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In <i>The Disaster Artist</i>, James Franco Does a Suspiciously Good Impression of a Bad Artist, but the Point Eludes Us

In The Disaster Artist, James Franco Does a Suspiciously Good Impression of a Bad Artist, but the Point Eludes Us

Franco's tribute to the making of a famously bad film, The Room, opens locally on Friday, Dec. 8.

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Movie Review: For Better and Worse, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water Is a Beautiful Children’s Movie for Adults

Arts Despite its big, tender heart, the movie often relies too heavily on archetypal figures of good and evil.

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In The Disaster Artist, James Franco Does a Suspiciously Good Impression of a Bad Artist, but the Point Eludes Us

Film Review Franco's tribute to the making of a famously bad film, The Room, opens locally on Friday, Dec. 8.

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Novitiate Is a Quietly Stunning Historical Drama About Nuns Trying to Keep the Faith Against Encroaching Modernity

Film Review Writer-director Maggie Betts’s film opens Friday, Nov. 24.

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The Chelsea, Chapel Hill's Last Old School Art Cinema, Might Close at Year's End

Film Beat “With only a handful of months [left on the lease], we must make some serious choices about the future of the Chelsea Theater.”

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The Day of the Dead-Themed Coco Has One of Pixar's Richest Fantasy Worlds and Weakest Stories

Film Review This increasingly rare thing, a non-sequel from Disney-owned Pixar, opens Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Dickens and His Characters All Come to Life in the Pleasant Holiday Surprise The Man Who Invented Christmas

Film Review This heartfelt, clever British import opens Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Movie Review: Justice League's Concoction of Snyder's Bombast and Whedon's Wit Actually Kind of Works

Arts The DC Extended Universe's solo heroes finally come together in an uneven but better-than-BvS blockbuster with Wonder Woman front and center.

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Movie Review: Lady Bird, a Winning First Film from Greta Gerwig, Is Alert to Class but Falters on Race

Arts Gerwig's debut as a writer-director is surefooted and smart, but the question of who is cast in the film’s soft, flattering nostalgia and who isn't should not be swept under the rug.

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The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

Arts But there is hope—the Regulator was able to line up new owners as its founders plan to retire, so why not the Chelsea?

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Movie Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin Is Too Squishy to Bear

Arts Too much honey and a soundtrack that insults human intelligence weigh down this Winnie the Pooh origin story.

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Movie Review: In Thor: Ragnarok, a Stodgy Franchise Springs to Life with Demigods Delightfully Out of Their Element

Arts The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ongoing turn toward more irreverent fare results in one of its breeziest, best movies yet.

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In The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster's Creator Coolly Proffers More Profoundly Upsetting Things You Can't Look Away From

Film Spotlight This explosive new enigma from Yorgos Lanthimos opens Friday, Nov. 3.

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North Carolina Filmmaker Debuts a Harrowing Film of the Real-Life Handmaid's Tale in Chapel Hill

News The searing documentary Birthright: A War Story highlights the collateral damage of the decades-long war on abortion.

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In The Florida Project, the Writer-Director of Tangerine Keeps Chasing Sparks of Vitality on Society's Margins

Film Review Sean Baker's latest film opens on Friday, Oct. 27.

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Movie Review: Less a Whodunit Than a “Who Cares,” The Snowman Is Truly Abominable

Arts “You can’t force the pieces to fit,” detective Harry Hole says of his case, the irony dripping off the screen.

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