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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

Living In A Room Without A View

"Room” is a story about perspective. It is about moving from a small world into a large universe and the jarring effect this expansion has on our sense of self. The film is an allegory for change, albeit an especially painful and disturbing ... more »

Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM Reviews

Misery in The Great White North

There are discussions to be had about the nature of film. As a visual art form, does the filmmaker have a responsibility to tell a cohesive, impactful story? Or should film exist on its own, as a celebration of visual style ... more »

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Reviews

Getting Big With Unlikable Gamblers

It is generally agreed that the 2008 financial crisis was caused in large part by Wall Street gamblers who robbed the U.S. taxpayer only to be bailed out by the U.S. government. This has been the thesis ... more »

Jan 20, 2016 12:03 PM Reviews

Searching For Truth In America's Heartland

Every town has that family. They are the family that seems to live in a self-inflicted poverty of ruin and rust, of ignorance and ignobility, of disagreeable temper and distrust. They are the family that has too many children ... more »

Jan 13, 2016 2:52 PM Reviews

Looking Out For The Wild Side

The beginning of a new year has become an exciting time for film fans in Chattanooga. Finally, the Scenic City has a film festival season, a time when there is an abundance of film news and press releases all leading to some ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Reviews

Life, Dreams, Wealth…And A Whole Lot Of Luck

Money is the most American god, worshiped by the American people. Without it, it seems, there can be no success, no real living, only survival and subsistence in mediocrity. Americans must always be striving toward ... more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM Reviews

May The Force Be With You...Again

There is no way to write about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with any depth. Due to a marketing blitzkrieg on a scale never before seen, it was nearly impossible for the film to be anything other than a success. more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Reviews

A Salty Sailor’s Tale Comes to Life

In the beginning chapter of “Moby Dick,” Melville discusses the call of the sea on all young men. “Why,” he asks, “did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate ... more »

Dec 16, 2015 1:21 PM Reviews

Merry Christmas And Buh-Bye

A popular topic of conversation among people who don’t have children is just “how terrible the children are today.” Years ago, apparently, children were angels who did what their parents said all the time and ... more »

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM Reviews

Always Keep Moving Forward

We live in a world of underdogs. It is a world of our own creation, one where every sideways glance, every misstep, every setback is placed at the feet of some invisible oppressor. more »

Dec 2, 2015 1:34 PM Reviews

Shifty Private Eye—Who’s Also A Superhero

One of the more interesting parts of the ever-expanding Marvel Universe is the distance between the characters. While Tony Stark sits atop an ivory tower of inherited wealth and prestige, claiming to ... more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:10 PM Reviews

The Heroines on the Barricades

In an address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, IL in 1838, Abraham Lincoln said, “Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution ... more »

Nov 18, 2015 12:12 PM Reviews

Shaken...But Not Stirring

When Moneypenny tells Bond in “Spectre” that she knows he “has a secret, something [he] won’t tell anyone,” the tone for the rest of the film is set. There will be no depth to the story or complex themes to be found. more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:43 PM Reviews

They’re Dead, They’re Evil and That’s Just Perfect

It’s a shame that Bruce Campbell isn’t better known. Obviously, among a certain group of film fans, he’s an absolutely legend. But for most, he’s another “that guy”—just a random character ... more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:52 PM Reviews

The Six-Year-Old’s Halloween Tale

I know a six year old who has no patience for the talking parts of movies. He cannot abide the character interpretations of actors, has no appreciation for scenery chewing, and does not have an interest ... more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:47 PM Reviews

Whispering A Gothic Tale In Your Dreams

The difference between Gothic and horror stories is found in the stylistic treatment of the theme. A horror story is meant to shock in a powerful, visceral sense. It tears at the senses, stops the heart, and ... more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Reviews 1 Comments

I Wanted “Malala” And Ended Up With “Deathgasm”

I went to the movies this past weekend hoping to be inspired. There are several theaters in the Chattanooga area and only one of them was playing “He Named Me Malala,” the documentary about the ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:57 PM Reviews

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to the Majestic…

October is a month of promise. Even when you’re older, and wandering the neighborhood in a mask asking for handouts in exchange for not vandalizing property is largely frowned ... more »

Oct 7, 2015 11:52 AM Reviews

What Big Teeth You Have, Grandma

I was never blessed with grandparents. I have vague memories of my grandfather on my father’s side, but I was very young when he passed. I did not get a chance to meet my mother’s parents. more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Reviews

The Monster Living Next Door

The identities of American gangsters have shifted in recent years. It’s no surprise that Martin Scorcese’s latest crime-inspired film wasn’t about back alleyway shakedowns, but white collar short selling and excess greed. more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:31 PM Reviews