guardians' returns and it's better than the first

28 Apr 2017

In James Gunn's sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of "The Empire Strikes Back." 

 

Review: Clunky 'Sleight' showcases new lead Jacob Latimore

28 Apr 2017

Perhaps the greatest trick of "Sleight" is how its two charismatic leads magically make its clunky and overwrought elements almost disappear.

 

Film Scene: Make plans for anime, TED Talks, ‘Frozen’ and much more

26 Apr 2017

Greetings, adventurous film lovers, and welcome to another week’s worth of area alternative cinema previews.

 

Review: Love triangle undoes historical epic 'The Promise'

21 Apr 2017

The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George's "The Promise" intriguing enough. 

 

Review: An uneasy mishmash, 'Unforgettable' is forgettable

21 Apr 2017

True story: Right after the final line of "Unforgettable" was uttered, I felt a sudden stinging on the side of my face. Someone in a nearby row at the multiplex had thrown a roasted peanut toward the screen, in what I can only assume was frustration or scorn, and it landed on me.

 

Review: When the bullets fly, 'Free Fire' comes to a crawl

21 Apr 2017

The shootout, often a ballet, is a battle royale in Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire."

 

Film Scene: ‘The Graduate’ 50th anniversary and more highlight week in cinema

19 Apr 2017

There are a great many people who eagerly await each week’s issue of Do, and either receive it along with their regular Thursday copy of the Savannah Morning News or grab one from a nearby box or rack each Thursday morning.

 

Banff Mountain Film Fest brings action and adventure to Savannah

18 Apr 2017

If you relish the opportunity to see and experience locations and sensations far from the norm, then the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival has your name written all over it.

 

Review: Emily Dickinson tale 'A Quiet Passion' burns bright

14 Apr 2017

There is something deeply funny and also beautiful about the idea that it would take a British man in his 70s to make the definitive film about one of America's greatest female poets.

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