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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 has become less prominent in modern cinema. Most horror fans...

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

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 again, we’ve created a list of the best movies, 75 to be exact,...

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

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’: 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.
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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.

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.
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