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‘Pines’ is gritty, bold and well-acted

April 29, 2013 A lot of dark, moody “film noir” pieces from the past tend to share elements whereby they place flawed-conduct consequences upon struggling likable characters caught in converging circumstances, an... more »»

Spring/summer movie guide

April 29, 2013 In a trend at the movies this Spring/Summer, distributors interrupt strictly good versus evil heroic franchises for twin topics that reflect the not-so-scrubbed-under-the-rug anxieties of the 21st... more »»

‘Spring Breakers’ sexploitation &?satire

April 1, 2013 Reflecting societal issues has been obligatory for cinematic art. All flicks do not fulfill this purpose, they entertain and cater to niche audience. more »»

WV zombie ‘extra,’ & state indie film icon at Tricon

April 1, 2013 A famous zombie “extra” and WV State University independent filmmaker will attend the Tricon, April 6 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. more »»

Latest ‘Die Hard’ too much brawn over brains

February 28, 2013 How long has it been since John McClane (Bruce Willis) took on bad guys? He still has the “right stuff,” interlacing action hero blood and bruises with a streak of patented one-liner exchanges. more »»

Despite ‘Buckwild’ troubles, WV hopes to attract others to ‘Hollerwood’ U.S.A.

February 28, 2013 Long before MTV’s “Buckwild” reality blitz turned Sissonville into a rural destination peppered by the antics of college-aged kids, the state had a desire to display its natural beauty and Hometown... more »»

Weighing in on romantic flicks: Voices from around WV

January 31, 2013 By Tony Rutherford What romantic movies will be popped into DVD players for the Valentine’s Day holiday? Instead of giving my own Top Ten favorites, a selection of regional artists, reporters,... more »»

Huntington gets soundstage, could become hub

January 31, 2013 Prior to the 2006 production of “We Are Marshall,” which shot for three weeks in Huntington, one could count on one hand the number of studio produced films made in West Virginia, including “The... more »»

Gender roles and pairings in the movies

January 31, 2013 As the filmmaking Class of 2012 moves toward the ultimate award’s ceremony, The Academy Awards, current screen offerings reflect a brewing gender equality battle that has seen few women nominated in... more »»

Heroism, redemption dominate holiday flicks

December 26, 2012 When reality turns into a bummer, the #1 experience for temporarily shaking off tribulations demands a retreat to imaginative worlds and happy endings. more »»

‘Skyfall’ a real audience pleaser

November 29, 2012 For 50 years, James Bond has delivered the platinum standard for super spy intrigue. more »»

Emotional, character-driven ‘Lincoln’

November 29, 2012 Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Congress, the President and the states adopted the 13th Amendment. This knowledge is American History 101. more »»

‘Red Dawn’ is post-9/11 remake of cult favorite

November 29, 2012 When rebooting a film franchise, filmmakers strive to reinvent, update or explore alternate, previously overlooked story arcs. more »»

‘Twilight’ and ‘Flight’ reviews

November 29, 2012 “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” Here comes the honeymoon. more »»

‘Argo’ will be remembered come Oscar time

October 31, 2012 What’s an absurd idea for escaping a revolution that just might work? Pretend it’s a movie shoot. more »»

November, December looking at big films

October 31, 2012 November and December holidays bring long awaited “tent pole” movie releases and a technological improvement which debuts on a limited basis at some showings of “The Hobbit” Curtis McCall has seen... more »»

Eastwood still shows fire in ‘Curve’

September 26, 2012 Keep your eyes on “Trouble with the Curve,” Clint Eastwood’s newest in which he rejects his previously stated vow to never act again. The role is made for him. more »»

Love him, hate him: One reviewer’s take on ‘2016’

September 26, 2012 Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Barack Obama? Conservative author-turned-co-director and narrator, Dinesh D’Souza, has an answer that should be regarded as a “thesis,” “premise” or... more »»

Gearing up for flurry of fall flicks

August 29, 2012 Heading back to school or college campus puts a crimp in filmgoing demographics as the lure of sports and social activities compete with the latest from Hollywood’s buzzing franchise factories. more »»

Superhero flicks need a ‘re-boot’

July 26, 2012 Let’s face it, superhero films have a wide audience and devoted following. more »»



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