Empty 'Dunkirk'
Posted 7 days ago

'Dunkirk' is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

‘Dunkirk’: Visually stunning, emotionally empty
SCORE!
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'SCORE: A Film Music Documentary' opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the…

‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ hits the right notes
More than just 'Footnotes'
Posted 14 days ago

'Footnotes' is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy.

More than just ‘Footnotes’
Crown jewel of the trilogy
Posted 14 days ago

[Rating: Rock Fist Way Up] Director Matt Reeves has done something truly spectacular with War for the Planet of the Apes. The third (and final?) installment in this reboot series…

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the crown jewel of the remake trilogy
'Spider-Man Homecoming'
Posted 20 days ago

Spider-Man Homecoming is a fun and exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a performance by Tom Holland that captures the web head perfectly.

‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ almost the Spidey flick we deserve
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‘Dunkirk’ is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the theaters to modern-day movies and the full orchestras they incorporate.

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‘Footnotes’ is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy.

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[Rating: Rock Fist Way Up] Director Matt Reeves has done something truly spectacular with War for the Planet of the Apes. The third (and final?) installment in this reboot series is not only an emotionally dour thrill ride, but has once again highlighted the brilliance of Andy Serkis, whose performance as Ape leader Caesar proves [...]

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Spider-Man Homecoming is a fun and exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a performance by Tom Holland that captures the web head perfectly.

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Nicholas Ray’s debut ‘They Live By Night’ impresses on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin July 8, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Nicholas Ray would go on to make In a Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, and most famously, A Rebel Without A Cause. The new Criterion Blu-ray of They Live by Night proves that his filmmaking was assured and iconoclastic right from the beginning.

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Win advance screening passes to WISH UPON in Kansas City

by Eric Melin July 7, 2017 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see the new horror movie WISH UPON in Kansas City and we want you to have them!

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‘Baby Driver’ rocks a smart script, killer soundtrack

by Tim English July 5, 2017 Print Reviews
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Packed with a killer soundtrack, a groovy cast, and an intelligent script, Baby Driver is one of the smartest, coolest and most entertaining movies of 2017.

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Alamo Drafthouse KC hosting ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ Dance

by Tim English July 5, 2017 Features
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Celebrate the debut of Marvel’s Spider-Man when the Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City hosts the Spider-Man Homecoming Dance on Thursday, July 6.

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‘The Skyjacker’s Tale’ Flies High

by Warren Cantrell July 1, 2017 Print Reviews
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The Skyjacker’s Tale is a captivating investigation of race and class in the Caribbean, as well as an informative unpacking of what it means to reform and mature.

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‘The Exception’ May Not Rule, But It’s Good

by Warren Cantrell June 24, 2017 Print Reviews
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Opening this Friday, The Exception is a smart, engaging romp through World War II and one officer’s struggle with romance, nationalism, and realpolitik.

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‘The Book of Henry’ was probably meant to be good, but isn’t

by Abby Olcese June 16, 2017 Print Reviews
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The filmmakers didn’t set out to make a bad film. Yet despite the best efforts of everyone involved, The Book of Henry falls far short of the goal.

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Generic action flick ‘The Hunter’s Prayer’ disappoints

by Jason Ridder June 12, 2017 Print Reviews

For those of you who love great acting, original plots, and engaging, interesting characters, you’re going to want to avoid this generic action flick.

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‘The Mummy’ probably isn’t the jumpstart Universal was looking for

by Tim English June 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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The Mummy is ultimately a wasted opportunity to do something fresh and original with these characters. If the idea is to build a franchise around it, they’re off to a regrettably awkward start.

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SIFF 2017: ‘Feather’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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A tender coming of age tale stocked with a few poignant surprises, the Italian comedy, Feather (Italian: ‘Piuma’), will inevitably draw comparisons to like-minded pictures such as Juno or Knocked Up.

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