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John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Reflection has been a preoccupation for a majority of the country in the days since the 2016 election. Article after article, panel after panel, people have discussed the outcome in hushed tones, united in concern for the events that transpired ... more

May 24, 2017 11:17 AM Reviews

While summer traditionally marks the beginning of blockbuster season for Hollywood, it also has come to mark something similar for television. It’s not just any television, though. Nothing as clumsy and random as a new sitcom. No, it seems late ... more

May 17, 2017 11:41 AM Reviews

The first days of summer are quickly approaching and all the signs are in place for the changing of the season. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and Marvel is releasing its first big budget movie of the year. This year ... more

May 10, 2017 12:04 PM Reviews

For whatever reason, sales of “1984”—the classic dystopian novel by George Orwell—skyrocketed after the election of our current president. It might be due to the new administration’s penchant for creating alternate realities during press ... more

May 3, 2017 11:51 AM Reviews

When Joseph Conrad published “Heart of Darkness” in 1899, he effectively described the motivations and danger of British imperialism in the uncharted wild places of the modern world. It’s one of the world’s most studied novellas, an inspiration ... more

Apr 26, 2017 11:56 AM Reviews

My life changed in a variety of ways when I was thirteen or fourteen. My parents had built a house away from the neighborhood where I grew up. I moved away from my friends, to a different part of town, and for the first time in my life, I ... more

Apr 19, 2017 1:29 PM Reviews

A haunted house story always seems to have the same elements. There’s the initial contact—moving items, rearranged furniture, bumps in the night, etc. There’s the escalation—true hauntings happen here, with ghostly attacks, jump scares ... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:22 PM Reviews

As always, the Chattanooga Film Festival is kicking off this weekend with a truly exceptional film, Dave Made a Maze, which is sure to set the tone for the entire event (the director says he aimed for “the four Gs: Goonies, Gondry, Gilliam, and ... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:21 PM Reviews

It’s year four of the Chattanooga Film Festival and it’s a shaping up to be another exceptional celebration of cinema for film fans around the region. In its relatively short existence, the festival has grown to become the best event of the year ... more

Mar 29, 2017 4:25 PM Cover Story

The second wave of the upcoming Chattanooga Film Festival has been announced and it’s a cavalcade of interesting films accompanied by specials guests of all sorts. As always, there will be a variety of talented filmmakers and industry ... more

Mar 15, 2017 11:12 AM Reviews

It’s almost time again for the best event in Chattanooga. April 6–9 will once again feature the Chattanooga Film Festival—four days packed with great films and events rarely seen in this part of the country. While Chattanooga has proven that it ... more

Mar 8, 2017 11:46 AM Reviews

One of the central images in Ava DuVernay’s 13th comes from the seminal 1915 Civil War film The Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith. An overwhelmingly racist production that casts the Ku Klux Klan as heroes, The Birth of a Nation is also ... more

Mar 1, 2017 11:16 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

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