April 2009

After a screening at last weekend’s KC FilmFest at the AMC Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City’s Power & Light district, the appropriately titled B-movie “Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula” will have a limited run this weekend only at the downtown Screenland Theater. On the surface, the title sets your expectations perfectly. Tiffany Shepis and Trent [...]

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Multiple endings? Different Deadpool endings for the new “Wolverine” X-Men movie? Easter eggs? Links to different “Wolverine” endings? As Marge Gunderson from “Fargo” would say: “You betcha.” I’m going to see an advance screening of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in about two hours and I’ve been reading a lot of chatter about multiple endings for the [...]

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This giveaway should be fun. We’re giving everyone advance notice on this because it involves shooting video! We have 50 ‘admit-two’ passes to see the Kansas City advance screening of J.J. Abrams’ reboot of “Star Trek” in glorious IMAX on May 6, 2009 at AMC Barrywoods (8101 Roanridge Rd.) at 7:30 pm. We also have [...]

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Top 10 Movie Brothers

by Eric Melin on April 28, 2009

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Our Top 10 list today comes from Sean O’Connell, a frequent sitegoer who lives in Rockaway, New York City. If you have a Top 10 list you’d like to contribute, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s Sean: I have always overheard people say that there is no stronger bond than that of sisters. The opposite is [...]

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The Soloist

by Eric Melin on April 24, 2009

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Jamie Foxx shines in director Joe Wright’s inspirational feel-good movie about a homeless musician. Co-stars Robert Downey Jr.

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The Informers

by Eric Melin on April 24, 2009

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This hollow Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is that rare movie that is so tedious it dares you to keep watching.

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It’s hard to say what the new ensemble drama “The Informers” would have been like if it had been directed by its original director or if it had retained the vampire/zombie subplot from the book, but it couldn’t have been any worse than what it is now. Adapted from a collection of semi-connected short stories [...]

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This guest review comes from longtime Scene-Stealers sitegoer Ryan Davis, who just started his own review blog over at LostInReviews.com. Since the upcoming Scene-Stealers redesign will allow you to post your own reviews on current movies, we thought we’d give early adopters a chance to do that right here. Everything that follows is Ryan’s review [...]

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Director Adam Berg made this short for Stink Digital to promote Philips’ new CINEMA 21:9 TV. This 2:19 film runs as an endless loop, allowing viewers to control their moves through the scene. The film also contains embedded hotspots, which, when triggered, give us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the shots. Visit the site [...]

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Top 10 Movie Journalists

by Eric Melin on April 21, 2009

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The old school journalistic thriller “State of Play” got me thinking about the other movies in which a reporter has to dig his or her way to the bottom of some big conspiracy, no doubt bucking the direct orders of the boss, dealing with ethical compromises, and under a strict deadline. Obviously, “Citizen Kane” is [...]

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State of Play

by Eric Melin on April 17, 2009

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Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck are old friends caught up in a Washington scandal in this traditional investigative journalism throwback that works best when its personal relationships are being tested.

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“State of Play,” the new “old” journalistic thriller based on a 2003 BBC TV serial, hits theaters today—the same day that Oprah does an entire show on Internet sensation Twitter. Interestingly enough, a strong undercurrent of the film spotlights that battle between new and old media, embodied by grizzled and idealized traditional reporter Cal McAffrey [...]

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“Best Worst Movie” is the documentary about the phenomenon of “Troll 2,” widely regarded as the worst movie ever made. Eric caught up with director Michael Paul Stephenson, star George Hardy, and Zack Carlson from Austin, Texas’ Alamo Drafthouse at the world premiere of “Best Worst Movie” at SXSW 2009. This in-depth interview was recorded [...]

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The box office performance of “Observe and Report” this past weekend proves that subversive comedies usually have a way harder time finding an audience than a nice, family-friendly picture, even when that movie stars Seth Rogen. Funny thing is, subversive comedies often make a bigger impact and have a longer shelf life. To make this [...]

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Observe and Report

by Eric Melin on April 10, 2009

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Writer/director Jody Hill goes for the throat in this frustrating and refreshing comedy starring Seth Rogen about a bipolar mall cop who wants badly to carry a gun and be a real man.

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