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The Wilmington waterfront at sunset.
Three upcoming film projects in pre-production in Wilmington
Kiley Woods and Abbey Keller September 21, 2021
Wilmington’s boom is credited to creative people who still want to execute their ideas that were interrupted by COVID-19. Creating their work in the city provides numerous job opportunities for UNCW film students, local filmmakers, and young actors searching for work.
Ben Hardy and Natasha Liu Bordizzo in The Voyeurs (2021).
REVIEW: 'The Voyeurs' questions how far we’ll go for a peek
Grace Hall, Contributing Writer • September 14, 2021
The most impressive portion of this movie was the writing: the movie unravels itself completely, then twists itself back up into a knot—it all comes full circle. It questions modern reality, and what’s real. What are the costs of seeing into others’ lives? Are we truly okay with others watching us? How far will we really go to watch—and do we even want to see?
Oscar Isaac as William Tell in The Card Counter (2021).
REVIEW: Oscar Isaac shines amidst the darkness and brutality of ‘The Card Counter’
Boyce Rucker, Intern • September 12, 2021
Despite its namesake, and the slick style portrayed in its trailer, the film is only about high-stakes poker on surface level. More than anything, it’s the character study of a broken man and a critique on the inhumanity of military interrogation in the Iraq War.
Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
REVIEW: ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ offers a chilling take on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal
Boyce Rucker, Intern • September 11, 2021
While it’s still too early to tell if “American Crime Story: Impeachment” is as great as its predecessors in the “American Crime Story” series, the premiere shows a promise of strong, quality storytelling. The episode stands out for the depth given to each character through the combination of writing and strong acting performances.
Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).
REVIEW: ‘Shang-Chi’ is an energetic and heartfelt action film
Boyce Rucker, Culture Intern • September 5, 2021
The film follows Shang-Chi, played by actor Simu Liu, on an adventure that forces him to confront the dark past that he has been trying to forget. His ordinary life in San Francisco is interrupted by the presence of the Ten Rings, the peace-destroying organization that was first introduced in “Iron Man." The organization’s leader, and Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu, played by Tony Leung, intends to enlist Shang-Chi for a supernatural task that may hold dire consequences for the entire world.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Candyman (2021).
REVIEW: 'Candyman' might be the best film of the summer
Boyce Rucker, Culture Intern • August 29, 2021
Co-written and directed by Nia DaCosta, the Jordan Peele-produced sequel reimagines and updates the “Candyman” narrative to present the horrific flaws regarding the perception of art and social justice in the present day.The film presents a heavy theme that revolves around the differences in social class, as well as the victimization of Black people at the hands of a flawed justice system.
Hugh Jackman in Reminiscence (2021).
REVIEW: Even with Jackman, 'Reminiscence' fails to fulfill its compelling premise
Boyce Rucker, Intern • August 21, 2021
Set in the climate change-induced ocean-flooded future Miami, the film follows Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator and the owner of a clinic that allows clients to enter a machine and relive past memories of their choice. Bannister’s world changes when he meets a mysterious client named Mae (Rebecca Ferguson), with who he begins a romance shortly after. After being in a relationship with her for months, she suddenly disappears one day without a trace or warning.
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.

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