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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

There is something inherently unappealing about Los Angeles. It’s a city that has been shown over and over again in Hollywood films, a natural byproduct of being the hometown of ... more »

May 25, 2016 2:17 PM Reviews

Analyzing film is all about connections. Truth be told, connections are to be found in all types of art. The years we all spent listening to English teachers drone on about theme and symboll, about extended ... more »

May 18, 2016 11:09 AM Cover Story

As the universe expands, Marvel films are going to become increasingly unwieldy. The comic books are already so and have been for decades. That’s why there are periodic reboots, from the “Ultimate” series ... more »

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Reviews

Despite the insistence of certain presidential candidates towards the opposite, America is an immigrant story. The reasons behind hard work and sacrifice as enduring American values are tied directly to the inherent ... more »

May 4, 2016 12:31 PM Reviews

1967’s The Jungle Book has long been one of my favorite Disney films, second only to Sleeping Beauty for lack of a fire-breathing dragon. What it lacks in evil green fire, it more than makes up for with a particular ... more »

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM Reviews

The promise of eternal life has long been a selling point of most major religions. Be it the Christian idea of paradise in the everlasting presence of God, the promise of 72 virgins in certain Muslim ... more »

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM Reviews

One major benefit of the Chattanooga Film Festival is the inclusion of little-known quality films that can be found in the lineup. Each year, there are an assortment of strange, beautiful experiences that remind ... more »

Apr 13, 2016 2:02 PM Reviews

There is a certain pattern to most biopics about popular musicians. From Buddy Holly to Ray Charles, from Johnny Cash to Easy E and Ice Cube, they all start with humble roots. We see the musicians ... more »

Apr 6, 2016 11:56 AM Reviews

There will likely never be a fully satisfying portrayal of Batman. The character has been around for 77 years and written in a multitude of ways, changing subtly through each incarnation. There are consistent elements to the story ... more »

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM Reviews

There is no event in the Scenic City better than the Chattanooga Film Festival. That this is the third year is fairly impressive given how easy it would have been for the festival to fizzle after, if not during, year one. more »

Mar 23, 2016 10:45 AM Cover Story

It is easy to see how religious belief is a necessity to developing societies. Even in today’s world, where stability and long life are the norms rather than the exceptions, there is more than enough chaos and evil to strike ... more »

Mar 16, 2016 11:19 AM Reviews

This March appears to be the best time to be a film fan in Chattanooga. There are a slew of upcoming and exciting events in film, when as of late there have been few local events to attend. more »

Mar 9, 2016 12:10 PM Reviews

There’s no place like home. Chattanooga has long been a city in between. For a film fan, that generally means seeing the same five to ten movies on multiple screens through the city. Right now ... more »

Mar 2, 2016 9:43 AM Reviews 2 Comments

As February draws to a close, and winter appears to have passed Chattanooga by entirely, it’s time for a new dream of spring. The end of March promises not to go out like the traditional lamb as the ... more »

Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM Reviews

There is nothing quite like the school system to generate heated discussions. One of the benefits of compulsory public education is that it creates a shared experience for community members, one ... more »

Feb 17, 2016 10:41 AM Reviews

That there was a time when actors weren’t looked to as fonts of wisdom and understanding seems unbelievable now. As we dive headfirst into the silly season of American politics, Twitter ... more »

Feb 10, 2016 12:50 PM Reviews

"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

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

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

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