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Moving Midway

Moving Midway (2008)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 1

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.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

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.


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Godfrey Cheshire

Feb 17, 2009

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Quirky yet thoughtful.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

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

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Godfrey Cheshire, a highly acclaimed film critic, uses his cinematic smarts and sensibility to good effect in "Moving Midway," his documentary about the relocation of his ancestral home, an antebellum N.C. plantation named Midway.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

It is more successful as a study of Dixie social sciences than as a family video diary.

February 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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The move is something to behold.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The details behind the actual move are the least interesting part of the film; far more compelling is the "history" of slavery as presented through a polished Hollywood veneer.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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The myth of the Southern plantation incorporates and carries on visions of destiny and history, industry and identity.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Cheshire deftly interweaves different interpretations of the antebellum South, through architecture, family memories (black and white), history, and popular culture.

November 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Moving Midway isn't a simple-minded brotherhood-of-man tract. The film is spiked with artfully edited excerpts from some of the movies that have shaped American racial attitudes over the years.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: MTV

The film offers a probing and patient analyses of converging social movements related to everything from the nomination of the country's first black President to how people relate their family's history.

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source:

An admirable examination of one family's belated attempt to come to grips with, if not atone for, its role in America's original sin.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

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