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

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One of the stranger complaints levied against films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that they’re too jokey. To be fair, one of the original goals of the films was to move comic books out of the realm of camp and strike a more serious ... more

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For a significant amount of my childhood, it seems like karate was everywhere. On TV, I didn’t hear much about styles or historic martial arts. It was mostly just white guys (or mutant turtles) standing up to bullies or criminals by kicking them ... more

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There’s something about the Hollywood portrayal of early motherhood that’s always rubbed me the wrong way. It’s usually full of breathless optimism, of immediate love and devotion, of smiles and happiness and contentment. It’s also usually baby ... more

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It’s hard to believe that Marvel Studios has been building their cinematic universe for ten years now. The year Iron Man debuted Barack Obama was elected president. It was the year the housing market collapsed. The year some banks were labeled ... more

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When it comes to Hollywood, if you wait long enough for something, it will eventually happen. Everything has an audience somewhere. You can guarantee that in some small corner of the internet, there’s a hardcore fan base for Breakin’ 2: Electric ... more

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With the Chattanooga Film Festival finishing its fifth year as a wild success, Chattanooga has become a powerhouse for independent film in the South. However, the CFF isn’t the only film event in Chattanooga. There have been an increase of ... more

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There appear to be four major antagonists when it comes to popular horror—zombies, ghosts, demons, and serial killers. Almost all involve some variant on this theme. Some might even belong in multiple categories. Is Jason a serial killer or a ... more

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For the last five years, the Chattanooga Film Festival has been the best event the city has to offer. While the big events Riverbend continues to roll out of uninspired acts from twenty years ago occasionally please the masses, the CFF has ... more

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Life was better when I was eight. As I watch my own eight-year-old, I often get to see him enjoy a variety of things that an adult can’t always derive pleasure from. Eating macaroni and cheese for every meal three days in a row. Unabashedly ... more

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While some might argue differently, there has never been a good video game movie. Sure, there have been some watchable ones. Some are delightfully campy, with sparse moments of fun peppered throughout an otherwise banal story, but overall, these ... more

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There hasn’t been a true student film festival in Chattanooga in a while. In times past, the Broad Street Film Festival was the place to find student films from local colleges and high schools, but the festival all but vanished in recent years ... more

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Even over a year later, it’s frust-rating to hear Americans defend their vote for the current president. At the time, they knew nothing of Russian interference, of course. Some refused see through his blatant rhetoric or their misguided hatred of ... more

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There is no shortage of good ideas in Hollywood. There is a shortage of confidence in good ideas, an underestimation of audience intelligence, and cynical devotion to blockbuster numbers, but the good ideas remain. They don’t always get made into ... more

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It seems like every third movie I see now is somehow Disney related. This isn’t a surprise, really, given that the Mouse owns over 25 percent of the film industry in the U.S. But more than just that, Disney owns the most popular movie franchises ... more

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February features several things. Rodent weather prediction. An abundance of pink sentimentality. Quadrennial calendar corrections. Mattress sales. But for the last five years, it’s also brought Chattanooga a different sort of news. more

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With the return of Star Trek and The X-Files to television, 2018 is looking to be a good year for science fiction. On the big screen, we’ll soon see Natalie Portman in Annihilation and Spielberg’s Ready Player One (with a sure to be underwhelming ... more

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The Netflix documentary series Dirty Money is an exercise in frustration. There are six episodes, each one detailing a separate example of corruption from around the world. We all have a sense that the world is unfair, that it’s stacked in favor ... more

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Every year, Hollywood releases a good coming-of-age story. It’s a popular genre, one that has been rewritten over and over again, in a variety of ways. Last year, we saw The Edge of Seventeen. In 2015, there was Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl. Before ... more

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Given the political climate, it makes sense that The Post is being released now. Art is often a reflection of national consciousness. Our movies reveal what we, as a people, are thinking far more than most people realize. Right now, the news ... more

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It’s that time again. The beginning of a new year means the Lookout Wild Film Festival is just around the corner. For those unfamiliar with the festival, the LWFF is a celebration of wild places in the world, of outdoor sports and the extremes ... more

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