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  • By Dan Cava August 13, 2015 Moments after seeing Straight Outta Compton, I realized that the much-anticipated N.W.A. biopic is actually two movies. I have my revelation as my friend Jeremy and I sit in his Acura, scrolling through his N.W.A. and Dr. Dre music...

  • By Dan Cava July 23, 2015 The “boxing movie” is enough of a thing that we know exactly what we are talking about when we say the term. Think about it: we don’t have chess movies, we have dramas or indie comedies about chess.  “Baseball...

  • By Branna Calloway July 17, 2015 Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope is a snapshot into the lives of three friends nearing the end of their senior year of high school. Malcolm, Diggy and Jib are three outcasts who bonded over their mutual love of music, good grades...

  • By Emily Seibel May 1, 2015 It is clear what will lure curious indie filmgoers to Keith Miller’s Five Star; the narrative seems to blend fiction and reality by starring actual gang kingpin James “Primo” Grant as himself. In real-life and in the film, Primo...

  • Jose Mujica April 27, 2015 We are very fortunate to be living in what many critics have dubbed “the Second Golden Age of Television”. Beginning in the early 2000s, with the popularity of critically acclaimed shows such as The Wire and The Sopranos, the standards...

  • By Cory Elvenstar April 27, 2015 Watching Kingsmen: The Secret Service was the most cinematic exhilaration I have had in years. I do not say this lightly, as I have seen some great films, but the sheer frenetic energy and enthusiasm that culminates in this film is...

  • Jose Mujica April 19, 2015 I’m not sure what I can say about Furious 7 that hasn’t already been said by various filmgoers about its preceding films. It’s a stupid movie and it’s very well aware that it’s a stupid movie. Now that’s not necessarily...

  • By Jeff Simpson April 5, 2015 Recently the Atlanta Film Festival celebrated its 39th year featuring entries from around the globe. The ten day event kicked off on March 20, 2015 showcasing excellence in independent film and cinematic arts in the categories of: Short and...

  • By Douglas Davidson Few films in 2014 got me as excited for their release as Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) which is why I was so disappointed that after several attempts, it left Charlotte theaters before I could view it. Luckily,...

  • By Douglas Davidson December 21, 2014 A list of “favorites” is always tough for me. It brings to mind all of the films I loved, many of the films I hated, but mostly the ones I missed, Birdman, Big Hero 6, Neighbors, Obvious Child, Whiplash,...