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Chloé Zhao at an event for The Oscars (2021).

Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win Best Director at the Oscars, but China is not exactly thrilled about it

Hannah McDonnell, Staff Writer May 6, 2021
Zhao appeared to criticize the China of her childhood as a place "where there are lies everywhere” in an interview with American magazine Filmmaker back in 2013. In another interview with an Australian news outlet, she was misquoted in saying that the United States is ultimately her country.  Despite her being misquoted, China's online nationalists rushed to attack Zhao, accusing her of smearing China.
Shamier Anderson in Stowaway (2021).

REVIEW: ‘Stowaway ‘ is a lifeless anomaly devoid of charm and complexity

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer April 29, 2021
“Stowaway” follows a space team that consists of medical researcher Zoe (Anna Kendrick),  ship captain Marina (Toni Collette) and biologist David (Daniel Dae Kim) as they embark on a two-year space mission to Mars. Sharing good camaraderie with one another, the team collaborates and functions well enough to have a well-thought plan and strategic use of resources that will ensure their survival throughout the mission. However, their mission is placed in jeopardy due to the discovery of a stowaway onboard named Michael (Shamier Anderson).
Jessie Mei Li in Shadow and Bone (2021).

REVIEW: Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ series is what a screen adaptation should look like

Kaylin Damico, Photography Editor April 29, 2021
When a book gets a screen adaptation, there is always the fear that the world and the characters will not be portrayed properly. With Bardugo as an executive producer, Netflix was able to incorporate the important details to maintain the novel’s integrity on the screen. The first episode alone will have you entranced by the world of the “Grishaverse” and its characters.

What you should know about this year’s Oscars

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer April 25, 2021
During the awards season each year, those who study and teach the art of filmmaking have varying opinions about the nominees and the ceremony itself. Professors, graduate students, and teaching assistants from UNCW’s s film department and theatre department were able to take the time to voice their thoughts on the ceremony.
Healing Generational Trauma conference unites Wilmington community and the arts

Healing Generational Trauma conference unites Wilmington community and the arts

Caroline Straubel, Contributing Writer April 24, 2021
The Healing Generational Trauma: A Community Arts Experience conference held on Saturday, April 17, focused on the trauma Black Americans face over multiple generations and the use of art as means of expressing this trauma. The conference was created under the Artivism For Social Change initiative fostered by the Office of the Arts and is available to view on the Arts at UNCW website.
Meghan McDonald (left) as Sally Talley and Davis Wood (right) as Matt Friedman.

UNCW’s theatre department presents the ultimate rom-com ‘Talley’s Folly’

Emma Smith, Contributing Writer April 24, 2021
On Thursday, April 15, the UNCW Theatre Department hosted the opening night of their production, “Talley’s Folly.” Despite a limited in-person audience due to COVID-19 restrictions and a livestream for those who could not attend, the two-person cast has continuously wowed their audiences with their 90-minute rom-com.
The Gardening club and the 350 club want UNCW to divest from fossil fuels

The Gardening club and the 350 club want UNCW to divest from fossil fuels

Layla Culler, Contributing Writer April 22, 2021
These two clubs have collaborated a few times and hope to do more together in the coming semesters. The 350 Club has helped the Gardening Club build and paint some of the raised beds and they both hope to host an event together this fall.  
Jack Irv and Larry Miller in Giants Being Lonely (2019)

REVIEW: “Giants Being Lonely” puts crying in North Carolina baseball

Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer April 22, 2021
Filmed and taking place in Hillsborough, North Carolina, the film has a lot to say about the oft-forgotten corners of small-town America—but the challenging editing style and moody atmosphere both result in a film that is not easy to recommend to general audiences.
Image of the Azalea Queen from 2014.

The Azalea Festival marks 74 years of community celebration

Kiley Woods, Contributing Writer April 20, 2021

To celebrate the beginning of spring, the blooming flowers and new life, pastel colors from women’s formal dresses and flowers flowed through the streets of Wilmington as The Azalea Festival began...

Cinnaholic is located in the Mayfaire Town Center.

“The ultimate indulgence”: Cinnamon roll bakery Cinnaholic opens in Mayfaire

Meredith Stogner, Contributing Writer April 12, 2021
The bakery features decadent cinnamon rolls, as well as edible cookie dough, brownies and cookies. These delectable treats are served warm and delicious, and everything is 100% vegan.
Molly Gordon and Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby (2020).

REVIEW: The unsettling black comedy of “Shiva Baby”

Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer April 9, 2021

The contained thriller isn’t a new idea in the general scope of cinema history. Many films have told the bulk of their stories within the constraint of a single time and location—comedies like “His...

A picture of foil reliefs created by students of GLOW Academy in the

“Just Us” resiliency program designed to promote Wilmington youth expression

Cierra Noffke, Culture Editor April 9, 2021
“Just Us” is a pilot program designed to give youth a space and medium to feel safe and to build resiliency in the face of trauma or injustice. Kimberley Cheatham—the outreach coordinator for UNC-Wilmington’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion—formulated the program in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.  
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