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REVIEW: ‘Mank’ is Fincher’s latest effort to sculpt Golden Age Hollywood

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer December 6, 2020
The biographical drama chronicles the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) and his effort in writing Citizen Kane while clashing with Hollywood elites and alcoholism.
Cucalorus Film Review: 'Dramarama' is a sweet coming-of-age tale

Cucalorus Film Review: ‘Dramarama’ is a sweet coming-of-age tale

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

Films concerning the relationships and struggles of modern American high schoolers are a dime a dozen—but very few high school movies attempt to display the nuances and three-dimensional traits of their...

REVIEW: Hulu's latest horror-thriller 'Run' takes a new approach to mother-daughter relationships

REVIEW: Hulu’s latest horror-thriller ‘Run’ takes a new approach to mother-daughter relationships

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer November 22, 2020

In recent years, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the 2010s have had an abundance of thrillers that began leaning into the realm of predictability and lack of innovation. However, when filmmaker...

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The Cucalorus Film Festival shows “Freeland” at UNCW’s Curbside Cinema

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer November 21, 2020

Earlier this year, the reputable SXSW Film Festival of Austin, Texas was thrown into a whirlwind of inconvenience spurred by the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. With the original plans for...

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Cucalorus Film Review: “Drought” at the drive-in

Meredith Stogner, Contributing Writer November 17, 2020
“Drought,” a movie defined by its charm, meaningful creative vision and compelling narrative of sibling love both pleasantly surprised me and gave me warm feelings towards a home I have always taken for granted. While the acting in the movie leaves something to be desired, its characters are charming and relatable.
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15 top rated movies and series of 2020

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer November 17, 2020

As 2020 has been a year plagued by many delays for films and theater closings, many can’t even begin to recall the last movie they watched, or the last time they went to a movie theater. Luckily, during...

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Cucalorus Film Review: “Beast Beast”

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer November 16, 2020

The Cucalorus Film Festival is now in full swing, as selections have begun to premiere both in-person at Curbside Cinema and online through streaming and live showings. “Beast Beast” is one of...

Cucalorus Film Festival approaches 26th annual outing

Cucalorus Film Festival approaches 26th annual outing

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer November 7, 2020
Perhaps Wilmington’s most important annual film event, Cucalorus is especially known for showcasing eclectic short films and feature films that attendees may otherwise never have a chance to see. And in the footsteps of renowned festivals such as Venice and Toronto, Cucalorus has opted to screen films despite the pandemic—only this time, they’ve taken necessary measures to ensure the safety of the patrons.
REVIEW: The controversy of

REVIEW: The controversy of “Borat 2”

Boyce Rucker, Contributing Writer November 4, 2020
Presenting itself as offensive and satirical as ever, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (2020) provides an effective and brilliantly laughable look at the current United States of America on a journey with Kazakhstan’s most bigoted, yet hilarious journalist. 

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REVIEW: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a timely success

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
The "Trial of the Chicago 7" is worth your time. It is likely that it’s the one film to be released all year that’s the most relevant to America’s current condition. It is a nuanced, impartial, and truthful telling of one of America’s most important legal cases—with great performances and strong execution to boot.
The best comedy specials to watch on Netflix

The best comedy specials to watch on Netflix

Meredith Stogner, Contributing Writer October 26, 2020
I think I have earned the title of “Netflix Comedy Special Aficionado” and I feel the world deserves to benefit from this knowledge. After all, shouldn’t something other than my much-improved sense of humor and ability to reference any comedy sketch come from all of those hours of binging comedy specials? I think so.
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REVIEW: ‘Antebellum’ is a means for Hollywood to profit off racial commentary

Stephen Lambros, Staff Writer October 17, 2020
'Antebellum' has good intentions, boldly proclaiming the fact that racism still exists in today’s America, but the film ultimately suffers from languid pacing, clunky writing, and poor direction.
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