The Force Isn't With It
Posted 20 hours ago

Written and directed by Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure has been selected as the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards in February 2015. Unfortunately in…

‘Force Majeure’ Doesn’t Live Up to Hype
Mockingjay — Part 1 Movie Review
Posted 2 days ago

It’s no news to fans of the young-adult book series by Suzanne Collins that this third movie only covers a portion of her third novel, which is par for the…

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1′ a Dull Disappointment
L’avventura holds up
Posted 5 days ago

L’avventura is the film that gave Antonioni a name. The film was booed at its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, but at the second viewing of the film,…

Criterion Blu-ray of ‘L’avventura’ is Startling
Keep This 'Under Wraps'
Posted 10 days ago

[Rock Fist Way Down] It’s hard to say a lot about a kids’ movie as straightforward as Under Wraps (Available now on DVD), so I’m not even going to sugarcoat…

‘Under Wraps’ Is Full of More Bad Jokes Than Your Favorite Uncle
A 2nd Look at Fury
Posted 13 days ago

Fury walks the line between romanticizing arguably the most important war of the past century and making you appalled that anyone ever went through such an experience voluntarily in what…

Ayer Draws on Solid Historical Material to Bring ‘Fury’ to Life
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Written and directed by Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure has been selected as the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards in February 2015. Unfortunately in my humble opinion, the film fails to really engage the viewer in any meaningful discussion or portrait of a family in the midst of crisis, and leaves you not with a feeling of conclusion, but with confusion.

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It’s no news to fans of the young-adult book series by Suzanne Collins that this third movie only covers a portion of her third novel, which is par for the course, I suppose, for a film that contains a both a colon and a hyphen in its title. But even in the Star Wars series, which now retroactively features the word “Episode” in each title, the films themselves had a form of resolution. Sometimes there were cliffhangers, sure, but the emotional journey and theme of each film were wrapped up by film’s end.

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L’avventura is the film that gave Antonioni a name. The film was booed at its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, but at the second viewing of the film, it was greeted quite enthusiastically, and then finally awarded a Special Jury Prize for “the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language.”

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We have advance passes to see HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 in Kansas City and we want you to have them! The advance screening is Thursday, November 20 Dickinson Palazzo 16 (8601 W. 135th St., Overland Park) at 7:30 pm and all you have to do to enter the random drawing for passes is go here. Synopsis: [...]

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[Rock Fist Way Down] It’s hard to say a lot about a kids’ movie as straightforward as Under Wraps (Available now on DVD), so I’m not even going to sugarcoat it for you today. Danny is always getting into trouble and breaking things, despite his good intentions, so when his parents tell him not to [...]

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Ayer Draws on Solid Historical Material to Bring ‘Fury’ to Life

by Brett Steinbrink November 10, 2014 Print Reviews

Fury walks the line between romanticizing arguably the most important war of the past century and making you appalled that anyone ever went through such an experience voluntarily in what we’ve come to call the last great American crusade against the forces of tyranny.

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‘Interstellar’ Christopher Nolan Thinks You’re Stupid; I Know You Can Prove Him Wrong

by Trey Hock November 8, 2014 Print Reviews
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In Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is getting pretty pictures and great actors to shine up his turd of a premise until you are forced to proclaim him a master of the cinematic arts.

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‘Big Hero 6′ is an Enjoyable Mash-up

by Trevan McGee November 7, 2014 Blogs
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Rating: Solid Rock Fist Up On its surface, Big Hero 6 looks like it could be the first in a new era of Disney animated films. It’s a Marvel adaptation. Like its predecessors Frozen and Wreck It Ralph, it’s a remarkably confident and capable feature that lacks the Pixar name. It’s an action/comedy movie that is also [...]

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‘Interstellar’ is Nolan’s Sci-Fi Opus

by Trevan McGee November 5, 2014 Print Reviews

Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi epic spans the stars, but at its heart is a family drama that errs on the side of sentiment.

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Top 10 Movie Disasters in Space

by Warren Cantrell November 4, 2014 Top 10s
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Today’s Top 10 list took a look at the best examples of movies that focused on space exploration, and ranked them based on the size and severity of the pickles encountered. Since there is little drama in intergalactic missions that go off without a hitch, a vast majority of films that play around in this genre’s sandbox feature some kind of disaster, thus, there was no shortage of candidates.

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The Unexpected Virtue of ‘Birdman’

by Eric Melin October 31, 2014 Print Reviews
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In films like 21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, he revels in the misery of his characters and then contrives to make them even more miserable. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of misery and pretentiousness in Birdman (which is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) but its mostly psychosomatic—and often played for laughs, which is a new thing for Iñárritu.

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26 More Kills in ‘The ABCs of Death 2′

by Brian Reeves October 31, 2014 Print Reviews
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The ABCs of Death 2 moves quickly and most of it is ultimately very forgettable, but I still find myself drawn toward its desire to be different and truly artistic in its approach.

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Gyllenhaal outshines everything else in ‘Nightcrawler’

by Trevan McGee October 31, 2014 Print Reviews

Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an intense, magnetic performance that is the highlight of Nightcrawler, the directoral debut from writer Dan Gilroy. The film follows Gyllenhaal’s Louis Bloom, a disconnected loaner who stumbles into the world of on-the-scene video journalism. Bloom is a quick study, as we witness him learn the seedy business [...]

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Directorial Debut ‘The Two Faces of January’ a Solid Start

by Brett Steinbrink October 30, 2014 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

The Two Faces of January brings three solid performances together to help a decent script turn into an hour and a half of quite entertaining film.

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Top 10 Wire-Cutting Bomb Moments in Film

by Warren Cantrell October 28, 2014 Top 10s
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It just doesn’t get much better than a film that takes a few minutes to ratchet up the tension via that classic struggle over which wire to cut so as to diffuse a bomb and avert catastrophe. To be fair, it’s a somewhat tired trope that’s been done to death, yet when it is executed well, it’s a slam dunk for that extra pinch of tension screenwriters love to mine for.

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