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With Condor’s Nest, writer/producer/director Phil Blattenberger has fashioned a B-movie with flair — a World War II adventure in the tradition of the Republic serials of yesteryear, seasoned with the action elements familiar to contemporary audiences. Its ambitions don’t exceed its grasp, an…

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In its two-decade history, Blumhouse Productions has certainly done its part to bring horror and science fiction to the forefront. The company, founded by producer Jason Blum, has a knack for knowing its audience, be it the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge franchises, resurrecti…

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This year marks the 70th birthday of Roman Holiday (1953), the classic romantic comedy that earned Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award for Best Actress and launched her to super-stardom. Now, Fathom Events has teamed with Paramount Pictures to bring the film back to theaters this month. Of the h…

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With a tangy Latin flavor, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a belated sequel to 2011’s Puss in Boots, which showcased the title character (voiced by Antonio Banderas) first introduced in Shrek 2 (2004). That the film took 11 years to be made is the quintessential Hollywood development hell. T…

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To celebrate its 13th birthday, Winston-Salem’s a/perture cinema (311 W. Fourth Street) will be cutting more than just a cake, as it presents a special “anniversary” screening of producer/director Sean S. Cunningham’s seminal 1980 shocker Friday the 13th this Friday – the 13th -- at 4 p.m. a…

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Nearly 40 years ago, the low-budget “Santa slasher” movie Silent Night, Deadly Night caused such a furor that its distributor — Tri-Star Pictures, no less — yanked it from theaters. 

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Although perhaps best known for his light-heartedly heroic or comedic roles, Brendan Fraser has displayed his dramatic capabilities over the years. Extraordinary Measures (2010) might have played like a Lifetime tearjerker, but he displayed his serious side to good effect in Gods and Monster…

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The RiverRun International Film Festival gets the New Year off to a roaring start with A Silver Celebration: RiverRun @ 25, which will he held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 21st, 2023, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem. This commemoration of RiverRun…

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The Inspection, which marks the feature debut of writer/director Elegance Bratton, is “inspired by true events” — specifically Bratton’s own stint in the Marine Corps 20 years ago. The film also owes a bit to David Rabe’s groundbreaking 1976 play Streamers (later made into a film by Robert A…

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A Little Prayer, the latest film written and directed by Winston-Salem’s own Angus MacLachlan, will make its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, which will be held January 19th – 29th, 2023 in Park City, UT.

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In this season of celebration, the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has announced its selections for the best films of the year, with the ethereal fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once topping the list as Best Picture, Michelle Yeoh winning Best Actress, Ke Huy Quan as Best …

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The RiverRun International Film Festival celebrates the Christmas season with a free screening of the award-winning 2003 comedy Elf, which will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 17th at Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. The requested admission is two cans o…

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For a film about an expensive, exclusive, and (extremely) eventful epicurean feast, The Menu may not be for all tastes despite the appetizing dishes glimpsed throughout. But for its intended audience, The Menu serves up blistering social satire and intricate suspense with assurance and aplom…

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Richard Clabaugh is a modest man. He’s proud of his family. He’s proud of the work he’s done. He’s proud of the 10 years (1999-2009) he taught at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). But he’s not one to proclaim or trumpet his achievements,…

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Ticket to Paradise marks the fifth screen teaming of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and although their star wattage burns bright, this is a particularly flimsy, utterly predictable affair that does them no favors aside from granting a gorgeous filming location (Queensland, Australia — dou…

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Despite the title, Armageddon Time is not a slam-bang special-effects extravaganza but an autobiographical coming-of-age parable from writer/producer/director James Gray, with Banks Repeta portraying Gray’s cinematic alter-ego, young Paul Graff.

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The tagline on the poster of Prey for the Devil is “It wants in,” but a more apt one would be “You’ll want out,” because this interminably boring shocker ranks not only as a dreary dud of a horror film, but one of the worst films of the year — period.

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic screen adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, and Fathom Events has teamed with Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures to bring the film back to theaters this month. Of the …

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What would Halloween be without another Halloween movie? It’s a moot point, because Halloween Ends marks the latest in a (very) long line of holiday-themed chillers that originated with John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 classic, and the third in the recent trilogy helmed by UNCSA School of Filmm…

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Jacob’s First Mandolin, a short film made by Taylor Sharp, triumphed over all comers in the Visit North Carolina’s Firsts That Last Film Series Competition, which was instituted to promote tourism in the Tarheel State. Of the 12 short films submitted, Jacob’s First Mandolin reaped almost 17,…

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One thing’s for sure: Tom Cruise’s insistence that Top Gun: Maverick be released to theaters only after the pandemic began to recede was a very wise business decision. Audiences were starved for big-screen multiplex thrills, and it has racked up astronomical box-office grosses, far outdistan…

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The horror film Smile is the feature version of writer/director Parker Finn’s 2020 short Laura Can’t Sleep — and, judging by the results, it should have stayed that way. Although technically competent, Smile is nothing to smile or scream about, except for the bloated running time (115 minute…