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Review: O’Connell leads gripping Belfast thriller ‘’71’

27 Feb 2015

The grimly gripping thriller “’71” plunges a young, inexperienced British soldier into the mayhem of 1970s Belfast.

 

Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp ‘Focus’

27 Feb 2015

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?

 

Review: Moore invigorates dark, messy ‘Maps to the Stars’

27 Feb 2015

“Maps to the Stars” is such a deliriously perfect title for a Hollywood send-up that it’s amazing it hasn’t been used in that form before.

 

Film Scene: ‘Spring Breakers’ may deserve a second look

25 Feb 2015

CinemaSavannah curator Tomasz Warchol describes "Spring Breakers" as his "greatest revelation of the 2013 film season."

 

'Spring break hotties' sought for Zac Efron film on Tybee Island

25 Feb 2015

"Dirty Grandpa," starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, needs extras to work on spring break scenes on Tybee Island.

 

Review: ‘Hot Tub 2’ gives a bad name to recast sequels

20 Feb 2015

Steve Pink’s “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” leaps forward rather than backward in time and sort of makes one wish the world had ended while it was en route.

 

Review: Costner pitch-perfect in moving ‘McFarland, USA’

18 Feb 2015

“McFarland, USA” could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in the beginning, it seems like it’s heading there.

 

Film Scene: See a bona fide classic in ‘Night of the Hunter’

18 Feb 2015

During my youth in the mid-1970s, as far as I was concerned, there was no one on television cooler than Jim Rockford, lead in the weekly series “The Rockford Files.”

 

Review: ‘Fifty Shades’ of dissatisfaction

12 Feb 2015

Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask.

 

Review: ‘Kingsman’ shakes up traditional spy thriller

12 Feb 2015

In his earlier “Kick-Ass,” British writer-director Matthew Vaughn famously cast an 11-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz as a young killing machine in the stylishly brutal superhero film.

 

Review: Kendrick sings — and charms — in ‘Last Five Years’

12 Feb 2015

Don’t be surprised if, settling into “The Last Five Years” with your popcorn, you hear a large number of people around you singing rather than crunching.

 

Film Scene: Take in French flicks, controversial drama

11 Feb 2015

There’s no doubt the highlight of this week’s alternative cinema activity in the greater Savannah area is surely the seventh annual Francophone Film Festival.

 

Armstrong brings five free screenings to Francophone Film Fest

11 Feb 2015

Completely free and open to the public, Armstrong's Francophone Film Fest affords adventurous movie lovers a chance to see films that would otherwise likely never be shown in Savannah.

 

Review: SpongeBob’s back, on a zany venture up to our world

07 Feb 2015

Would that all of our brains resembled that of SpongeBob SquarePants — and we’re talking about his actual brain, like, the cerebral matter located somewhere inside that porous yellow body.

 

Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ a soupy cosmic fairy tale

07 Feb 2015

Within the warped wardrobe of the Wachowskis’ latest sci-fi extravaganza, “Jupiter Ascending,” there are some fantastical feasts of intergalactic ridiculousness.

 

Review: ‘Seventh Son’ wears out its welcome

07 Feb 2015

There’s a fine line between charm and cheese in fantasy epics, and movies as silly and overwrought as “Seventh Son” only help to illustrate just how hard it is to hit the right tone.

 

Film Scene: Lucas gets romantic with ‘Princess Bride’

04 Feb 2015

A while back, I admitted here in Film Scene that there were many, many movies most folks would tend to assume someone such as myself would have definitely seen at some point, but which I simply have not.

 

Review: ‘Black or White’ wrestles with race in custody drama

30 Jan 2015

“Black or White” may be the title, but there are plenty of gray areas tackled in this good ol’ fashioned family dramedy from standup comic-turned-filmmaker Mike Binder.

 

Review: A tired gimmick weakens thriller ‘Project Almanac’

28 Jan 2015

What have we done to deserve another found-footage movie? The tired hand-held technique that seemed so fresh in 1999 with “The Blair Witch Project” long ago wore out its welcome.

 

Review: Tragedies of ‘Timbuktu’ told with rare beauty

28 Jan 2015

The hot Malian sands of Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” are a cool reservoir of placid beauty, where desert dunes are swept by quiet ripples of colorful, everyday village life and haphazard storms of violence.

 

Review: Something’s missing from the deck in ‘Wild Card’

28 Jan 2015

It becomes quickly clear in “Wild Card" that Jason Statham's character doesn’t need a gun to maim or kill. Guns are for wimps. Statham can wreak havoc with virtually any sharp implement, including his own head.

 

Film Scene: Make it a Tarantino weekend in Savannah

28 Jan 2015

This week’s column is a perfect opportunity to delineate between Savannah's four main outlets for indie, foreign, fringe or cult films, as they will all be in use over the next seven days for cinematic presentations.

 

Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

22 Jan 2015

No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo’s latest, “The Boy Next Door.”

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