Alexander Payne is the king of the road movie. There, I said it. He may not make something with the drug-fueled bravura of “Easy Rider” or the zaniness of “Vacation,” but nobody consistently creates more grounded, hilarious road films like Payne. “Sideways,” “About Schmidt” and even “The Descendants” to an extent are all fantastic road… Read More ›
Forthcoming from Burnside Books is Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins, a well-known writer, peace activist, retreat leader, and the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival. The book will be available for sale on November 5, 2013. In Cinematic States, northern Irish writer Higgins explores American myths in one of their most powerful forms. This irreverent yet… Read More ›
Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray, 86 minutes, not rated Free film screening of Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray at The ArtsCenter, October 26 at 4:00pm. The 86-minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion lead by Robert Marcus, Civil War Historian, and Leonard Rogoff, Southern Jewish Scholar. The ArtsCenter is located at… Read More ›
The last time Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson appeared in a movie together was in 2005, during the peak of their powers. Co-starring in a little movie called “Wedding Crashers,” the pair bounced zingers back and forth, using their improv skills to create one of the most surprisingly funny movies in years. Back then, Vaughn’s… Read More ›
“The Fast and the Furious” franchise began as an homage to B-movies of old that centered around street racing and hot rods, becoming a sleeper hit for Universal. That was back in 2001. Twelve years and five sequels later, the “Fast” franchise is still humming along, with “Fast 5” being the best in the series… Read More ›
A big budget, special effects action bonanza, J.J. Abrams’s 2009 reboot of “Star Trek” accomplished what no other “Trek” film has done before. A massive success, it was a game changer for the series, transporting “Star Trek” from something only for fanboys into the mainstream. Suddenly it was cool to like “Star Trek.” By eschewing… Read More ›
a smart, character-driven blockbuster
There was quite a bit of hype surrounding “Stoker” for a few reasons. First, it was written by Wentworth Miller, the star of TV’s “Prison Break.” He sent the screenply out to Hollywood under a pseudonym so it would be treated like every other script in town. Once it got picked up, Chan-wook Park, who… Read More ›
Nobody really retires in the entertainment industry. Jay-Z has made more music since he “hung up the mic” than he did before. Now, Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh seems to have caught the retirement bug, announcing that “Side Effects” will be his last film. Rooney Mara is outstanding as Emily, a depressed wife whose husband… Read More ›
There’s been baby zombies, legless zombies, naked zombies, pet zombies and even fast zombies. But “Warm Bodies” is the first time a zombie in love has been presented on screen. R (Nicholas Hoult) is having a bit of a dead-life crisis. He doesn’t remember his name, most of his conversations are internal, and he’s tired… Read More ›
“The Sopranos” was one of the greatest television shows of all time. Mixing pop culture, the New Jersey mafia and avant garde storytelling, it was nothing short of hypnotic. Now David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” hits the big screen for the first time with “Not Fade Away,” a film he both wrote and directed…. Read More ›
In Lee Child’s best-selling novels, Jack Reacher is 6’5″ and 250 pounds, an imposing and intimidating man. Tom Cruise is 5’7″, maybe 150 pounds and isn’t anywhere close to being imposing or intimidating. Yet Cruise plays the popular character in “Jack Reacher,” based on Child’s “One Shot,” the ninth book in the Reacher series. Jack… Read More ›
After changing the face of comedy with “Anchorman,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” Judd Apatow was on top of the world. Then he threw it all away with the bloated, unfunny Adam Sandler starrer “Funny People.” Now Apatow is back to reclaim the eye of the tiger with “This is 40,” featuring Pete and… Read More ›
“Silver Linings Playbook” is a rarity in movies. Adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel, the film pulls off what maybe only “Fight Club” and “Forrest Gump” have before. Surpass the original source material. Recently released from a mental institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper) wants to accomplish all of the things his estranged wife always wanted him to,… Read More ›
The wait is over. It’s been four years since James Bond graced the screen in “Quantum of Solace,” a disappointing letdown after the excellent “Casino Royale,” which re-invented 007 as a more rough and tough spy, played by Daniel Craig. The four year period was one of the longest without a Bond film since the… Read More ›
“Wreck-It-Ralph” is probably the first movie about video games that’s actually good. “Super Mario Bros.” was a fiasco, the “Resident Evil” films resulted in varying degrees of meh, and even the latest “Silent Hill” couldn’t make any noise. “Wreck-It-Ralph” is another story. John C. Reilly voices Ralph, the villain of “Fix-It-Felix Jr.,” a “Rampage” style… Read More ›
In “Flight,” Denzel Washington unapologetically drinks, smokes marijuana, snorts cocaine, lies, convinces others to lie on his behalf and pretty much acts like an awful human being for the entire film. The only thing he does do right is crash an airplane. And oh, what a crash it is. In one of the most suspenseful… Read More ›
Two major releases hit the Triangle for the weekend of Oct. 19. One is a sequel, the other a sort of sequel. Alex Cross Tyler Perry takes the reins from Morgan Freeman in this reboot of the franchise based on James Patterson’s best selling novels. This time the popular detective is up against an assassin,… Read More ›
Tyler Perry has carved out a very nice career for himself playing Madea, the sassy, gun-toting elderly woman that first brought the writer-director fame. Now, he’s trying to branch out further into the mainstream with Alex Cross, a reboot of the franchise that previously starred Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A… Read More ›
Tuesday brings with it the release of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to DVD and Blu-Ray. One of the best films of 2012, Kingdom is Anderson at the peak of his game. But how does it compare to his other, similarly quirky films? 1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Adapted from the Roald Dahl novel, Fox features… Read More ›
Up and coming film maker, Dane Terrell, has a few irons in the fire with a new movie Casey and his latest action Sci-Fi novel Black Viking. Dane has recently recruited Noreen DeWulf, Forbes Riley and Joan Severance for his movie Casey. Dane’s book, Black Viking, is the first of twelve sagas, which combines the… Read More ›
The Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, returns next month to the Galaxy Cinema in Cary. The series is sponsored by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture. Starting November 8 at 11 a.m., TMH will announce a secret location on its Facebook… Read More ›
The Cinema, Inc. offers the Triangle’s biggest entertainment bargain: 12 films for $20. That’s just $1.67 per film, which is only two cents more than the 1971 average U.S. movie ticket price of $1.65. The 2010-11 season of this nonprofit film society will begin on Sept. 12th, with “Don Juan DeMarco,” starring Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp.
Winners of this year’s Indy Arts Award for Film team up with the Playwrights Roundtable for a Special Sunday of Short Films at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Sunday, October 18, at 3 p.m.
In what has become a popular summer favorite, “Movies by Moonlight” Series will return to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary for another stellar season presented by WakeMed.
This breathlessly entertaining Bollywood movie follows a master thief through a giddy international caper in India’s premiere action-movie franchise.
North Carolina Museum of Art
(1935) Directed by Max Reinhardt. Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney. 133 min.
NC Museum of Art
(1944) Directed by Robert Stevenson. Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O’Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, Elizabeth Taylor. 97 min.
NC Museum of Art
(1968) Directed by Robert Ellis Miller. Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Stacy Keach. 123 min.
NC Museum of Art
(1945) Directed by René Clair. Walter Houston, Barry Fitzgerald, Louis Hayward. 97 min.