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Front Row at the Movies: Southern Circuit’s “Purple Dreams” Spotlights Students

In 2012, Corey Mitchell, theatre director at Charlotte, NC's Northwest School for the Arts, decided to have his students put on the Oprah Winfrey Broadway musical, “The Color Purple.” To document it, Mitchell invited a filmmaker who lived nearby to do a promotional video about the production. “I thought it would take maybe three months,” says Joanne Hock. “I wound up following them for three years.”

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Front Row at the Movies: The Leisure Seeker

“The Leisure Seeker” is another of those stories about setting out in a recreational vehicle to discover yourself. Things are pretty tedious inside this Winnebago. But the performances of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren make it worth the trip.

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Front Row at the Movies: Love, Simon

While trying to decide how to let his family know about his sexual orientation, Simon Spier is threatened to be outed by an online blackmailer. A gay teen. An online romance. A coming out story. A mystery. What’s more in tune with our evolving society?

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Front Row at the Movies: The 15:17 to Paris

As Eastwood tells it, “I was looking through a lot of actors on tape, good actors too, and they would have done a good job, but I kept looking at the guys, I kept looking at their faces and going over this, and finally one day I said I think you could play yourself.”

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Front Row at the Movies: A Wrinkle In Time

Director Ava DuVernay explains, “I feel like it’s not a shiny, bright Disney movie. I love shiny, bright Disney movies, but this is a movie that embraces a bit of a quirkier, darker edge, like the book.”

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Front Row at the Movies: The Night of The Iguana

Time Magazine called it “one of the best movies ever made from a Tennessee Williams play.” And Huston won a Writers Guide of America award for advancing “the literature of the motion picture through the years.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Ten Tips For Winning A Best Picture Oscar

Don’t you wish you could come up with a film that could snag a golden statuette? Hold on! -- maybe it’s not as difficult as you think. If you want to have an Oscar-winning picture, here are ten top tips.

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Tropic Sprockets: A Fantastic Woman

“A Fantastic Woman“ is a deeply humanist film. Marina is a woman of principle through the jungles of pettiness and hate. In just over a hundred minutes, this compact powerful film shows Marina as a fully realized person, an example for others and a hero to herself.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Insult

Ziad Doueiri’s gripping drama “The Insult” is a wonderful entry in this year’s Oscar foreign film category. The film from Lebanon has a political subplot but at rock bottom it is a study in human nature and the holistic condition of suffering. From the very start, it grabs hold and won’t let go.

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Front Row at the Movies: Top Ten Films of 2017

It seems to be an unwritten law that every film critic must compile a list of the year’s best films. As we approach the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, here’s mine.

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