12 years a slave

Movies: 12 Years a Slave, Huge Oscar Contender

12 years a slave

Cary, NC- 12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Soloman Northup, a free black man from upstate New York in the 1840’s who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Read more

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Movie Review: Thor – The Dark World

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Cary, NC – Thor: The Dark World is the latest entry in the ongoing marvel cinematic universe that ties Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk (and soon to be a lot more) all together. Read more

the counselor movie

Movie Review: The Counselor Fails to Satisfy

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Cary, NC — With talent like Michael Fassbender (Shame, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien) you would think The Counselor would easily rate as a first class thriller. Somehow though, the end result is something quite bizarre and ultimately unsatisfying. Read more

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Movies: Linsanity Coming to Morrisville

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Morrisville, NC — For one night only, Linsanity is coming to Park Place in Morrisville on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Get tickets now.

The Linsanity Story

Linsanity tells the story of Jeremy Lin, a third-string player for the New York Knicks who lit up the NBA over the course of a dazzling month in late winter of 2012.

It’s a great sports story and, most remarkably, all true. In January, Lin was sleeping on a relative’s couch. In February, he was going toe-to-toe with 15-time All-Star Kobe Bryant and sending the Lakers home in defeat.

But there was more. Lin was a graduate of Harvard. The last guy from Harvard to play in the NBA was Ed Smith in 1954, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

And, Lin is Chinese-American. Basketball has become big business in China, with elite players like Yao Ming making the jump to the NBA. But Chinese-Americans? Not so much. Lin’s success was avidly followed in China and across Chinese ex-pat communities.

As a Knicks fan, I was all over Linsanity from the very beginning. But it quickly spread like a wave across the U.S. and around the world.

What was Jeremy Lin’s game like during that period? Electrifying, crazy, sometimes sloppy. He’d dive to the hole, hit an impossible three and then turn it over. But his energy and passion lifted an injured team to a string of remarkable victories.

A cartoon by my friend Joe Petruccio that appeared on KnicksNow captured the spirit of the moment.

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Soon enough, the stars came back, Lin got his own injury and he was traded to the Houston Rockets after the 2012 season. The Rockets have been in rebuild mode, adding James Hardin at shooting guard and, most recently, Dwight Howard at center. If the Rockets can pull together around their own “Big Three,” we might see Jeremy Lin on ESPN again in 2013-2014.

In the meantime, go see Linsanity on October 24 if you like a good sports underdog story. It’s an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

I’ll be there, wearing my Knick shirt.

Trailer

Get a taste for Linsanity with this trailer or see it on YouTube.

Event Details

Linsanity
Carmike Park Place
Morrisville, NC

Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:03 pm

Get tickets

captain phillips

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

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Cary, NC – Well, it’s certainly been a good couple of weeks to go to the movies. Prisoners, Rush and Gravity all proved to be great options for your movie-going pleasure, and Captain Phillips helps keep the streak alive for another week Read more

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Movie Review: Gravity Takes Off

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Cary, NC – Wow. That one word sums up Gravity by director Alfonso Cuaron’s (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Read more

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Movie Review: Rush

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Rush tells the true story of the epic rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two Formula 1 drivers in the 1970s. Read more

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Movie Review: Prisoners

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Cary, NC – Prisoners is a long, heavy film that examines how far a person would go when confronted with tragedy that features a great turn from Hugh Jackman and a career best performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. Read more

Movie Review - The Family

Movie Review: “The Family” Comedy or Melodrama?

Movie Review - The Family

Cary, NC – The Family, a new mob comedy starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones has its fair share of laughs and earns a lot of goodwill from its impressive cast. However, the film can’t quite figure out its own tone, swerving back and forth between black comedy and extremely serious family drama, resulting in a somewhat frustrating viewing experience. Read more

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Movie Review: The Butler

the butlerCary, NC – The Butler comes from director Lee Daniels, who previously helmed the Oscar winning film Precious, and tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a butler who served eight presidents in his time working at the White House. Read more