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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Get Hardcore at special screening

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:16 PM

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  • STX Entertainment

Who's ready for some Hardcore action?

Fathom Events and STX Entertainment are teaming up to present Hardcore Henry: The Ultimate Fan Experience at 7 p.m. next Thursday, April 7, at various theaters around the country. (Locally, that means Stonecrest 22 and Concord Mills 24.)

Hardcore Henry has already been generating buzz for being shot entirely from a first-person perspective, and while the film doesn't open until April 8, folks who can't wait can catch this special pre-opening presentation. In addition to the movie, the event will include a post-screening broadcast of a Q&A session with writer-director Ilya Naishuller and actor Sharlto Copley (District 9). Those in attendance will also receive a limited edition Hardcore Henry comic book.

To purchase tickets, or for other information, go here.

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Themes run deep at 2016 RiverRun Film Fest

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Strong women and struggling teens are but two of the many themes to be found among the 150+ works being screened at the 18th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival, unwinding April 7-17 in Winston-Salem.

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship, the closing film at this years RiverRun Film Festival
  • Roadside Attractions
  • Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship, the closing film at this year's RiverRun Film Festival

Formidable females are at the center of a large number of films this year, including the documentaries A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (about three Bangladeshi women in an all-female police unit), Cameraperson (focusing on veteran cinematographer Kirsten Johnson) and Speed Sisters (examining the lives of five Palestinian women who make up an all-female race car team). Meanwhile, teenagers of both sexes seek to establish their own identities and make sense of the world around them in such efforts as The Roma Project (about a teen with unexplained powers), T-Rex (in which a 17-year-old strives to become the first woman to win the Olympic gold medal in boxing) and Titanic Boy (a documentary about a 13-year-old kid obsessed with the sinking ship).

And that's just the tip of the (Titanic-crippling?) iceberg. The fest begins the evening of Thursday, April 7, with showings of the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, about the creator of such enduring TV shows as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand-set comedy starring Sam Neill and directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), and ends the evening of Sunday, April 17, with a screening of Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation from writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco). In between are more screenings of new films (including several works from North Carolina filmmakers as well as indie features starring the likes of Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest), showings of established classics (among them Annie Hall, The Dark Crystal and Rebel without a Cause), an "Acting on Stage and Screen" panel discussion from Tony-winning actress and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris (Tom & Viv, Spider-Man) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar nominee Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, Miss Firecracker), the opening weekend gala, and more.

For a look at the full lineup or other information, go here.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Charlotte Talks About Oscar

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Critic Sean OConnell (right) attempts to withstand Mike Collins ferocious questions during the taping of Charlotte Talks
  • Fox
  • Critic Sean O'Connell (right) attempts to withstand Mike Collins' ferocious questions during the taping of Charlotte Talks

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be held Feb. 28, and, as always, local film reviewers will appear opposite host Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks to offer their preferences and predictions in the major races. Creative Loafing film critic Matt Brunson and CinemaBlend.com's Sean O'Connell will discuss the various contenders, including Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short and The Revenant.

This edition of Charlotte Talks will air at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, on WFAE 90.7 FM. The broadcast will then be archived at www.wfae.org.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland in Forsaken
  • Momentum Pictures
  • Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland in Forsaken

Forsaken - Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland

The Lady in the Van - Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings

Race - Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis

Risen - Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton

The Witch - Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Providence
  • Mainstreet Productions
  • Providence

Deadpool - Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

How to Be Single - Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson

Providence - Rich Swingle, Juli Tapken (NOTE: Filmmakers Fred and Sharon Wilharm and actress Irene Santiago will hold a Q&A session following the 7 p.m. Monday, February 15, screening at Carolina Pavilion.)

Son of Saul - Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár

Where to Invade Next - Documentary; Michael Moore

Zoolander No. 2 - Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Opening Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 12:08 AM

The 5th Wave

Anomalisa - Animated; voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Boy - Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Dirty Grandpa - Robert De Niro, Zac Efron

The 5th Wave - Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson

Ip Man 3 - Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 11:44 PM

Ride Along 2

The Benefactor - Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning

Lamb - Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence

Mustang - Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Norm of the North - Animated; voices of Rob Schneider, Ken Jeong

Ride Along 2 - Ice Cube, Kevin Hart

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - John Krasinski, James Badge Dale

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 7:31 PM

The Revenant
  • Fox
  • The Revenant

The Forest - Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney

The Masked Saint - Brett Granstaff, Roddy Piper

The Revenant - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Opening This Week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The Hateful Eight

Wednesday:

The Big Short - Christian Bale, Steve Carell

Thursday:

Carol - Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

Concussion - Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Daddy's Home - Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg

The Danish Girl - Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

The Hateful Eight - Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

Joy

Joy - Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Point Break - Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramírez

Youth - Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Disney
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip - Jason Lee, Justin Long

Sisters - Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley

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