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If The Gardener takes its “inspiration” from Die Hard (1988), director Alex Merkin’s Pups Alone takes its from yet another holiday perennial, Home Alone (1990). Indeed, given the title and basic storyline, one might get the impression it’s an “official” follow-up. Nothing could be further fr…

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The Gardener, a one-note action melodrama edited, produced, and co-directed by Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca J. Matthews, is yet another entry in the Die Hard sweepstakes, detailing a home invasion in a remote manor located in the English countryside. It’s the yuletide season, and the family has…

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Throughout his career, filmmaker Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) has evinced a fondness for characters who exist on the fringes of conventional society, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest — and possibly best — film, Red Rocket. 

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The immensely talented Kenneth Branagh has made his most personal film with Belfast, a fact-based chronicle of his youth set in the late 1960s, when he was just a lad. Appropriately enough, the principal character is Buddy, a bright-eyed boy played with delightful charm and gusto by newcomer…

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The bubbly holiday comedy Single All the Way is currently available on Netflix, and “OUT at the Movies” will be hosting a special Netflix Viewing Party on December 22 beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with cast members Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers. It’s free for those with a N…

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There comes a point during producer/director Ridley Scott’s fact-based drama House of Gucci in which one gets the unmistakable sense that the narrative is slowly but inexorably slipping away. All the elements for a juicy, flashy melodrama, set against the backdrop of high fashion are seeming…

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Analyzing the career of Joaquin Phoenix is as rewarding as it is fascinating. He was River Phoenix’s younger brother. Then he was one of our best young actors. And even before winning the Oscar for his mesmerizing turn in Joker (2019), he had matured into, simply, as one of our best actors, …

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The events of writer/director Maya Sarfaty’s insightful, award-winning documentary feature Love It Was Not would seemingly be ripe for a juicy novel or a Hollywood potboiler, slathered in melodrama and sensationalism. Yet these events did take place, against one of the most horrific backdrop…

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Stardom surged for Tom Cruise in 1983 when he was 19 and slid into the hallway in Risky Business. Now in his fourth decade as one of the world’s most successful and wealthy actors, Tom owns homes in Beverly Hills; Clearwater, Florida and a 320-acre ranch in Telluride, Colorado that he helped…

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Kristen Stewart’s overpowering performance aside, producer/director Pablo Larrain’s Spencer is rather a disappointment. Billed as “A Fable from a True Tragedy,” the film follows a similar blueprint as Larrain’s Jackie (2016), in that it dramatizes a specific, confined, but important period o…

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The RiverRun International Film Festival’s virtual theater is currently presenting the award-winning documentary Theirs is the Kingdom, which will be available through Nov. 29th. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at https://riverrunfilm.com/.

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In his feature debut, writer/producer/editor/director D.M. Cunningham takes a page — or two — from the COVID-19 pandemic to fashion a grisly, gory ecological shocker that’s timelier than most films of its ilk. The Spore is a modest but encouraging calling card, and that Cunningham dedicates …

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The title Antlers isn’t misleading but is vague enough to possibly confuse horror fans, who might expect a film about a ravenous reindeer, rather than one about a diabolical Native American spirit. The spirit, which does sport antlers, is known as a “Wendigo,” but that title was previously u…

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The "OUT at the Movies” LGBTQ screening series will present the award-winning documentary feature Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the ACE Theatre Complex, located on the main campus of the University North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), 1533 S. …

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Survive the Game, directed by James Cullen Bressack, is the worst kind of bad movie. It’s not bad enough to be unintentionally funny or bad enough to make one lament the waste of talent involved. It’s a lazy, inept movie that barely has a reason for existing. The filmmakers, including first-…

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MONA LISA (The Criterion Collection): Bob Hoskins was a great actor, a latter-day Edward G. Robinson who played heroes and villains with equal force and nuance. Even better, his versatility knew few bounds. This exquisite 1986 crime drama, as emotionally layered as it is noir-ish, earned him…

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No Time to Die is the 25th in the long-running, phenomenally popular Eon Productions screen franchise based on the immortal character created by Ian Fleming. It is the first to be distributed by Universal Pictures and, apparently, the last to star Daniel Craig in the leading role. And, despi…

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With the RiverRun International Film Festival’s free family screening of Paddington 2 set for Oct. 23 at Marketplace Cinemas Drive-In, the tireless team at RiverRun has yet another free screening event this week: The critically acclaimed feature documentary Storm Lake, which will be shown Th…

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The fact-based psychological drama No Man of God, which stars Luke Kirby as serial killer Ted Bundy and Elijah Wood as Bill Hagmaier, the FBI agent who interviewed him while he was on Death Row in Florida, initially seems very promising. What might conceivably be a real-life variation on The…

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GREENSBORO, NC (October 14, 2021) – Creative Greensboro, the City’s office for arts and culture, has taken over management of the Van Dyke Performance Space, a 300-seat black box theater located in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Individuals, groups, and organizations may request rental of t…

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Originally titled Den blomstertid nu kommer, The Unthinkable was completed in 2018. That it took three years to reach these shores in no way reflects the film’s quality — or lack thereof. But global circumstances brought an unexpected, even remarkable timeliness to the story, and it’s no sur…