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Sierra McCormick in "American Horror Stories."
REVIEW: 'American Horror Stories" offers nostalgia and not much else
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • July 17, 2021
t creating an initial sense of unease and tension, but the effect devolves due to the writing and its reliance on shock factor. The first part recaptures the groundedness of “AHS: Murder House” and creates a somewhat moody atmosphere that can be attributed to the production design of the house’s interior, the ambient musical score and the dark cinematography. 
A still from Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021).
'Fear Street Part One: 1994' is a fun throwback to 90s slasher films
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • July 9, 2021

The horror genre has undeniably evolved over time in its coverage of social themes and psychology, so it’s easy to see how the slasher genre...

Emma Berman, Jacob Tremblay, and Jack Dylan Grazer in Luca (2021).
REVIEW: ‘Luca’ is a simple flick that defies the traditional Pixar structure, for better or worse
Abigail Celoria, Contributing Writer • June 23, 2021
In animation quality, “Luca” is certainly up to par with its predecessors—while the underwater world is visually sparse, the characters and the seaside village are both beautiful to look at, with a fluid cartoonish style to them. However, this film is divergent from the other traditional elements of Pixar—namely, the plot and the emotional themes.
Saoirse Ronan, left, and Laurie Metcalf in a scene from "Lady Bird."
The best 75 movies to watch on Netflix
Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief • June 9, 2021

There are a lot of movies on Netflix for your viewing, but to avoid endless searching through categories that just push the same titles over...

A man holds a film camera.
Wilmington's film industry begins the summer with four new productions
Kiley Woods, Contributing Writer • May 29, 2021
Several television shows and movies are set to film in Wilmington this summer including “Our Kind of People,” “Along for the Ride,” “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” and “Florida Man.”  
Angelina Jolie and Jon Bernthal in "Those Who Wish Me Dead" (2021).
REVIEW: 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' is a thriller incapable of igniting excitement and offering resolutions
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • May 19, 2021
Having been established as an original and expressive voice in modern cinema, it should not come as a surprise that major companies like Warner Bros. would seek him out. Released in theaters and to HBO Max on May 14, 2021, “Those Who Wish Me Dead” is the latest feature film to be both co-written and directed by Sheridan. The film appears to be much more commercialized compared to his previous films; however, the film falls flat due to the degradation of what made his most notable films stand out.
Michael B. Jordan in "Without Remorse"(2021).
'Without Remorse': Read the book instead
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • May 12, 2021
The film follows Navy SEAL John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) after he returns to the U.S. after leading a covert mission in Syria that could cause an international conflict. As retaliation for his role in the mission, Kelly and his team are targeted at their U.S. homes by Russian operatives.
A shot from "Star Wars: The Bad Batch."
REVIEW: 'The Bad Batch' is an impressive addition to the "Star Wars' franchise
Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer • May 12, 2021
A spin-off of “The Clone Wars,'' “The Bad Batch” focuses on the titular squad of genetically enhanced clone troopers as they break from the ranks of the clone army after the execution of Order 66 and the emergence of the Galactic Empire. Unlike the majority of the clone army, the squad makes use of more creative and resourceful tactics when they’re engaged in battle while also displaying and acting on emotions with consideration to morality rather than simply following orders.
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.

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