Moving Midway (2008)

Moving Midway



Critic Consensus: This strange, heartfelt documentary from film critic Godfrey Cheshire is a fascinating examination of his family roots, as well as an evocative meditation on the complexities of the South.

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At Christmas 2003, New York-based film critic Godfrey Cheshire is visiting his family in North Carolina when his cousin Charlie Silver tells him something startling. Charlie inherited Midway Plantation, the ancestral home of his and Cheshire's extended family, and has been its devoted caretaker. But now Charlie and his wife Dena have made a decision: They want to move Midway - the antebellum manor house and several outbuildings - to a new location to escape Raleigh's encroaching sprawl.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Godfrey Cheshire
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Moving Midway

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14)

In its 98 minutes, film critic Godfrey Cheshire's documentary Moving Midway records an amazing architectural feat, and that's the least of its virtues.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Quirky yet thoughtful.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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What begins as a leave-taking turns into a homecoming that reflects the mixed-race society of the modern south.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Moving Midway tells three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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Southern myths rise up, then drop like flies in the enthralling documentary Moving Midway, and all because director Godfrey Cheshire's cousin is moving house. Literally.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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The whole idea of foundation -- as it applies to family, history, and an actual, stately American house -- receives a thoughtful inspection in Moving Midway, the graceful nonfiction film from Godfrey Cheshire.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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