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Will Smith, Saniyya Sidney, and Demi Singleton in “King Richard” (2021).
REVIEW: Will Smith gives a natural performance in the moving sports biopic ‘King Richard’
Boyce Rucker, Intern • November 24, 2021
“King Richard” may simply read like a Venus and Serena biopic when we read the synopsis, but it is also a story of Richard Williams and his drive to see their potential come to fruition. While Williams’ training methods are questionable, the film gives us a closer look into why he is so outspoken and driven. Will Smith gives an enthralling performance that is one part of the film’s selling point, in addition to Serena and Venus Williams’ upbringing.
The cast of “The Wheel of Time” (2021).
REVIEW: ‘The Wheel of Time’ stumbles on first steps, but finds its footing in this epic fantasy adventure
Abigail Celoria, Contributing Writer • November 21, 2021
In a way, it would be difficult to make a wholly unenjoyable adaptation of Jordan’s series. The books themselves were so well-crafted that Amazon already stands on a steady foundation. There are so many plot elements in the series that it becomes more of a matter of what to choose. From the episodes released so far, it is clear that Amazon’s strategy for streamlining the book series is giving the Two Rivers five equal weights. Whether or not this is successful will likely depend on the pace the show keeps, as demonstrated by these first three episodes. While it is no home run, this first season of “The Wheel of Time” seems to be headed in a positive direction.
Kaitlyn Dever in episode seven of “Dopesick” (2021).
REVIEW: ‘Dopesick’ gives faces to the opioid crisis
Abigail Celoria, Contributing Writer • November 19, 2021
Hulu’s “Dopesick” is everything a show of its genre should be—real, gritty, gut-wrenching; and yet enjoyable, socially illuminating and ultimately encouraging. It gives form to a drug crisis known only vaguely to some, but so full of meaning for others, both educating and comforting in its approach. Keaton’s Dr. Finnix is not likely to be forgotten with his closing monologue in the final episode—pain is a part of life, and in working to overcome it, we might find our better selves.
A still from Prayers for the Stolen (2021).
REVIEW: 'Prayers for the Stolen' shows the horrific status of childhood in Mexico
Grace Hall, Contributing Writer • November 18, 2021
In June 2021, the film was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won a special mention; it also won the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. It’s no wonder why; not only does the film highlight the femicide occurring in Mexico so clearly, but it shows raw human emotion through the eyes of a budding child, coming of age in a place where she could be harmed at any moment. Constant tension keeps everyone in the village on edge, reflecting to viewers the unique type of torture that is witnessed by those experiencing life in rural Mexican villages.
Cucalorus airs a secret screening on November 14th.
REVIEW: Cucalorus finishes up with ‘After Blue,’ a French throwback to ‘80s sci-fi fantasy films
Boyce Rucker, Intern • November 16, 2021
The premise of the film is intriguing and feels new, but the narrative is incoherent and lacks depth. As previously mentioned, aesthetics, world-building and production design are the film’s strong points. But for these elements to be effective, the film needs a deeper narrative to be able to convey these ideas and lend itself to a deeper meaning. The characters are not well-developed either, it seems like they are objects meant to simply advance the film, rather than fleshed out characters we can root for and relate to. Roxy could be an interesting character, but there is no easy way for us to connect with her character, or recognize any development for her beyond sexual desires.
Katia Pascariu in “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” (2021).
REVIEW: Cucalorus presents a graphic display of Romanian scandal in ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’
Boyce Rucker, Intern • November 15, 2021
“Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” strays from what we would expect from Western cinema to deliver a social critique of human apathy. Its themes and aesthetics are effective and present a larger universal theme about the disconnect in human empathy. After watching it, there is no mystery to why it was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
Zelda Adams in “Hellbender” (2021).
REVIEW: 'Hellbender' is a mystifying film about turning your back on heaven
Grace Hall, Contributing Writer • November 15, 2021
The overarching narrative of family, the relationship between mother and daughter, the cycle of nature and life and the power of death, fear and otherness leave lots to think about among viewers. The Adams’ family’s relationship dynamic plays out within the movie, making it all the more memorable.
A still from Theirs Is the Kingdom (2021).
REVIEW: Cucalorus documentary ‘Theirs is the Kingdom’ paints an Asheville community in divine image
Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief • November 14, 2021
In justifying the mural, the film and its subjects examine who gets to benefit from art and who gets to be represented in art. It questions the often-elitist notion of art as luxury and instead suggests that art is crucial for misunderstood or underrepresented communities. It is necessary that they feel seen, and in a world that often chooses to look away from those standing on street corners, art can represent people as humans worthy of being admired. The audience takes home a much deeper lesson on the intersection between art, religion and humanity.
A still from “The Oxy Kingpins” (2021).
REVIEW: 'The Oxy Kingpins' mainlines a shot of reality to Cucalorus 2021
Niko Giammanco, Contributing Writer • November 13, 2021
Like a “sit-down” between Big Pharma and “The Godfather,” “The Oxy Kingpins,” a documentary directed by Brendan Fitzgerald (also known for Gaycation) and Nick August-Perna (also known for The Swell Season), delivers an in-your-face take on the hypocrisy of capitalism and its ability to skirt justice for the sake of money, causing the intentional pain of millions of addicted Americans, with no hint of remorse insight.
Katie Boland in “We’re All in This Together” (2021).
REVIEW: ‘We’re All In This Together’ is a remarkable dysfunctional family film
Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer • November 13, 2021
“We’re All In This Together” signals a promising future for star and filmmaker Boland. With this captivating film, Boland can surely harness her vision for characters and story to move forward in the industry as an actress and a director. All in all, “We’re All In This Together” tells a chaotic, humorous, and earnest tale of the mending of familial bonds and the unyielding devotion coming along beside it.
A still from “Wuhan Wuhan” (2021).
REVIEW: ‘Wuhan Wuhan’ explores a new perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic
Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer • November 13, 2021
All in all, “Wuhan Wuhan” is a heartfelt and deeply human time capsule that deserves to be seen by many people. The film effectively shows that while the coronavirus affected people on a global scale, the human race is more than capable of overcoming it.
Alex Liu in “A Sexplanation” (2021).
REVIEW: Cucalorus kicks off with enticing curiosity in ‘A Sexplanation’
Boyce Rucker, Intern • November 12, 2021
Sexuality is one of the largest taboos across America. It’s a catalyst for the youth’s curiosity and a component for countless ongoing debates, such as birth control and advertising. Furthermore, a more personable issue lies in society’s suppression and weaponization of sex and sexuality. Filmmaker Alex Liu’s feature-length documentary “A Sexplanation” explores the flaws in America’s sex education and offers subjective, yet convincing, thoughts on sexual behavior. 
Cucalorus is hosting their 27th annual film festival.
27th Cucalorus Festival kicks off in downtown Wilmington
Grace Hall, Contributing Writer • November 8, 2021
Though this festival is a continuation of an annual tradition, it never fails to introduce some of the up-and-coming names in the film and music industry, bringing light to topics needing representation in media. Whether you are a film geek, a fan of good music, or simply a festival-goer interested in modern media, Cuculorus welcomes all.
Michael C. Hall in “Dexter” (2006) season eight, episode one.
REVIEW: Serial killer Dexter Morgan makes a bold and bloody return in 'Dexter: New Blood'
Boyce Rucker, Intern • November 8, 2021
“Dexter: New Blood” delivers a stunning reintroduction to Dexter Morgan that’s promising to old fans and accessible to new ones. Showtime’s revival series shows promise in being a nostalgic trip that lives up to its predecessor.
Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer” (2021).
REVIEW: ‘Spencer’ is a more striking artistic fable than a Princess Diana biopic
Abigail Celoria, Contributing Writer • November 7, 2021
“Spencer” is not quite narrative in the traditional sense. Sequences without consequence to the plot make up the majority of its end, opting instead to swath the Princess in a fantastic, symbolic air. While this is not necessarily something to dislike, it does not fit as neatly into the genre as some viewers may have expected. This film is likely to be polarizing amongst both general audiences and fans of Diana, who go in anticipating a biopic but come out with an entirely different experience.

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