Lock It Up
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This week sees the release of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s new movie, Get Hard, a comedy about a wealthy business magnate who tries to get himself ready for an…

Top 10 Movie Characters That Got Owned by Prison
'Unfinished Business'
Posted 21 days ago

[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down] At the midway point of Unfinished Business, I had realized where I had seen this movie before. A business owner and his team travel the country,…

‘Unfinished Business’ is Just That
'Mr. Turner' Grunts
Posted 27 days ago

Mr. Turner covers 25 years of the contradictory painter’s life, and it often feels like it, moving at a languorous pace over its two-and-a-half hours. Like it’s subject, however, the…

‘Mr. Turner’ a Visually Resplendent, Slow-Burn Character Study
Criterion's 'Fellini Satyricon'
Posted 28 days ago

Whether Fellini Satyricon is a paean to excess or a reflective deconstruction of ancient myths and legends, one thing is for sure: It isn't driven by a strong narrative or…

Criterion Restores ‘Fellini Satyricon’ on Blu-ray for Better or Worse
Outside of My Soft Limits
Posted 41 days ago

As a film, Sam Taylor-Johnson's version of Fifty Shades of Grey is a not good, not terrible adaptation of E.L. James' wretched book. As a cultural event, Fifty Shades is…

Film Adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ could have been great…
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This week sees the release of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s new movie, Get Hard, a comedy about a wealthy business magnate who tries to get himself ready for an upcoming prison stint. Today’s list is a celebration of this classic movie trope, and explores some of the best examples of characters who had a particularly rough time on the inside.

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We have advance passes to see GET HARD on Tuesday, March 24 at Cinemark Merriam 20 and we want you to have them!

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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down] At the midway point of Unfinished Business, I had realized where I had seen this movie before. A business owner and his team travel the country, to make sure a deal gets done. Along the way, there’s another company trying to sabotage their deal. Other hijinx ensue, including an accident with [...]

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Mr. Turner covers 25 years of the contradictory painter’s life, and it often feels like it, moving at a languorous pace over its two-and-a-half hours. Like it’s subject, however, the film has an irascible charm.

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Whether Fellini Satyricon is a paean to excess or a reflective deconstruction of ancient myths and legends, one thing is for sure: It isn’t driven by a strong narrative or what one would consider effective acting, in any sense. Instead, its a series of stagey set pieces that happen to feature one of a couple main characters, loosely strung together by theme.

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Win advance passes to FOCUS in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see FOCUS on Wednesday, February 25 at AMC Barrywoods at 7:30pm and we want you to have them! All you have to do is go here and enter the random drawing for passes!

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Win advance passes to UNFINISHED BUSINESS in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to UNFINISHED BUSINESS starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson on Wednesday, March 4 at Screenland Armour at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Win advance passes to THE LAZARUS EFFECT in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have passes to see THE LAZARUS EFFECT on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM at AMC Independence and we want you to have them!

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ Should Travel Back to When it was Funnier

by Joe Jarosz February 20, 2015 Print Reviews
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Traveling 10 years in the future, Lou, Nick and Jacob set out to investigate who tried to kill Lou.

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Film Adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ could have been great…

by Trey Hock February 13, 2015 Print Reviews
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As a film, Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s version of Fifty Shades of Grey is a not good, not terrible adaptation of E.L. James‘ wretched book. As a cultural event, Fifty Shades is a tragic missed opportunity.

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‘Still Alice’ an Affecting Portrait of Alzheimer’s

by Eric Melin February 13, 2015 Print Reviews
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Moore is the reason it works. She’s so natural and free of vanity. She doesn’t telegraph the tragedy of her situation like so many made-for-TV movies do. It’s a quiet performance and the uncertainty of how present Alice is undercuts everything, even the joyful moments.

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‘Kingsman’ Kills (Mostly)

by Trevan McGee February 13, 2015 Print Reviews

Matthew Vaughn adapts another Mark Millar story with mixed results.

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a Glorious Mess of Unbridled Creativity

by Eric Melin February 6, 2015 Print Reviews
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Jupiter Ascending may be an unfocused mess, but as far as big-budget sci-fi fantasies go, it’s one of the most entertaining messes ever.

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Win advance passes to see HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 4, 2015 Giveaways
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We have passes to see HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 in Kansas City and we want you to have them!

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Fictional Narrative Meets Jazz History in Restored Blu-ray of ‘Syncopation’

by Eric Melin February 3, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Casual jazz fans and jazz historians alike have much to cheer about this week as the 1942 film Syncopation hits Blu-ray, courtesy the Cohen Media Group.

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