John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

I Am Not Your Negro is a film that I have no hope of understanding. I can experience it, in much the same way I can experience any film, by letting the themes and words and images wash over me. I can discuss it at length, adding my own ideas ... more

Feb 22, 2017 11:06 AM Reviews

When I reviewed The LEGO Movie in 2014, I called it a self-aware contradiction, a cynical yet high quality commercial for LEGOs that would make for a fascinating discussion piece in a media studies class. Without a doubt, the film was well made ... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM Reviews

When Count Olaf says, “In all honesty I prefer long-form television to the movies; it’s so much more convenient to consume entertainment from the comforts of your own home,” during an episode of Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate ... more

Feb 8, 2017 11:19 AM Reviews

Humans are a species of myth-makers and storytellers. Every society on Earth has created some supernatural tale stemming from their environments, tales that answer questions or give purpose, legends that teach lessons or offer warnings. more

Feb 1, 2017 10:26 AM Reviews

There’s a story told by market capitalists. It’s one about the importance of tenacity, about the necessity of bootstrapping, about the power of elbow grease. It’s a nice story, filled with fairy tales about American innovation and small town ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:18 AM Reviews

The beginning of a new year is 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 of the best events in the ... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:41 PM News & Notes

The last big Hollywood musical in recent memory was Moulin Rouge, a jukebox style production written and directed by the king of excess Baz Luhrman. It won two Oscars for costume ... more

Jan 11, 2017 11:08 AM Reviews

The time has come. After years of setbacks, including broken equipment, sound problems, frustrating criticism, and straight up thievery, the art house theater formally known as the Cine-Rama has found a permanent home. more

Jan 10, 2017 1:52 PM News & Notes

Everyone takes stock at the beginning of a new year. Successes and failures become focused, memories begin to fade into the collective of the past, and lessons ... more

Jan 4, 2017 11:14 AM Reviews

One of the benefits of the Cine-Rama, Chattanooga’s art house theater now on hiatus as they attempt to find more permanent housing, was that they brought somewhat unknown films to a wider Chattanooga ... more

Dec 28, 2016 11:37 AM Reviews

It’s been a year since J.J. Abrams restored the Star Wars franchise to its former glory. It’s been a year of losses. Nothing in 2016 has been encouraging. From wars in the Middle East to devastating ... more

Dec 21, 2016 11:19 AM Reviews

It’s the time of year for Christmas comedies, the time when Hollywood rolls out the same tired, formulaic traditions of hope, family togetherness, and pratfalls. Studios are all hoping to strike gold again with an ... more

Dec 14, 2016 11:33 AM Reviews

While Independence Day was my introduction to malevolent alien forces bent on committing human genocide to drain the Earth of her resources, it was Contact, a film based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same ... more

Dec 7, 2016 11:56 AM Reviews

Sometimes it seems as if Hollywood is caught in an endless loop. Every few months, the studios cycle through their lineup, a never ending batting order of comic book movies, young adult fantasy movies ... more

Nov 30, 2016 11:17 AM Reviews

n the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling, questions abound. The films tend to be light on answers, but then their purpose isn’t to provide enlightenment. As with all franchises, the films are simply a way to cash in on ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Reviews

There is no place in our society that better personifies the differences between economic and social classes than our schools. Education is meant to be egalitarian. Knowledge is the great equalizer. It is one ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Reviews

As the Marvel onslaught of box office domination continues, it has become obvious that the best of them exist outside the Avengers universe. 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a delightful ... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:49 PM Reviews

Indignation is a warning wrapped in a coming-of-age tale. The word means strong displeasure at the unjust, a righteous sort of anger, and the kind that is often celebrated today by the social justice warriors ... more

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM Reviews

It’s easy to think sometimes that art is a limited medium, or at the very least relegated to its own narrow focus. Composers write songs and perform concerts. Writers write books and hold signings. Musicians play in ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Reviews

The coming-of-age film is a time honored part of the American storytelling tradition. It’s part of our shared experience of growing up—the teenage alienation, the family drama, the loss of self, the discovery of ... more

Oct 19, 2016 1:48 PM Reviews

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