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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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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Charlotte Talks: The year-end film slate awakens

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Local film critics Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing and Sean O'Connell of CinemaBlend.com will join host Mike Collins for a discussion of the big year-end holiday movies on Charlotte Talks at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, on WFAE 90.7 FM.

The group will discuss major movies that are currently playing in theaters, such as The Good Dinosaur and the final Hunger Games installment, as well as films opening between now and Christmas, including The Hateful Eight, Carol and, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

SEFCA shines spotlight on Spotlight

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM

The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) yesterday named Spotlight the Best Picture of 2015 in its 24th annual voting. Writer-director Tom McCarthy's drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation into widespread child molestation within the Catholic Church earned a total of three awards, with its other victories coming in the categories of Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay (McCarthy and Josh Singer).

Mad Max: Fury Road and Room, which respectively placed second and third in the tallying for Best Picture, were the only other movies to score multiple wins, each winning two prizes apiece.

In the acting categories, Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for Trumbo, Brie Larson was named Best Actress for Room, Sylvester Stallone nabbed Best Supporting Actor for Creed, and Alicia Vikander scored Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina.

The Wyatt Award, given annually to the "film that best evokes the spirit of the South" (past winners have included Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter's Bone and Selma), this year went to the North Carolina-set Finders Keepers.

The Southeastern Film Critics Association is comprised of film journalists from nine states representing the Southeastern section of the United States. This year, 55 members participated in the voting, including Charlotte critics Lawrence Toppman, Sean O'Connell, Harvey Burgess and me.

In addition to naming its Best Picture, SEFCA also releases its Top 10 for the year. The complete list of winners and runners-up in all categories is below.

BEST PICTURE
1. Spotlight
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Room
4. Brooklyn
5. Carol
6. The Big Short
7. The Martian
8. Inside Out
9. Bridge of Spies
10. Trumbo

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Runner-up: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Runner-up: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
  • A24
  • Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Runner-up: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

BEST ENSEMBLE
Winner: Spotlight
Runner-up: The Big Short

BEST DIRECTOR
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer for Spotlight
Runner-up: Bob Petersen, Pete Docter for Inside Out

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner: Emma Donoghue for Room
Runner-up: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner: Amy
Runner-up: Best of Enemies

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: Son of Saul
Runner-up: The Assassin

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Winner: Inside Out
Runner-up: Anomalisa

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Luca Bigazzi for Youth

THE GENE WYATT AWARD FOR THE FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH
Winner: Finders Keepers
Runner-up: 99 Homes

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 11:23 PM

In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea - Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 9:06 PM

CHI-RAQ - Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson

Krampus - Toni Collette, Adam Scott

A Royal Night Out - Sarah Gadon, Rupert Everett

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Opening Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Brooklyn - Saoirse Ronan, Jim Broadbent

Creed - Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone

The Good Dinosaur - Animated; voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand

Trumbo - Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren

Victor Frankenstein - James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 1:44 PM

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Lionsgate
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore

The Night Before - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen

Secret In Their Eyes - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman

Spotlight - Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Room
  • A24
  • Room

All Things Must Pass - Documentary

Love the Coopers - Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried

My All American - Aaron Eckhart, Finn Whitrock

Room - Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

The 33 - Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 6:26 PM

Labyrinth of Lies

Labyrinth of Lies - Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski

Miss You Already - Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore

The Peanuts Movie - Animated

SPECTRE
  • Columbia & MGM
  • SPECTRE

SPECTRE - Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

Suffragette - Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ranking the James Bond flicks

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 4:28 PM

With SPECTRE hitting theaters this Friday, the time seems right to bring back a pair of Creative Loafing articles centered on Bond, James Bond.

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To see all 25 previous Bond flicks ranked from worst to best, check out Taking Stock of Bond here.

For ample lists about everything Bond-related, including Best Theme Songs, Best Villains, Best Character Names and more, go to The Double-Oh Dossier here.

And come back to the site this Friday for a review of SPECTRE.

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