On Screen

What The Singles Are Watching This Season.

By: Jillian Lombardo   I do not know your plans for this Valentine’s season, but I plan on being in bed with my cat and a tall glass of red wine. Accompanying me is a stack of DVDs I plan to watch to get me through this wretched season. I am kidding – I do not own DVDs.  Luckily, most of these movies are free on either Hulu, Prime Video or Netflix. Whether you’re looking for a good break-up movie, a realistic depiction of the darker sides of love, or a reminder to hang out with your girlfriends, these movies …

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‘Not Your Mothers’ Mean Girls Review

‘Not Your Mothers’ Mean Girls Review Words by Mallory Pace   I went into the new “Mean Girls” movie (a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on the non-musical original film) with an open heart and mind. As someone who has seen “Mean Girls” (2004) a dozen times, while also being part of the generation this newest Mean Girls film is supposed to appeal to, I have certain mixed feelings. However, I’ll preface— I did love it. I will say that I personally love musical theater, showtunes, singing, dancing, all that jazz, and I think that contributes to …

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“Renaissance: The Film”

  Words by Kelila Ritchie   “Renaissance.” The word we keep seeing, thanks to Beyoncé. The tour that single handedly brought silver and chrome back to life. The album that gave birth to a completely different understanding of what love and unity could look like. This was an album created to get the people moving after such a stagnant point in all of our lives during COVID. The impact of this tour left concert goers feeling more than liberated, unique, one of one, number one. For those who could not make it (or if you’re like me and went to …

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January Film Review

Words by Harry Moore Wonka The early years of Roald Dahl’s whimsical chocolatier are brought to life in this sweet musical from “Paddington” director Paul King. Timothée Chalamet stars as Willy Wonka, a wide-eyed young man with a love for chocolate and a dream to share his delicious creations with the world. He, unfortunately, finds out that the sweets industry is run by a cabal of greedy and corrupt businessmen (played by Patterson Joseph, Matt Lucas and Matthew Baynton) known as the Chocolate Cartel who bribe the chief of police (Keegan Michael Key) to prevent any upcoming chocolatiers from growing …

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Ally Shawver: Big City, Bigger Dreams

  Kelila Ritchie    As a Jacksonville native, it is always really cool to see people who come from the same city as you doing something amazing. That “amazing” can be people who serve as neighborhood heroes or people who are simply following their dreams. This is the case for Ally Shawver, an actress born and raised in Jacksonville coming soon to the big screens near you!    Shawver grew up surfing in Jacksonville Beach and performing in plays at her school theater. Following your dreams, unapologetically can be scary but when the reward outweighs the risk, you take the …

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2023 Films in Review

Words by Harry Moore When it comes to film, 2023 will likely be remembered as a year marred with strikes and big-budget bombs. Hollywood has begun to reckon with an existential crisis that has been brewing since Silicon Valley came to town with streaming hobbling theaters and proving to not be a financially viable alternative to good old-fashioned ticket sales. Add in a depressed box office that has struggled to return to former heights following the pandemic, a rapidly grown cultural fatigue of superhero films — once one of the few guaranteed successes on the multiplex calendar — and you …

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Naked and Not-So Afraid 

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez   “I was like, my God, what am I doing? What choices could I have made better? You know?”   Picture this: It’s 2013, and Jacksonville native Frank Eytcheson takes up his favorite spot on the couch and reaches for the remote. Surfing through the endless channels, he ends up on Discovery Channel for the world premiere of “Naked and Afraid,” a reality TV show in which male and female contestants challenge their survival abilities in nature — while in the buff. After watching the first 20 minutes, the only thing he could …

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FILM REVIEW

Words by Harry Moore “Killers of the Flower Moon” Martin Scorsese’s majestic epic is a soulful chronicle of one of America’s many great untold tragedies that works as a cumulative work from the masterful filmmaker as he reaches the twilight of his life and career. Based on David Grann’s acclaimed true crime book of the same name, “Killers of the Flower” takes place in Oklahoma during the 1920s when people in the Osage Nation struck oil on their land, bringing in great wealth, which was soon followed by greed, betrayal and death from those outside of their community as a …

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Film Reviews

Words by Harry Moore “The Equalizer 3”          Between Keanu Reeves and Liam Neeson, the middle-aged action hero has become all the rage over the past 15 years or so — and what better actor is there to take on an aging badass part than Denzel Washington? The third outing of “The Equalizer” finds the former CIA assassin Robert McCall (Washington), recuperating in an Italian seaside town after being injured in an altercation with drug smugglers. As he heals, he grows fond of the townspeople as they embrace him into their community. He soon learns that the town is being …

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Discovering the Soul of SoulHood Saga

Words by Su Ertekin-Taner The SoulHood Saga officially wrapped this May 27 when the final installment of the six-part series premiered at the Regal Avenues. The saga originally followed the independent filmmaking crew Rick, DJ, Tony and Pat, as they dream cinematically big in a relatively small film arena, Jacksonville. This May, however, the series finished with an epic action film in which a newfound crew — Luke, Lee, Rick and DJ — begin and finish a war against their enemy, Troy Hills. While the Jacksonville-shot film series of technicolor twists and cinematic climaxes has come to an end, a …

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