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That Morgan Freeman and Ruby Rose headline Vanquish doesn’t make this dismal, dreary melodrama any better. It actually makes it worse because it utterly wastes them both — particularly Freeman, who looks terminally bored and literally phones in his performance. Rose, never a particularly exp…

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Last year, the bad news was that the 22nd annual RiverRun International Film Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news this year is that the 23rd annual RiverRun Film Festival will go on as scheduled, offering a combination of safety-distanced, in-person outdoor or dr…

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Variety, the entertainment industry trade paper often cited as “the show-biz bible,” has once again published its list of the top 50 film-school programs in the world for 2021. And, once again, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking has made that list.

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With Godzilla vs. Kong burning up the box office and being touted as “the first blockbuster of the post-COVID landscape,” it’s hardly surprising that there would be numerous promotional tie-ins. The film is the latest in Legendary Pictures’ ongoing – and very popular – “MonsterVerse” franchi…

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On April 22, the University of North Carolina of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem will present the world premiere of Waiting in the Wings, a new dance film choreographed by the noted award-winner Larry Keigwin, which was filmed entirely in downtown Winston-Salem and on the UNCSA main campus.

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Winston-Salem’s “OUT at the Movies” screening series dips into the past for a big-screen spring fling, presenting the 1995 comedy hit To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar at Marketplace Cinema’s Drive-In, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, on April 24.

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Perhaps nowhere else in the world could a good plastic surgeon and a stunning home be more in demand than in Hollywood, a pairing of the two comes together when one of Hollywood’s most popular plastic surgeons builds a picture-perfect house. Dr. Paul Nassif of E!’s reality show Botched, has …

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The Malibu beach house where Judy Garland lived with her second husband, Vincente Minnelli, and their daughter, Liza Minnelli, shortly from after it was built in 1947 into the 1950s is for sale. Completely rebuilt in 2013, it is priced at $3.895 million.

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Six new grant recipients to have economic impact of more than $134 millionRaleigh, N.C. – After pressing pause in 2020, film production has resumed in North Carolina with six recent grant recipients. With production levels at a six-year high so far this year, the latest productions to be ann…

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The completely renovated Chelsea Theater, the Triangle’s only nonprofit theater devoted entirely to film, education, and community outreach, will open its doors to the public on April 16. The theater, closed last March due to COVID-19 restrictions, used the last year to completely gut and re…

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Around this time each year, the RiverRun International Film Festival traditionally hosts a launch party touting the films and special guests scheduled to be a part of the festival. Circumstances being what they are during the COVID-19 pandemic, the RiverRun International Film Festival’s trad…

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The RiverRun International Film Festival will present a special, one-night-only screening of the award-winning drama Drought this Friday. Tickets are $12 and available at https://riverrunfilm.com/. The film will be available online for viewing for 72 hours, and the screening will also includ…

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In anticipation of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2, RiverRun will present Drought, a homegrown, North Carolina-based film originally selected to screen during RiverRun’s 2020 Film Festival. The film will screen online for one day only this Friday, March 26, and tickets are available…

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (MARCH 17, 2021)— In anticipation of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2, RiverRun International Film Festival will present Drought, a homegrown, North Carolina-based film originally selected to screen during RiverRun’s 2020 Film Festival.  The film will screen online …

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Writer/producer Nicholas Jarecki made an impressive feature directorial debut with Arbitrage in 2012 but has taken almost a decade to make his follow-up. Billed as being “inspired by true events,” Crisis evokes Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic (2000) as it dramatizes the opioid epidemic in three …

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The much-talked-about opening sequence in Pieces of a Woman involves its protagonist, Martha Weiss (Vanessa Kirby), about to give birth at home. Aided by her partner Sean (Shia LaBeouf) and Eva (Molly Parker), a last-minute replacement for Martha’s intended midwife, the event is dramatized i…

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The Mimic, the third feature written and directed by Thomas F. Mazziotti and the first since 1998’s Charlie Hoboken, is a comedy of such churlish quirkiness and unappealing smugness that its 81-minute running time seems much longer.

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The screen version of Nomadland is both timely and timeless. An exploration of America that many of us have never experienced, or potentially ever will, it’s a staggering portrait of everyday folk who have worked hard all their lives, played by the rules, and now find themselves disconnected…

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Valentine’s Day may have been Sunday, but there’s always room for a good love story, and this biography of actress Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin qualifies as a great one, written with insight and compassion by their daughter, Victoria.

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Playwright August Wilson’s memory has been well honored with the screen version of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his 1984 drama that earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.