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From the Back Row: Go See ‘Life Itself’ at Belcourt Theatre

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Roger Ebert and his longtime print competitor/TV co-host Gene Siskel were often accused of reducing film critique to thumbs up or down. That view of their TV opinions was ultimately ridiculous given the mountains of words they put together in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune regarding good, bad and mediocre cinema. Does that mean they were […]

Film Review: Tedious ‘Third Person’ Focuses on the Self-Absorbed

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Writer-Director Paul Haggis’ Third Person provides the umpteenth example of why success in art, no matter who’s involved, is never a sure thing. The gifted man behind Crash and In the Valley of Elah is back with a film full of fine actors where three stories “of love, passion, trust and betrayal” (to quote the […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

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It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Film Review: A Funny and Compassionate ‘Obvious Child’

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When I first heard someone talking about writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s new feature Obvious Child I wasn’t sure what to think – a romantic comedy entwined with the subject of abortion? No matter what one’s stance on that hot-button topic, I’m confident I’m not the only one who was wondering how – or if – that […]

Born From the Bomb: Sixty Years of Godzilla, ‘King of the Monsters’

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Continuing his six-decade reign of rampage and destruction, Japan’s largest export returns to the screen this weekend to show us why he remains “The King of the Monsters.” Not just any old reptile could sustain sixty years of films, television shows and video games. Even the “zilla” affix has become a part of our everyday […]

Film Review: Loyalty and Friendship in Gentle ‘Ernest & Celestine’

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Ernest and Celestine packs a potent message about loyalty and friendship into its soft-pastel look. The Oscar-nominated and Cesar-winning film from the creative team behind Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells is overall a gentle (though entertaining and at times quite boisterous) tale that is certainly geared for children but can be appreciated for its artistic value and thoughtful story […]

Pictorial: Red Carpet for Nashville ‘Fault in our Stars’ Film Preview

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“The Fault in our Stars,” the beloved bestselling novel by John Green, comes to the big screen June 6. In celebration of the film’s upcoming release, 20th Century Fox and Tumblr created the “Demand Our Stars” viral contest for fans to “demand the stars” of the movie visit their state. With more than 185,000 Tennessee teens successfully voting, […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

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(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure GivingMatters.com form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Film Review: Absolutism’s Destructive Power in ‘As It Is in Heaven’

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“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 “For the wisdom of this […]

All-Time Records Fall as 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival Ends

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The movies ended and the lights came up Saturday night on a Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) where ticket sales were up 30 percent and attendence was up more than 40 percent from last year, according to organizers. NaFF celebrated its 45th anniversary by expanding to 10 days and two locations. For the first time ever, the festival […]

‘The Identical’, ‘Glen Campbell…’, ‘Noble’ & ‘Film About Kids…’ are 2014 NaFF Audience Favorites

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Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2014 announced the Freedom to Choose Southwest Airlines Audience Awards tonight at the Closing Night Party of its 45th annual festival. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, The Identical, Noble, and A Film About Kids & Music took home the audience voted awards. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me also received this year’s Gibson Music City/Music Films Grand Jury Prize. […]

NaFF Announces Festival’s First Annual Screenwriting Honors

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The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the winners of its First Annual Screenwriter Awards today at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. In the first year of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriters Competition, the organization garnered over 1,500 entries. NaFF Screenwriting Manager Michael Wood says, “In our first year hosting this competition, we read so many […]

‘Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me’, ‘Club Sandwich’, ‘Before I Disappear’, ‘BESA: The Promise’ Among 2014 NaFF Competitive Winners

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Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2014 announced its 45th Annual Competition Award Winners Thursday, including Grand Jury Award Winners Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, Club Sandwich, Before I Disappear, and BESA: The Promise, among other notable films.  The Ballad of Shovels and Rope received this year’s Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature on Wednesday. Gibson Music City/Music Films Award  Grand Jury Prize: […]

Film Review: Ambitious Genius and a Touch of (Delightful) Madness in ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

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“What if (director) had made (film)?” is a favorite game for movie lovers. What if Stanley Kubrick had made Napoleon? What if David Lean had made Nostromo? What if Terry Gilliam had made Don Quixote (wait, he still may)? One of the more intriguing what-ifs concerns Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who came to be known […]

‘Shovels & Rope’ and ‘Lower Broads’ Among TN NaFF Winners

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  The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the winners of the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Awards and the Tennessee Horizon Audience Awards tonight at NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame Park in Downtown Nashville. The Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Awards were presented by Bob Jackson, owner of Ground Zero.  The Tennessee Horizon Awards were presented in […]

Film Review: Captivating and Suspenseful ‘Closer to God’ Cuts to the Marrow

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“‘When younger…I believed myself destined for some great enterprise. My feelings are profound, but I possessed a coolness of judgment that fitted me for illustrious achievements. This sentiment of the worth of my nature supported me when others would have been oppressed, for I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents […]

‘The Identical’ Kicks Off 10-Day 2014 Nashville Film Festival Today

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The world premiere of a film shot here in 2012 opens the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today. The expanded festival runs through April 26. The Identical, an appealing family drama about musically-gifted separated twins with a cast that features Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano and newcomer Blake Rayne in the leading […]

‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’ and ‘The Lunchbox’ Come to Nashville

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Two exclusive-run films open in Nashville Friday, one at Belcourt Theatre and the other at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX. The first is a candid look at a Broadway legend while the second is about two people seeking to free themselves from lonely lives. Both are gems that shouldn’t be missed while they’re here. Elaine […]

Pictorial: ‘Secret Handshake’ Films at Lipscomb University

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The Secret Handshake is filming in and around Nashville. Lipscomb University is one of the movie’s locations, and ArtsNash as well as other press representatives (like Super Talk 99.7 WTN’s Phil Valentine, who is in the film) were invited to meet cast and crew and catch a glimpse of them working on the new feature. Kevin […]

Film Review: Process & Product, Art & Science in ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

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How did seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer paint with such accuracy that his works look more like exquisite photographs on canvas? And if he developed a device that enabled him to capture light and color with clarity not discernible by the naked eye, does that lessen his standing as a great artist and possibly make […]