At Any Price - Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron
Epic - Animated
Fast & Furious 6 - Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
The Hangover Part III - Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms
Midnight's Children - Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's - Documentary
Hello. My name is Corbie Hill, and I'm a huge Star Trek fan. Don't call me a Trekkie or anything - I have a life, you know - but the long-lived, socially conscious space opera franchise has been an important part of my life since before I can remember.
You should see my toy starship collection.
Only a few years ago, I was the joyless cliché of the Trek fan so ingeniously mocked by this Onion short, griping about J.J. Abrams' 2009 recasting of the 1701 crew and redesigning of the Enterprise without bothering to see the film. When I finally did, at my friend Dan's urging (he's a Star Wars fan - ironies, anyone?), Star Trek '09 showed me that a film can be both a good movie and a good Star Trek movie - a distinction I'd been incapable of making before. I was finally able to take a step back and see how Comic Book Guy I'd been for years, and I approached Star Trek Into Darkness with open-minded excitement.
Oh, and I wore a Spock uniform. Duh.
Yet one recurrent criticism of the Abrams films - one that sticks in my craw a bit as a lifelong Trek fan - is that they're pure popcorn action, lacking the moral weight of the two series in which franchise creator Gene Roddenberry had a direct hand. While reviews gathered on RottenTomatoes.com are overwhelmingly fresh, Into Darkness seems to have been judged on its strengths as an action film alone. Considering sociopolitical criticism throughout - in keeping with the best Trek - these are backhanded compliments at best.
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Arthur Newman - Colin Firth, Emily Blunt
The Great Gatsby - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire
In the House - Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas
Peeples - Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington
Renoir - Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret
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Simply jumping rope as a child in a schoolyard is one thing, but showing off moves for a national competition is another - it's something you need not volunteer for if you lack acrobatics, speed and creativity. 2007's Doubletime introduces us to the sport of double dutch, while following two teams who are preparing to compete against one another in a competition.
Having picked up awards for "Best Documentary" at both the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and Seattle International Film Festival, this flick goes beyond strenuous legwork to introduce us to two leading teams with Carolina ties: The Bouncing Bulldogs, a predominately white group from Chapel Hill, and The Double Dutch Forces, a predominately black group from Columbia, S.C. For more information, visit www.doubletimefilm.com. Free admission. May 4, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St.
Editor's note: In this series, local author David Aaron Moore answers reader-submitted questions about unusual, noteworthy or historic people, places and things in Charlotte. Submit inquires to email@example.com.
What movies have been shot in Charlotte and surrounding areas? - Merci Adams, Charlotte
Quite a few, actually, ranging from hugely successful blockbusters to bizarre and obscure low-budget gore flics. The following are a few films, organized by year of release, that I believe are the most significant and gathered the most media attention.
Submissions are presently being accepted for the 4th Annual Joedance Film Festival, which will take place Aug. 2-3 in the Fourth Ward District.
Through June 1, filmmakers who either reside in Charlotte or are originally from the city may submit feature-length or short movies. There is no fee to enter. Two feature-length films and four shorts will be chosen by the Joedance selection committee and announced at a June 16 reception at The Saloon at the NC Music Factory. Chosen filmmakers will receive an all-access pass to the festival, which includes a dinner and a red carpet event.
Created in honor of Joe Restaino, a 20-year-old Charlottean who passed away from Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2010, the festival donates all proceeds to Levine Children's Hospital to support rare cancer research.
For more information on the festival, or to donate, go here.
Iron Man 3 - Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley
This monthly column offers a sampling of the major releases coming soon to Blu-ray and/or DVD.
The Great Escape (MGM/Fox, 1963)
Jack Reacher (Paramount, 2012)
Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights (Disney, 2000 / 2003)
Mama (Universal, 2013)
Upstream Color (ERBP, 2013)
Battlestar Galactica: The Movie (Universal, 1978)
Cloud Atlas (Warner, 2012)
Crimewave (Shout! Factory, 1985)
Leave Her to Heaven (Twilight Time, 1945)
3:10 to Yuma (Criterion, 1957)
The Burning (Shout! Factory, 1981)
Medium Cool (Criterion, 1969)
My Neighbor Totoro (Disney, 1988)
Side Effects (Universal, 2013)
Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics and Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Contemporary (Warner, 2013)
Cleopatra (Fox, 1963)
Life Is Sweet (Criterion, 1990)
The Magic Christian (Olive Films, 1969)
Rolling Thunder (Shout! Factory, 1977)
The Star Chamber (Anchor Bay, 1983)
Mad Max Trilogy (Warner, 1979 / 1981 / 1985) - June 4
Street Trash (Synapse, 1987) - June 11
The Kentucky Fried Movie (Shout! Factory, 1977) - July 2
Ishtar (Sony, 1987) - Aug. 6
Body Double (Twilight Time, 1984) - Aug. 13
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