In spring 1999 while working as a magazine editor in New York and Atlanta, Keith Dunavant traveled to Alabama to do a feature story on Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the University of Alabama.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a remarkable streak.
Moviegoers have plenty of reasons to be skeptical of sequels these days.
Theaters should hand out oxygen masks when moviegoers buy tickets to "Gravity." Director Alfonso Cuarón's science-fiction thriller is many things, but above all else, it is one of the most suspenseful films released in years.
"Instructions Not Included" (original title "No se Aceptan Devoluciones") is one of the most interesting cinematic surprises to come along in years.
Ah, the fall season has finally arrived. I make no secret of nor apology for my disdain of the summer season. Even when it's a strong lineup of blockbusters, it's a deafening, dumbing few months. And this was a horrible summer season. There's nowhere to go but up for the fall season. Here's a rundown of the more promising films coming our way.
Athens native James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" is a bona fide festival circuit and art house hit that is now widening into multiplexes in our area. This is the moment when the film either breaks into mainstream success or doesn't, and few indies are more deserving of reaching a wider audience.
If you've ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter and Bella Swan hooked up, we now know. The offspring would be "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."
Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.
The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.
Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.
Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.
Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.
"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.
Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.
The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.
It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.
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