Film

Republican Gerald Benton is challenging Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton for North Carolina House District 18.  As the future of film in the state hangs in limbo, the two candidates differ in how they’d approach incentives.

Gerald Benton says film only benefits two counties in North Carolina: Mecklenburg and New Hanover.  If he were to push for the return of a tax incentive, he says he’d be indebted to the other 98 counties in the state:

Saturday, February 7th marks Wilmington’s 13th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival. DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to a have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.

Join us Monday, November 3 for a special screening event featuring a Q&A with filmmaker Ira Sachs. After the screening of his new film "Love is Strange," join us for an intimate Q&A with the filmmaker that all the critics are raving about. 

Midday Interview: Filmmaker Joseph Johnson-Cami

Sep 5, 2014
Alexa Doran

Filmmaker Joseph Johnson- Cami is in town to screen his two latest films: Line 9 (about the environmental impact of pipelines running through Alberta, Canada) and The Shift (an exploration of humans' disconnect from nature). They will be shown Tuesday night from 7-9 in the auditorium of King Hall at UNCW. The filmmaker will be there for a discussion and Q and A. For details visit UNCW.edu.  

In this witty follow-up to the 2010 film The Trip, director Michael Winterbottom reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a new culinary road trip. In this version, our heroes retrace the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy, all while indulging in sparkling banter and various impersonation-offs. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay of Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, cooking up a biting portrait of modern day masculinity. (Unrated, 1 hr 48 min)

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a priest who receives a death threat during confession and must find out who in his congregation is responsible before it's too late. Although he continues to comfort his daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister forces closing in. Will he have the courage to face his own personal Calvary? A brilliant performance by all, Calvary faces weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. (R, 1hr 40min)

Andrew Sleet

Some state legislators say they don’t see the positive economic impact of film in North Carolina.  Wilmington’s film community is coming together to show them the big picture.

Written and directed by legend Woody Allen, Magic in the Moonlight brings such talents as Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Antonia Clarke and Natasha Andrews together in a romantic comedy that is sure to enchant. Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's Magic In The Moonlight is about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.  (PG-13, 1hr 40 min) 

September 29-October 1, Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

Today's guest, film festival programmer Shona Thomson is with us all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Lucky us, Thomson is here for two weeks asartist-in-residence for the upcoming film festival, Cucalorus. In preparation for the much-beloved upcoming Cucalorus film festival, Thomson is here to tell us about two exciting events she has planned.

Cinematique Presents "The Grand Seduction"

Aug 5, 2014

When a small fishing village sets out in search of a local doctor in order to secure a business contract, they end up with big-city medicine man, Paul Lewis. The towns' citizens and government act in cohorts to get this unlikely addition to stay. (PG-13, 1h. 55 min)

Monday-Friday, August 25-29, 7 pm

Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall

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NC House Moves to Maintain Current Film Tax Rebate

Jul 31, 2014
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A film incentive grant program is included in the current budget compromise. But an amendment proposed by Republican Representative Ted Davis from New Hanover County would maintain the existing structure of the film tax rebate for one year. The proposal passed the House during Thursday's session by a wide margin.

Ted Davis’ amendment to Senate Bill 763 would extend the current tax rebates for one year, which would allow time for an independent study to be completed.

Follow Anna (later revealed to be Ida), a novitiate nun in 1960's Poland, as she enters on a painful, eye-opening journey into her family's past. Sent by the Mother Superior of her convent to visit her only living relative, Aunt Wanda, Anna uncovers the secrets of her family; secrets that are heavily shaded by the Holocaust and her family's ties to the Communist Party. Don't miss this critical favorite called the best film of the year by many. (PG-13, 1hr 20 min.)

August 18-20, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

A must-see sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt.Tthis film focuses on the aftermath of a failed global-warming experiment that ends up killing off most life on the planet. Survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. (R, 2hr 6 min.)

August 11-13, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.

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Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner invited us to a free screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC on 5/28/14 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium.  A discussion with environmental experts and activists followed the film. 

For more information, visit CapeFearRiverwatch.org

Cinematique Presents: The Lunchbox

May 15, 2014

Don't miss this touching portrait of friendship, a film being hailed as one of the best films of the year! Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. (PG, 1hr, 45min)
 

Don't miss this star-studded new film from Wes Anderson! The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Cinematique Presents: "Tim's Vermeer"

Apr 25, 2014

Don't miss this compelling, true drama for the art lover! Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Directed by the illusionist and magician Teller. (PG-13 1hr, 20min)

Cinematique Presents: "Le Week-End"

Apr 4, 2014

This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy drama about a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon to try to rekindle their past romance. Le Week-End stars Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Another Year) and Lindsay Duncan (About Time, Alice in Wonderland, Mansfield Park), both delivering exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a couple hoping the romance of a Parisian vacation can rekindle their relationship.

Don't miss this romantic romp through the streets of Paris. (R, 1hr, 30min)

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 Jude Eden and Peggy Pancoe Rosoff stopped by to speak with us about the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival being held this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Thalian Hall.  Full details available on their Facebook Page.

 

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Today I talked with Dan Brawley, Director of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and Cucalorus Film Festival.  They have a fundraiser coming up Sunday night from 7:30 to midnight at EUE Screen Gems called An Evening on the Red Carpet.  Tickets available at Cucalorus.org

 

Cinematique: "Enemy" (New Time, 7PM)

Feb 25, 2014

Nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards, well in advance of it's official release, Enemy is already dazzling international audiences. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, Brokeback Mountain) and directed by Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, is a sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller about a man who discovers an exact physical double of himself.

Cinematique: "Gloria" (New Time, 7PM)

Feb 25, 2014

Gloria, Chile's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults.

Cinematique: "The Past" (New Time, 7PM)

Feb 25, 2014

An official Selection at Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2013 and winner of Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) at Cannes, The Past is one of the season's best foreign films. Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize a divorce from his estranged wife Marie (Bejo) so she can marry her boyfriend (Tahar Rahim).

The Invisible Woman is the beautiful and compelling new film directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes with Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas. This multilayered portrait of Charles Dickens, his young mistress and the 19th century Victorian society in which they carried out their secret affair, is winning critical raves. (R, 1hr, 51min)

March 31- April 2, Monday-Wednesday, 7:00PM (NOTE TIME)
at Thalian Hall's Main Stage

WHQR Studios

 

Documentary filmmaker and producer Paula Haller describes all the great films that will be part of DocuTime 2014 this Saturday from 10 to 7 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium. 

Visit this website for full details!

Once again a dedicated community of documentary-lovers can experience sophisticated and inspiring entertainment from around the world. The 12th annual DocuTime film festival takes place at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium from 10:00am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.  Tickets are available at Sharky's Box Office at UNCW, online at etix.com or may be purchased at the door.

Nominated for six academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Nebraska is captivating audiences across the country.

Cinematique Presents: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Jan 17, 2014

Note: Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights Canceled Due to Weather, tickets honored for later showings

Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and, and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of real-life Texan Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. 

Cinematique Presents: "The Book Thief"

Dec 30, 2013

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl (Sophie Nélisse) sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) and a secret guest under the stairs (Ben Schnetzer), she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

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