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SCREEN TIME: Cinema on tap Article
SCREEN TIME: Culture clash Article
SCREEN TIME: Time to go Article
SCREEN TIME: Mourning in ‘Wakanda’ Article
SCREEN TIME: ‘Breaking’s’ real-life tension holds audience captive Article
SCREEN TIME: Can A24 Save Cinema? Article
SCREEN TIME: To have and have not Article
SCREEN TIME: End of an era? Article
SCREEN TIME: A ‘Pizza’ with everything Article
SCREEN TIME: Radio Free Georgia Article
SCREEN TIME: Riders on the tweetstorm Article
SCREEN TIME: ‘Bad Trip,’ Good Samaritans Article
SCREEN TIME: Oscars® still so white? Article
SCREENTIME: Holiday markdowns Article
Screen Time: When everything is television Article
Pop Smart - Holiday Guide "07: Value added! Article
If you've got a copy of this week's print edition of Creative Loafing, you'll notice a tidy little Holiday Guide "themed" issue that includes our cover package as well as related items in our Vibes, Flicks, Arts and Food & Drink sections. Please enjoy!
But for all you hip, savvy readers online, there's lagniappe aplenty, including expanded versions of the top five events of the season in...| more...
Omnivore - CL (weirdly) lays off Besha Rodell Article
Campy White Zombie harks back to pre-Romero living dead (1) Article
image-1Zombies have become so popular that the corridors of our pop culture resound with ravenous moans for “Braaaiinns!” White Zombie, screening Saturday at the Plaza Theatre’s Silver Scream Spook Show, offers a kitschy reminder that the living dead weren’t always the decomposing cannibals of George Romero.
Follow the trail of body parts back a few decades, and...| more...
Crude examines the 'Amazon Chernobyl' (1) Article
In the documentary Crude, Brothers Keeper director Joe Berlinger presents a courtroom drama that never takes place in a courtroom. The grim but engrossing film recounts the tactics and history of a civil lawsuit filed by thousands of native Ecuadoreans who allege that Texaco (now Chevron) polluted vast areas of the rain forest with oil, leading to contaminated drinking water and...| more...
Damned United and An Education pit youthful smarts against English establishment (1) Article
The establishment seems more firmly established in England than anywhere else. Two terrific new British films depict prodigiously intelligent characters who challenge entrenched English institutions and nearly outsmart themselves along the way. The protagonists of the soccer movie The Damned United and the coming-of-age romance An Education fit in the rebellious, angry young man...| more...
Family goes to extremes to alleviate autism in The Horse Boy (1) Article
Medical narratives often depict ordinary people who turn to alternative healing methods when traditional Western health care fails. Seldom can you find families that go to the lengths of Rupert Isaacson and Kristen Neff, who traveled from Austin, Texas, to the steppes of Mongolia with the hopes of improving their son Rowan’s autistic condition.
Narrating the documentary...| more...
Five Minutes of Heaven goes mano a mano with Northern Ireland conflict (1) Article
Even if you’ve never heard the name Oliver Hirschbiegel, there’s a strong chance you’ve seen his work. The German filmmaker directed Downfall, the superb 2004 drama about the Third Reich's final days. Last year, a clip of Bruno Ganz’s Hitler chewing out his underlings became a YouTube hit when an online prankster rewrote the subtitles so the scene depicted...| more...
Good Hair gets to roots of black community's image issues (1) Article
I learned more from Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair than I did from all the other films and plays I’ve seen about African-American beauty parlors and barbershops put together. As a white guy with straight hair (and seemingly less of it every day), subjects like weaves and relaxers tend to be terra incognita. Even black audiences might view African-American hairstyle issues...| more...
Grim Precious treasures passionate actresses (1) Article
Though only 17 years old, Clareece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) suffers enough misfortunes for several Greek tragedies remounted in 1987 Harlem. Precious’ title character endures obesity, illiteracy, a baby with Down syndrome and a sociopathically hostile, selfish mother (Mo’Nique) — and those are just the preliminaries. When Precious gets warmed up,...| more...
Horror throwback The House of the Devil thrills and chills (1) Article
Jonze and Eggers' Sendak adaptation proves Wild at heart (1) Article
New York, I Love You, you suck (1) Article
Paranormal Activity projects Blair Witch-style chills (1) Article
A decade after filling America with pants-wetting fear, The Blair Witch Project still haunts Hollywood. Filmmakers emulate its faux-documentary, first-person narrative style, while studios seek the next no-budget horror flick that can become a $100 million word-of-mouth hit. Paramount Pictures bets that Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity will similarly set pulses and bladders...| more...
Sandra Bullock Blind Sides Atlanta (1) Article
The prologue to the warm-n-fuzzy sports story The Blind Side plays so well, it’s like seeing a team return an opening kickoff to score a touchdown. A Southern-accented Sandra Bullock narrates an insider’s perspective on the five fateful seconds that cost the Washington Redskins’ Joe Theismann his career. Michael Lewis’ book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game...| more...