ABC 1-2-not-3
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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…

The ABCs of Death 2
Media darling
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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,…

Gyllenhaal outshines everything else in ‘Nightcrawler’
The Two Faces of January
Posted 2 days ago

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.

Directorial Debut ‘The Two Faces of January’ a Solid Start
Everybody Cut Loose
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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…

Top 10 Wire-Cutting Bomb Moments in Film
Formulaic 'St. Vincent'
Posted 8 days ago

The effortless chemistry of Murray and Lieberher are the main reason that, even at its most clichéd, St. Vincent mostly works.

Formulaic ‘St. Vincent’ Skirts by on Actors’ Charm
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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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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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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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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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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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Win advance passes to DUMBER AND DUMBER TO in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 26, 2014 Giveaways
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We have passes to see DUMB AND DUMBER TO starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30PM at the Alamo Drafthouse and we want you to have them!

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Formulaic ‘St. Vincent’ Skirts by on Actors’ Charm

by Eric Melin October 24, 2014 Print Reviews
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The effortless chemistry of Murray and Lieberher are the main reason that, even at its most clichéd, St. Vincent mostly works.

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Modern Suspense Classic ‘The Vanishing’ on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin October 19, 2014 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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What is remarkable about The Vanishing is how, like Gone Girl, it reveals much about its central mystery fairly early on in the film. Unlike Gone Girl, it continues to deepen its characters and maintain a believable sense of dread that plays into its central conceit.

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Win advance passes to see ST VINCENT in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 14, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see ST. VINCENT, starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30PM at the Cinemark Palace Theater and we want you to have them!

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‘The Judge’ Too Much Sweet, Too Little Salty

by Trey Hock October 10, 2014 Print Reviews
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Robert Downey Jr.’s new cinematic vehicle, gives the viewer just enough salt, just enough of the bile of family life, in an attempt to cover the overly manipulative and sentimental story. In spite of a remarkable cast, and a handful of exceptional moments, The Judge falls prey to the emotional wish fulfillment of most estranged father and son stories.

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Jeremy Renner hopes you don’t ‘Kill the Messenger’

by Joe Jarosz October 10, 2014 Print Reviews
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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.

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Win advance passes to see BIRDMAN in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 8, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see BIRDMAN on Tuesday, October 28 at Glenwood Arts Theater at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Win advance passes to see OUIJA in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 8, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see the new horror movie OUIJA Wednesday, October 22 at 8:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse and we want you to have them!

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Win advance passes to see FURY in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 6, 2014 Giveaways

We have advance passes to see FURY starring Brad Pitt on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 PM at the AMC Barrywoods Theatre and we want you to have them!

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’20,000 Days’ Gets to the Heart of It

by Trevan McGee October 3, 2014 Print Reviews

[Minor Rock Fist Up] “My muse is not a horse and i am in no horse race and if indeed she was, still i would not harness her to this tumbrel – this bloody cart of severed heads and glittering prizes. My muse may spook! May bolt! May abandon me completely!” The above letter was [...]

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