TAKE SHELTER

A hometown favorite, this intriguing film is directed by UNCSA grad Jeff Nichols, crewed by a number of other School of the Arts alums, included cinematographer Adam Stone, who was my student at Wake Forest before he earned a second degree at UNCSA.

I love to brag about Adam’s work, which includes an earlier collaboration with Nichols, Shotgun Stories, and a third film together that has wrapped principal photography.

The film is not just a favorite of mine; it’s also done well on the festival circuit and garnered a lot of critical praise.  Let me add mine to the rest.

Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon (love them both) star as a couple pulled apart by Shannon’s preparations for the end of the world.  The film has a slow built to a jaw-dropping confrontation scene with Shannon’s best friend at a community fish fry.  From that point on, the film is like a rollercoaster that has started its final descent.

Well-crafted and worth seeing.

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