A Minor Threat
Posted 5 days ago

Hail Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannsen, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, personal favorite Ralph Fiennes and features small turns from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and…

“Hail, Caesar!” is a Minor Coen Brothers Effort
3 Cheers for 45 Years
Posted 5 days ago

Like a long marriage, 45 Years isn’t an easy journey by any means, yet it is one definitely worth taking.

’45 Years’ + Quiet Desperation = The English Way
The World of Kanako
Posted 8 days ago

Director Tetsuya Nakashima is hellbent to that end in The World of Kanako, his ultra-violent, ultra-stylized 2014 extreme revenge flick. It was released in America last fall by Drafthouse Films…

Punishing, Stylized ‘The World of Kanako’ Makes a Blood-Spattered Splash on Blu-ray
Aptly titled 'Anesthesia'
Posted 13 days ago

A few years ago, Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed the dramedy 'Leaves of Grass.' That film was original, smart, funny and showed tremendous range for Nelson as a writer…

‘Anesthesia’ Will Put You to Sleep
Gilda Blu-ray Criterion
Posted 14 days ago

Gilda is out now in a fantastic-looking 2K restoration Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection that reveals what a anomaly the movie truly was.

Secrets of Noirish ‘Gilda’ Revealed on New Criterion Blu-ray
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Hail Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannsen, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, personal favorite Ralph Fiennes and features small turns from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and a poorly dubbed Christopher Lambert who I could’ve sworn was dead. With that many stars one wonders how even the Coen Company could handle it. The answer: they don’t.

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Like a long marriage, 45 Years isn’t an easy journey by any means, yet it is one definitely worth taking.

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Director Tetsuya Nakashima is hellbent to that end in The World of Kanako, his ultra-violent, ultra-stylized 2014 extreme revenge flick. It was released in America last fall by Drafthouse Films and comes to Blu-ray today.

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A few years ago, Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed the dramedy ‘Leaves of Grass.’ That film was original, smart, funny and showed tremendous range for Nelson as a writer and director. I’m not sure what he was trying to accomplish with Anesthesia, but hopefully it’s only a minor step back.

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We have advance screening passes to see ZOOLANDER 2 at Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30pm at Cinemark Merriam and we want you to have them!

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Secrets of Noirish ‘Gilda’ Revealed on New Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin January 26, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Gilda is out now in a fantastic-looking 2K restoration Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection that reveals what a anomaly the movie truly was.

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Win advance passes to DEADPOOL in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin January 26, 2016 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see DEADPOOL on Thursday, December 4th at 7:30pm at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet and we want you to have them!

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‘I Am Thor’ Blu-ray Review

by Eric Melin January 25, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

In the documentary ‘I Am Thor,’ out now on Blu-ray, “nice guy” Canadian bodybuilder-turned-stripper-turned-heavy-metal-rock-star John Mikl Thor decides one day in the mid-1990s to try to regain a sliver of the fame he had in the crazy, sexed-up 1970s.

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‘Anomalisa’ Ain’t Alright

by Warren Cantrell January 22, 2016 Print Reviews
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Were it anyone else but Charlie Kaufman holding the reins on this, things might not seem so generic and adrift, yet again, considering the level of novelty and creativity he has brought to previous offerings, Anomalisa feels decidedly thin, and only partially formed.

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Top 10 Most Popular Video Game Movies

by Christopher Nichols January 19, 2016 Top 10s

You can’t really blame people for disliking the bulk of video game movies released. Remember Street Fighter The Movie? The movie was so terrible it left a bitter taste in the mouth of fans of the successful franchise. Not every video game movie has been terrible, though. Some are actually quite decent considering how far technology has taken movie cinematography and effects.

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Go-for-broke ‘Bitter Rice’ Breaks Genre Rules on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin January 15, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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There is so much to be learned from Criterion’s new Blu-ray of Bitter Rice, even today. It is a perfect surprise, proving how important and how much fun it is to discover older movies with fresh eyes.

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KC Oscar Party 2016

by Eric Melin January 14, 2016 Blogs

What a lovely day! The 88th Academy Awards are February 28, 2016 and your pals at Scene-Stealers, Lost in Reviews, and Boom Howdy are again hosting the coolest movie party in Kansas City.

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Top 10 David Bowie Movie Roles

by Eric Melin January 13, 2016 Top 10s

The world lost an icon when David Bowie passed away. Perhaps this was due to playing “characters” in his musical life or his knack for being a good showman, but he really knew how to act on film and give compelling performances, even in movies that were not so great.

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Win advance screening passes to see ANOMALISA in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin January 12, 2016 Giveaways

We have advance passes to see ANOMALISA and we want you to have them!

The movie will screen on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

Enter the random drawing here.

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‘The Revenant’ is the Best Mess of the Year

by Simon Williams January 7, 2016 Print Reviews

The Revenant is one of the most ambitious films in recent memory and one of the best pictures of the year. Go see it. It’s worth your time and money.

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