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Gearing up for the Fall movie preview

August 29, 2018 Do they have a 12 step program for superhero withdraw symptoms? Never fear, with the start of the fall movie season, you can get your fix. Warner Brothers introduces DC’s “Aquaman” in December. more »»

‘BlacKkKlansman’ echoes ongoing equality crisis

August 29, 2018 The United States faces a disparate equality crisi. more »»

‘The First Purge’ kicks off season of horror flicks

July 25, 2018 “Get off the street and into the church,” sound like words of sanctuary beckoning, except it's on Staten Island, scene of a limited government experiment intended to lower the nation's crime rate. more »»

New director takes different approach with latest ‘Jurassic Park’

June 27, 2018 Do dinosaurs deserve protected, endangered species status or to face no escape from a continually more intense volcanic eruption on Isla Nubla, which once provided sanctuary for the cloned species... more »»

‘Incredibles 2’ shows empowered females and family dynamics

June 27, 2018 Mutants and superheroes have faced examination, illegality and hiding in plain sight. more »»

The return of Rednecksploitation on TV

May 30, 2018 Nearly five years after some young southern West Virginia adults took MTV’s “Buckwild” to a height of redneck popularity, MTV and the former producers of “Buckwild” are at it again. more »»

June movies offer something for everyone

May 30, 2018 June’s most awaited triple blockbuster will see a return to save the nearly extinct dinosaurs left running free in “Jurassic Worl. more »»

Reviews & previews: Spring & summer

April 25, 2018 Tentpoles are coming. “Avengers: Infinity Wars” represents the first of the summertime cinematic obsession with superheroes, special effects and sequel. more »»

Don’t go trespassing near Twelve Pole

March 28, 2018 Wayne County has a house. It’s along Twelve Pole. 335. Looks like a fixer upper. 335 has a history. more »»

WV Netflix doc receives Oscar buzz

February 28, 2018 By Tony Rutherford A short documentary by West Virginia University alumna Elaine McMillion Sheldon and her husband, Kerrin, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short by the Academy of Motion... more »»

‘Black Panther’ raises the bar on diversity in movies

February 28, 2018 “Black Panther” conquered the cinematic world its first week out in a single four-day sweep. more »»

‘Shape’ joins others as major Oscar contender

January 31, 2018 February thrusts the continuation of Christian Grey and Ana Steele’s openly S&M romance (“Fifty Shades Freed”) and comic’s first African American superhero, Black Panther, receives the big screen... more »»

‘Last Jedi’ and looking ahead to awards

December 27, 2017 By Tony Rutherford Mixing iconic past moments, continuing adventures with old favorites (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, Chewbacca, C3P0) and further exploration of personalities introduced in... more »»

Rounding out the box office: Good, bad and mediocre

November 29, 2017 When the curtain falls on 2017, two observations appear certain: First, six out of the top 10 popular films will be superhero related (submission deadline was late November, so expert projections ar... more »»

What is human? A Blade Runner analysis

October 25, 2017 Has everyone now seen “Blade Runner 2049”? Since the studio enforced moratorium on specific characters and plot details has now passed, let’s get analytic. more »»

Reviews: Creepy clowning and futuristic sci-fi

September 27, 2017 IT Lucifer’s green goo has fallen to number two. A serial killer clown claimed the #1 position as top earning U.S. horror motion picture. more »»

Horror movie season in full swing in Sept.

August 30, 2017 As football season replaces special effect/CGI bursting “tentpole” season, Hollywood turns to its aisle packing, auditorium screaming horror/thriller genre to woo viewers until superheroes (and... more »»

Fall movie preview and reviews

July 27, 2017 Fall offerings have a juggling mixture of animation, horror, science-fiction, and crime thrillers. Many have prior roots. Comedy appears lacking. more »»

‘Rough Night’ tries to bridge gender gap

June 28, 2017 When four women reunite after 10 years, a popping champagne bottle at an airport signifies hints of uncouth, bawdy, high times forthcoming. more »»

Spurlock tackles C8 health crisis

June 28, 2017 New York, NY — Two forces in the documentary film world – Oscar® nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and award-winning director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) – have teamed up on an... more »»



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