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Moving Midway Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
June 27, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 28, 2009
It is more successful as a study of Dixie social sciences than as a family video diary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Stan Hall
December 12, 2008
The move is something to behold.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
November 14, 2008
The myth of the Southern plantation incorporates and carries on visions of destiny and history, industry and identity.
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
Cheshire deftly interweaves different interpretations of the antebellum South, through architecture, family memories (black and white), history, and popular culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008
Quirky yet thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 17, 2008
What begins as a leave-taking turns into a homecoming that reflects the mixed-race society of the modern south.
October 17, 2008
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 16, 2008
Moving Midway tells three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
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.
Cole Smithey
September 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 17, 2008
Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway, from his own screenplay, provides a profound meditation on the paradoxes of race in America through a discovery of his own Southern family's hitherto hidden secrets.
Kam Williams
September 16, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 12, 2008
There is a satisfyingly Faulknerian air of bizarreness about the episode, and the shots of the grand old house being trundled down country roads are amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2008
Tells a fascinating and complicated story of regional identity.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 11, 2008
When film critic Godfrey Cheshire decided to make a movie of his own, he found the ideal subject right in his backyard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
September 10, 2008
An exception to the rule that film critics can't do better than the directors they criticize.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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