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See How They Run, which marks the feature directorial debut of television veteran Tom George, is a sheer delight from beginning to end. Populated by an enthusiastic ensemble cast and packed with historical and pop-culture references and in-jokes, this farcical murder/mystery is pure escapist…

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It’s that scary, spooky time again: With Halloween around the corner, the ninth annual Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival (WHFFF) is ready to pack audiences in — and keep them on the edge of their seats — when it opens Friday at Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. Th…

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Winston-Salem’s popular LGBTQ+ screening series, “OUT at the Movies,” will launch its ninth annual film festival beginning September 29 and running through October 2, boasting a varied selection of 31 films — plus parties and special events — during the four-day event. Individual tickets are…

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Nearly 30 years on, filmmaker Kevin Smith is clearly in a reflective mood with Clerks III, the long-awaited — and possibly final — “installment” of the big-screen trilogy he kicked off with Clerks in 1994. The cult success of Clerks made Smith an instant celebrity, one who was hailed as a pe…

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As pre-Halloween scare fare goes, The Invitation is all trick and no treat. It’s the sort of simple-minded film in which the audience is way ahead of its protagonist almost the entire way.

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Writer/director Baltasar Kormakur’s Beast isn’t a good movie, but it’s not a bad one — and it could have been considerably worse. Its main asset is front and center throughout: Idris Elba, in a full-fledged star turn. Elba is such a magnetic screen presence that he can make just about anythi…

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I’ll admit it: In my wayward youth, I was a huge Star Trek fan. Call me a “Trekkie” or “Trekker,” but I loved the television series and was totally jazzed for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Unfortunately, despite spectacular special effects and an Oscar-nominated score by Jerry Golds…

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Jurassic World Dominion, the sixth overall and the third of recent sequels to Universal’s enormous sci-fi franchise, is jam-packed with characters (too many), subplots (ditto), special effects (not surprisingly), and spectacle (undeniably). It is also a mess, the least impactful of the lot, …

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There’s something scary going on in Winston-Salem. It can be seen in writer/director John Mathis’ Where’s Rose, which opens Friday for an exclusive run at Marketplace Cinemas, located at 2095 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. And it can be seen with Mathis himself in attendance on Frida…

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Writer/director John Mathis, a 2017 graduate of the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, returned to his collegiate stomping grounds to make Where’s Rose, an imaginative and even ingenious psycho-shocker. In short, he’s scared up a winner. At the very least, and it’s much more than that, Where’s Rose…

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In partnership with Parkway Lincoln, RiverRun is hosting the 4th Lincoln Smartphone Short Film Contest! The film content/story must be centered around a Lincoln vehicle(s). Participants may interpret this however they choose and will be judged on creativity and originality. The films will be…

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The “OUT at the Movies” screening series will present a special outdoor screening of the award-winning 2000 Del Shores comedy Sordid Lives at 7:30 pm on August 20th at MUSE (226 S. Liberty St.) in Winston-Salem. Admission is free, and the rain date is August 21st.

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Vengeance is one of the bright surprises of the summer movie season. Unfortunately, it was probably the worst time of year in which to release it. Ambitious, auspicious, and mostly successful, the film marks the feature directorial debut of writer/executive producer/leading man B.J. Novak. I…

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There are so many good things in Jordan Peele’s Nope that it’s a shame the film doesn’t really work. It lacks the sociological snap of Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), it’s more self-indulgent than both, and ultimately doesn’t up to the sum of its parts — try as it might (and does).

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Having primarily distinguished herself in character roles, particularly those she’s played for Mike Leigh (eight films in all) and an Oscar-nominated turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread (2017), Lesley Manville takes center stage in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, in which she plays …

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Journalist and historian Billy Ingram has stories to tell about his hometown of Greensboro, which he left in 1980, when “Californy seemed the place he ought to be and he packed up his 1974 Slant 6 Dodge Dart Swinger and moved to Beverly,” in the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies.

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Ever since Despicable Me (2010), the self-explanatory (and self-incriminating) “Minions” of nefarious super-villain Gru have been committing grand larceny, stealing every scene they’re in -— if not the entire movie outright. They did likewise in Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Despicable Me 3 (20…

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To say it’s an honor to interview George Stevens Jr. is something of an understatement. This is, after all, the man who founded the American Film Institute (AFI) and created the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, co-founded the Kennedy Center Honors, served as co-chairman of the President’s Cou…

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In one of his most notable speeches, Malcolm X poised the notion of bringing the United States before the United Nations International Court of Justice.

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Elvis Presley (1935-’77) was many things to many people, but one thing he wasn’t was dull. The same cannot be said, however, of Baz Luhrmann’s characteristically overblown show-biz biography of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Austin Butler does a nice job as Elvis — perhaps enough to earn him an …

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There’s definitely a “King” vibe to The Black Phone   — which is only appropriate because it’s based on the 2004 short story by executive producer Joe King, the son of Stephen. And, as King Family screen adaptations go, there’s no contest: The Black Phone dials the recent remake of Papa Step…

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Regarded as one of the great actresses of all time, Swedish-born Greta Garbo got her start in silent films and went on to become one of MGM’s highest-grossing box office stars. She was known for her melancholic, somber persona and famous for tragic characters and understated performances, su…