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Review: ‘Pan’ is weird and wacky, but it works

09 Oct 2015

The Peter Pan tale is an eternal favorite that infuses just a little bit of magic into everyday life, for those who don’t want to grow up.


Review: ‘Steve Jobs’ plays man versus machine

09 Oct 2015

When is someone going to open a window in Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs”? Alas, wrong operating system.


Review: Fukunaga stuns with powerful ‘Beasts of No Nation’

09 Oct 2015

The story of the child soldier is not one the movies have been clamoring to tell. What could be gleaned from giving this insidious reality a narrative platform?


Review: ‘Malala’ is a gripping story, eloquently told

09 Oct 2015

Many people know the basic elements of the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But “He Named Me Malala” retells that story in a deft and affecting way. 


Film Scene: Monty Python films light up Savannah screens

07 Oct 2015

The first time I became aware of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was around 1975, when the pioneering, unorthodox British TV sketch comedy series first began airing on a number of PBS affiliates here in the States, five years after the show had launched on the BBC.


Review: ‘The Walk’ earns its keep with spectacular third act

01 Oct 2015

Can a great third act make a great film? Conventional wisdom would say no. It’s silly to spell out, but beginnings and middles are important, too.


Review: Damon charms as stranded astronaut in ‘The Martian’

01 Oct 2015

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, “The Martian.”


Review: Authentic, moving performances elevate ‘Freeheld’

01 Oct 2015

Few actresses bring the simple authenticity to the screen that Julianne Moore does; it’s virtually impossible to imagine this actress sounding a false note. 


Film Scene: Halloween classics kick off October at the Lucas

30 Sep 2015

October is also the time when the film studios usually push a variety of substandard horror flicks that would likely tank in other, less “scary” months, and when community film societies nationwide tend to program all sorts of creepy classics and fringe-y cult shockers.


Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, 'Game of Thrones' star among 2015 Savannah Film Festival honorees

30 Sep 2015

The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced honorees, guests and the rest of its film lineup for the 2015 Savannah Film Festival. 


Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ is a value-added return visit

25 Sep 2015

Some notable upgrades have been made for “Hotel Transylvania 2,” the sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated vehicle that took a sizable bite out of the box office but proved to be less accommodating where the cobweb-bare script was concerned.


Review: ‘99 Homes’ leaves the burner on

24 Sep 2015

Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” throbs with the public fury and private horror of the real-estate collapse. Set in the Orlando, Fla., suburbs, Bahrani plunges into the ugly, contentious dramas of foreclosure. It’s a war movie where thresholds are the battle lines.


Review: The bearable niceness of ‘The Intern’

24 Sep 2015

The world of Nancy Meyers sure is beautiful. But her studied production design and dreamy interiors have become such a focal point, that they’ve almost eclipsed her storytelling. 


Film Scene: See a critic and fan favorite in ‘The Second Mother’

22 Sep 2015

Some Film Scene readers may be familiar with the website If you’re not, know this: It’s a “review aggregator” site. 


Tales of equal rights, Hank Williams to shine at Savannah Film Festival

21 Sep 2015

The equal rights drama “Suffragette” starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter will open the 2015 Savannah Film Festival, the Savannah College of Art and Design has announced.


First City Films uses innovative approach to fundraising for upcoming project

21 Sep 2015

Savannah’s First City Films is raising money to produce the faith-based “A Smile Beneath,” which is set to film in 2016. 


Review: Chilling Depp, expert ensemble in ‘Black Mass’

17 Sep 2015

Shakespeare had his tortured Hamlet, his ambitious Macbeth, his malevolent Iago, his warring Montagues and Capulets.


Review: Latest ‘Maze Runner’ lacks urgency of original

17 Sep 2015

Wes Ball’s adaptation of the first book from James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” young adult novels, about a group of teens consigned to a mysterious labyrinth, yielded a feature that proved it could compete for the same audience as the “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” series


Review: ‘Sicario’ a sad, searing portrait of border drug war

17 Sep 2015

The billion-dollar drug trade along the U.S.-Mexico border is so bloody and lawless, the line between right and wrong has become impossibly blurred.


Review: ‘Everest’ a harrowing spectacle that lacks emotion

17 Sep 2015

“Everest” is not an easy movie to watch. No entertainment that contains such tragedy should be.


Film Scene: Plan now for a full fall schedule of screenings

15 Sep 2015

For the first time in a while, there’s a relatively low number of alternative film-related events taking place in our area. 


Legacy of Carter Family explored in new documentary

15 Sep 2015

Beth Harrington is a woman of many pursuits. These days, she’s somewhat swamped overseeing the long-awaited independent theatrical release of her latest full-length documentary, “The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music.”


Review: ‘The Visit’ marred by canned scares, flat humor

10 Sep 2015

A family get-together starts out strange and quickly enters nightmare territory in “The Visit,” a horror-thriller that turns soiled adult diapers into a motif.