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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Cash Grab

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By Christopher Lawrence Sure, producers split the final “Harry Potter” novel into two movies. But that book weighed more than many healthy newborns. And the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” franchises followed suit. Because, hey, money! But carving the roughly 300 pages of “The Hobbit” into three movies — the first of which clocks in at…

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By Christopher Lawrence A bullet drifts from the barrel of Jackie Cogan’s (Brad Pitt) gun, ever-so-slowly puncturing the window of a neighboring car and sending glass shards dancing in midair where they’re eventually accompanied by a fine, red mist. The scene, which makes glorious use of the sort of slow motion usually reserved for televised…

Surprisingly fun ‘Lincoln’ Humanizes Honest Abe

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By Christopher Lawrence Tell audiences they’re about to see a 149-minute drama about the struggle to finesse the 13th Amendment through the House of Representatives, and all but the heartiest cinephiles — shortly after asking, “Wait, which one’s the 13th Amendment?” — would be scrambling for the exits. “Lincoln,” though, is a revelation. It’s no…

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Fayetteville History Alive ‘Among The Hills’ “It is a fallacious notion that a newspaper should or could be an isolated affair. Its life-blood should flow in the veins of the community in which it lives.” — Roberta Fulbright By Terrah Baker “Up Among The Hills,” (2012) the documentary film written and produced by Emmy award-winning…

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By Blake Wilkins I recently revisited Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut “Synedoche, New York” (2008). Kaufman is the mastermind screenwriter behind such works as “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and the brilliant “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” “Synecodoche,” probably the most underrated and least known of Kaufman’s works, is by far his most unique film, and…

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By Claire Ala Imagine being sentenced to 13 years in prison for a murder you didn’t commit. In Chan-Wook Park’s Lady Vengeance, the final installment of the Vengeance Trilogy, I was disappointed when watching Lee Geum-Ja’s 13-year imprisonment and plan against the man who framed her. I wasn’t impressed with Lady Vengeance because the story…