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Hollywood Comes to the Valley

By Rachel Levy Our small city of Winchester is known for the Apple Blossom Festival, Civil War battles, and Shenandoah University. But Blayne Weaver, an accomplished actor, writer and director, wants to help make our little corner of Northern Virginia become known for filmmaking as well. With the help of Professor Paul DiFranco, Capital Arts Entertainment and Shenandoah University, Weaver

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Messy presentations at Golden Globes

Sarah Beck, ‘Doah Staff Writer January 21, 2015 Celebrities from near and far attended the awards show in Beverly Hills, California at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual Golden Globes on Jan. 11. The awards show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who were hilarious yet offensive. They made jokes about nearly every movie-star and they both

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Honest portrayal of slavery in the south

Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer April 2, 2014 While we have had the film for television “Roots,” there has been no film to so accurately and unflinchingly portray the utter horrors of slavery until now. Directed by Steve McQueen (director of “Hunger” and “Shame”), “12 Years a Slave” tells the true story based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup.

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Coen brother’s film has mixed reception

Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer March 19, 2014 Written and directed by the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen (“The Big Lebowski”, “Fargo”) comes “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a melancholy picture of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961. We follow Llewyn Davis, a struggling singer who seems to have nothing going for him. He has no real home; he just

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A diverse cast makes ‘American Hustle’ great

Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer January 15, 2014 Fresh off of last year’s hit  “Silver Linings Playbook,” director and writer David O. Russell returns with the vibrant and charming “American Hustle.” As stated at the beginning of the film, “Some of this actually happened,” “American Hustle” is loosely based on the ABSCAM operation in the late 70s.  Two clever and

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‘Identity Thief’ has an identity crisis

William Wright, ’Doah Staff Writer February 20, 2013 In the new comedy “Identity Thief,” Jason Bateman continues his career-long streak of playing the quintessential straight man opposite characters with outrageous personalities. Bateman plays Sandy Patterson, a hardworking family man who has his identity stolen by a criminal living in Florida who goes by the name Diana, portrayed by Melissa McCarthy. Diana

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