John DeVore

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 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

Stretching Out the Hunger Starves Ideas

It’s important to consider audience when viewing a film. “The Hunger Games” franchise is based on a highly popular series of young adult novels and the films closely follow the source material in the development of its themes. more »

Dec 4, 2014 10:44 AM Reviews

The Story Behind The Story

Real evil is so much more boring than fictional evil. In fact, most evil in this world can be categorized as simple ignorance and dissatisfaction rather than a desire for oppression and wanton destruction. more »

Nov 26, 2014 4:48 PM Reviews

The Birdman of Broadway

The lives of actors and their love of theater tends to be relatively common story in Hollywood. Screenwriters live in that world, occupying a profession where everything is riding on one idea, or one presentation, or one last shot. more »

Nov 20, 2014 9:58 AM Reviews

Great Fiction, Mediocre Science

Good science fiction always asks complicated questions. The high-water mark of the genre is its willingness to confuse and obfuscate in the name of narrative integrity, rather than compromising the subject’s complexity ... more »

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Loving The Man Inside The Cell

There’s a long list of things I’ll never truly understand. Some are truly complicated, like American foreign policy or the derivatives market on Wall Street. Others are simply outside of my own sociological background ... more »

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Day of the Dead, Ninos-Style

Whenever Guillermo del Toro is involved in a film, you know that it will feature visuals that can’t be matched elsewhere. Pixar has dominated the animated feature category in recent years for good reason ... more »

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

The Media Is the Murderer

I am late to the party when it comes to reviewing David Fincher’s latest thriller “Gone Girl.” Although the wide release only occurred a few weeks ago, the buzz surrounding the film had been building for months ... more »

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews