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Time to Have Some Comic Book Fun

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is silly but satisfying...and a timely blockbuster more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

The Broad Street Film Festival Is Back

Chattanooga’s film festival season ends on April 18 with a reminder. While clubs like Mise En Scenesters and the extremely successful Chattanooga Film Festival have turned the Scenic City into a ... more »

Apr 16, 2015 10:49 AM Reviews

Yes, But Do Any of Them Sparkle?

The mainstream parody film has nearly been obliterated in the last 15 years, starting with “Scary Movie” back in 2000 and continuing to “The Starving Games” in 2013. more »

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM Reviews

Something Might Be Gaining On You

Many horror movies are simply morality plays. In fact, most of our stories, be they legend, fairy tale, myth, or fable, exist for more than mere entertainment. more »

Apr 1, 2015 5:14 PM Reviews

The World According to Film Comes to Us

The second year of the Chattanooga Film Festival is upon us and promises to shatter last year’s experiences with new films and more guests than was thought possible. more »

Mar 26, 2015 10:16 AM Cover Story

Chinese Karsts To An Unexpected Swim

Film festival season officially begins on March 20 with the Lookout Wild Film Festival. The long wait is finally over. After months of announcements and press releases, the LWFF launches into an entire weekend ... more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM Reviews

There And Back Again…Here

By the time this goes to print, I have no doubt that Chattanooga will be tittering with the Chattanooga Film Festival’s most recent announcement. more »

Mar 11, 2015 4:48 PM Reviews

Wild At Heart: Lookout Wild Returns For Year Three

There’s no doubt that film in Chattanooga is gaining traction as a focus of the Chattanooga arts scene. Each event, from the Chattanooga Film Festival to Mise En Scenesters to The Backlot ... more »

Mar 4, 2015 4:31 PM Reviews

The Devil Made Him Do It...?

The intervening months between Oscar season and summer blockbusters are the best times to catch up on smaller films from the previous years that either never made it to theaters here or, in some cases, never made it to theaters at all. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:57 PM Reviews

Joe Bob Briggs: Genius of Genre

Cult critic will be speaker at Chattanooga Film Festival, among others still TBA more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Reviews

Don’t Waste Your Time Traveling to This One

As I approach my thirty-third year on this Earth, it seems an interest in youth culture has finally passed me by. I suppose it’s inevitable, although I could argue that my participation in it was marginal at best even in my teens ... more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:42 PM Reviews

Driving Them Toward Their Dreams

There is a line between teaching and inspiration. Even the best learners cannot be truly taught, but merely directed. Sometimes it is the teacher’s job to point in the direction of the lesson and watch as students stumble ... more »

Feb 4, 2015 5:02 PM Reviews

Filmmakers, Start Your Engines For 54

​A sign of a thriving film community is the presence of a multitude of festivals, each with a different purpose. It seems that every year there is a new and exciting festival waiting to showcase Chattanooga talent. more »

Jan 29, 2015 9:50 AM Reviews

The Man Behind The Martyr

“Selma” is a film that was undoubtedly challenging to make. How do you make a film about a cultural touchstone, a figure both legendary and mythical, a martyr for a distinctly American cause ... more »

Jan 22, 2015 10:37 AM Reviews

Batter Up, Vintage Version

Baseball didn’t start with multi-million dollar contracts and $10 beer. As simple as that sounds, most sports fans don’t think about the roots of their favorite games. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:48 AM News, Views, Rants, Raves

A Moving Tribute to A Man Who Loved The Movies

I write because of Roger Ebert. He isn’t why I love movies. I loved them long before I read his column. But he is the reason I write. I discovered him as almost everyone did, though the Siskel and Ebert television show. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:23 AM Reviews

On The Trail of Self Discovery

A new year often reminds us of what we are not. Many times we start the year with false hopes only to end it with rumination on missed opportunity. more »

Jan 7, 2015 5:15 PM Reviews

Sing Out, Cinderella

"Into the Woods” is undoubtedly the best musical playing in theaters right now. It’s interesting that I can write that sentence, as I can’t remember any time in the previous five years in which there was ... more »

Dec 31, 2014 4:27 PM Reviews

Yelling “Fire” In A Crowded Theater?

Americans take our entertainment seriously. When “The Interview” was first announced, I rolled my eyes and sighed. I knew that it would dominate the news cycle for a while—cable news would endlessly debate the reactions ... more »

Dec 24, 2014 11:25 AM Reviews

Don’t Cry For Me, Celebrities

I have a hard time caring about the problems of the rich and famous. There are a not-insignificant number of movies focusing on the lives of the extremely fortunate and the difficulties faced by people that occupy the top ... more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM Reviews

Those Kind of Movies—Now’s Your Chance

Some weekends Hollywood takes a break. Or at least, Chattanooga’s theaters don’t bother to bring the films released to audiences in the Scenic City. more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM Screen