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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.
"Nomadland" directed by Chloe Zhao.
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.
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.
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...

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Snyder’s 'Justice League' is a monumental superhero film fueled by passion
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • March 30, 2021
Soon after the theatrical cut’s release, fans began to petition and demand for a release of Snyder’s original cut of the film. In the midst of circulating rumors, Snyder confirmed its existence in 2019 and revealed that its release was up to Warner Bros to decide. A year later, it was announced that Warner Bros would be releasing the film on HBO Max in 2021 and that Snyder would receive additional funding to complete the film as he saw fit.
UNCW student creates docuseries during pandemic
UNCW student creates docuseries during pandemic
Hannah McDonnell, Staff Writer • March 14, 2021

Over the course of the fall 2020 semester, student Logan Harvey and friends filmed as much as they possibly could of their daily lives. They...

Best of Visions: What to expect from this year’s film festival
Best of Visions: What to expect from this year’s film festival
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • March 7, 2021

As we approach the one year mark since the initial COVID-19 lockdown, it’s not surprising that many events are still opting for virtual settings...

Alan S. Kim, left, Steven Yeun, Noel Cho and Yeri Han in A24
REVIEW: ‘Minari’ cultivates a future for Asian-American filmmaking
Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer • March 2, 2021

Great Asian-American films aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. Hollywood rarely makes films with a majority cast of Asian-ethnic actors (though...

Maddie Ziegler in "Music."
Why critics are calling for Sia’s movie “Music” to be excluded from the Golden Globes
Hannah McDonnell, Staff Writer • February 28, 2021

Sia’s new movie “Music” has amassed so much controversy, a viral petition to have the film condemned by the industry and for it’s two...

The 2020 film, Nomadland.
REVIEW: ‘Nomadland’ drives off into the sunset
Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer • February 23, 2021

The politics and discourse of the pandemic have been anything but consistent, but one thing that’s stayed rigid for months has been the rapturous...

Brenna Flanagan, Addison Hamlet, Dajah Glenn, and Kara Shoup perform in Psychosis.
REVIEW: '4.48 Psychosis' is a mind-bending success
Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer • February 20, 2021

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNCW theatre department has continued to dedicate themselves to putting on excellent performances,...

Kara Shoup and the cast of UNCW
UNCW Theatre Department to perform “4:48 Psychosis”
Caroline Straubel, Contributing Writer • February 17, 2021

UNCW’s theatre department is performing “4:48 Psychosis” by Sarah Kane in the Cultural Arts Building and on a livestream. The live performances...

Whether Agnes (Kathryn Hahn, center) is Agnes Harkness or not, her amazing performance as the generic "nosy next-door neighbor" character is one of the best parts of "WandaVision." And yes, those clothes she, Vision (Paul Bettany, left) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen, right) have on are what people wore in the 1980s.
The biggest moments from the latest episodes of “WandaVision”
Boyce Rucker February 16, 2021

Since Marvel Studios made its Disney+ debut with “WandaVision” in January, it has been universally praised by critics and viewers alike for...

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