'Frank' as aloof as its hero
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[Minor Rock Fist Up] Michael Fassbender plays the titular misfit in Frank, the debut from director Lenny Abrahamson and writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank follows a young wannabe musician named Jon…

‘Frank’ as aloof as its hero
A Great Summer Palate-Cleanser
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Happy Christmas, a product of the low-budget, realism-oriented mumblecore movement, is anything but. It’s a small, thoughtful comedy that’s more concerned with believable characters and relationships than it is with…

‘Happy Christmas’ is a welcome dose of reality within Summer’s usual explosions
Flashback and Don't Buy Tickets
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If I Stay follows Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cellist prodigy as she faces the biggest decision of her teenage life, does she stay with punk rock family and…

A young, talented cellist fights for her life in “If I Stay”
Too Late to the Party
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The Giver is the quiet insightful kid at the party, who says something hilarious under their breath, but within earshot of a louder more boisterous partygoer. The loud person shouts…

‘The Giver’ gets lost in shuffle of dystopian teen drama
Faith in numbers
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Brendan Gleeson stars in a dark comedy/mystery/character actors' dream about a priest given a week to live before a stranger plans to kill him.

‘Calvary’ is gallows humor done right
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[Minor Rock Fist Up] Michael Fassbender plays the titular misfit in Frank, the debut from director Lenny Abrahamson and writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank follows a young wannabe musician named Jon (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who desperately wants to escape his sleepy life for stardom and adoration. As luck would have it, he stumbles upon a [...]

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Happy Christmas, a product of the low-budget, realism-oriented mumblecore movement, is anything but. It’s a small, thoughtful comedy that’s more concerned with believable characters and relationships than it is with highly-scripted dialogue or memorable set pieces.

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If I Stay follows Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cellist prodigy as she faces the biggest decision of her teenage life, does she stay with punk rock family and boyfriend in Portland or head east to attend school at the esteemed Juilliard.

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We have advance screening passes to see AS ABOVE/SO BELOW in Kansas City on Thursday, August 28th at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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The Giver is the quiet insightful kid at the party, who says something hilarious under their breath, but within earshot of a louder more boisterous partygoer. The loud person shouts the hilarious observation, and gets all of the credit, leaving a stalwart few to point out that, actually, someone else said it first.

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‘Calvary’ is gallows humor done right

by Trevan McGee August 15, 2014 Print Reviews
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Brendan Gleeson stars in a dark comedy/mystery/character actors’ dream about a priest given a week to live before a stranger plans to kill him.

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Predictable ‘Expendables’

by Eric Melin August 15, 2014 Reviews
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Can’t we just blow up a helicopter like the old days anymore? Do we have to replace it with half-rendered computer effects? Rambo would not be proud.

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‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Is Cinematic Rice Pudding

by Abby Olcese August 15, 2014 Print Reviews
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Magic in the Moonlight is not terrible, but it’s far from Woody Allen‘s best. This is Allen playing it safe, with material that’s familiar both in the setting, and the theme.

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‘Rage’ Would Be Better As Dark Comedy Than Serious Film

by Brett Steinbrink August 12, 2014 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

What do you get when you combine the convoluted plot of a movie you’ve probably already seen with one of the most hilariously enigmatic actors of our time? If you guessed Rage out August 12th on DVD and Blu-Ray starring Hollywood-oddity Nicolas Cage, you probably guessed right.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is big and dumb, not so fun

by Trevan McGee August 8, 2014 Print Reviews

Some movies this summer and every summer manage to rise above some silly source material to be something that is genuinely compelling or at the very least interesting. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not one of them.

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Great Cast Headlines Admirable, Flawed ‘Lullaby’ on DVD Now

by Brett Steinbrink August 4, 2014 Print Reviews
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Writer/director Andrew Levitas delivers an inconsistent story of a young man dealing with his father’s decision to give up his struggle with cancer.

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Yes ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is great! Let’s talk about why.

by Trey Hock August 3, 2014 Print Reviews
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The bottom line is that Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun and exciting summer movie, that has better characters, and a more thoughtful storyline than any blockbuster for at least 5 years.

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‘Boyhood’ is a perfect distillation of Richard Linklater’s filmmaking

by Trey Hock August 1, 2014 Print Reviews
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Because Richard Linklater posits questions instead of answering them in his film Boyhood, he can show us a boy growing up and make us think that perhaps everyone goes through similar experiences.

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The Scene Stealers Movie Podcast: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

by Trevan McGee August 1, 2014 Podcasts
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Trevan and Trey welcome new contributor Will Findley before talking about Boyhood and Guardians of the Galaxy, two vastly different, but outstanding movies.

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Lighthearted ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ a Welcome Respite From Over-serious Action

by Eric Melin August 1, 2014 Reviews
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There’s plenty of action, of course, but it’s the heart and humor, delivered consistently throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, that make this tongue-in-cheek space opera the perfect fit for the 21st Century.

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