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“The Living Room of Jacksonville”: Residents Rage Against Sale of Five Points Theater

Words by Mallory Pace Since 2011, the Sun-Ray Cinema has been a landmark spot for what’s widely considered the last of historic movie theaters, bringing in residents from all corners and outskirts of Riverside, providing a feeling of nostalgia for when times were simpler, people were friendlier, and movie concessions were cheaper. Before it was Sun-Ray, it was a conglomerate

July 2024 Film Reviews

INSIDE OUT 2 Pixar’s “Inside Out” explored our feelings by taking us inside the mind of a young girl named Riley where we see the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust working together in a control room to guide her through life’s ups and downs. The sequel picks

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

September 18, 2009
by Rick Grant, Commentary Based on the beloved children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this animated 3D feature includes the authors’ subtle life lessons while delivering fantastic food from the sky. The cuisine is a miracle of Flint Lockwood’s (Bill Hader) bizarre invention. It converts water form the clouds

September Movies

September 9, 2009
NOW SHOWING INGLORIOUS BASTERDS In the first year of the German occupation of France, lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. The group is later known to their enemy as “the basterds.” Also starring: Eli Roth, Mike Myers,

September Special Movie Showings

September 9, 2009
photo – Sterling Poole Sept 2: Experience a Night of Independent Film Two new films, both directed by local filmmaker J.L. Jarvis, will premiere in the new, state of the art student union theater on the UNF campus. The short documentary, WAITING FOR SAMUEL BECKETT, and the feature film, FOCAL


August 26, 2009
by Rick GrantGrade: B / Rated PG / 89 min Robert Rodriguez has a knack for creating innovative kids’ films. He seems to have made this genre his specialty. As writer/director/producer/composer, Rodriguez created a delightful child’s fantasy with Shorts. The story revolves around a special rainbow rock, which, like a

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

August 11, 2009
by Rick GrantGrade: C / Rated PG-13 / 118 min Part James Bond part Star Wars underwater, this flashy overblown comic book fantasy features the latest future CGI effects with lame dialogue. Aimed at 12 to 15 year old boys, the script is laughable, but the action is non-stop with


August 11, 2009
photo: Kyle Dean Reinford by Rick GrantGrade: B / Rated PG / 111 Today, every teenager in America dreams of being a rock star. It’s a right of passage to start a band in the garage. Millions of ear bleeding rockers of varying degrees of talent unleash their style of

The Girlfriend Experience

August 8, 2009
by Erin Thursby If your taste for the cinema runs toward less mainstream fare, you might want to check out The Girlfriend Experience at the 5 Points Theatre. The movie follows a high-class call girl as she navigating a balance between her boyfriend and her job. While she markets herself,

The Hurt Locker

August 8, 2009
by Rick Grant Grade: A / Rated R / 131 min War is hell, but for Army Specialist Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner) war is a drug-an addictive adrenaline rush. James is a master bomb expert. He knows every detail of defusing bombs. He enjoys getting inside the mind

dust off the red carpet

August 6, 2009
by jack diablo If you’re new to town like me, you may not be aware that Jacksonville was once home to a booming film industry. Before Hollywood established itself as the world headquarters of cinema, filmmakers migrated to the First Coast to have a place to shoot during those frigid

August Movies

August 6, 2009
NOW SHOWING G-FORCE Armed with the latest in high-tech spy equipment, a covert team of highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-FORCE are guinea pigs Darwin, the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster, an outrageous
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