November 2009

Eric and guest host Trevan McGee (from InkKC.com) review the bleak new Cormac McCarthy adaptation “The Road.” Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,  “The Road” was directed by John Hillcoat and follows a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi McPhee) as they journey across a scorched Earth after the apocalypse. Does it live up to [...]

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With its jittery stop-motion animation, exquisitely detailed shots, and outwardly self-aware characters, director Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is the epitome of artifice. It’s also as bright and cheery a time as you’ll have at the movies this year. Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach have adapted Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s book into a breezy 88-minute [...]

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At a time when Hollywood seems dead set on giving movies bloodless one and two-word titles that don’t give you a clue as to what the movie is about, along comes a film called Ninja Assassin. It’s about ninjas who kill people. Finally, a little truth in advertising. For more than 1,000 years, nine ninja [...]

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Claireece “Precious” Jones, the abused and illiterate 16-year-old in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” is so beaten down by her circumstances that she hardly ever shows emotion. Played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, her face is frozen in a near-constant grimace that seems to anticipate that something awful is about to happen at [...]

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We have passes for you and a guest to attend the advance screening of director Clint Eastwood‘s “Invictus” on Monday, December 7 at AMC Olathe Studio 30 (119th & I-35). All you need to do is fill out the form below. We’ll have a random drawing on Thursday, December 3 to determine the winners. From [...]

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We have passes for you and a guest to attend the advance screening of “Armored” on Thursday, December 3 at the AMC Town Center at 7:30 pm. All you need to do is fill out the form below. We’ll have a random drawing on Monday, November 30 to determine the winners. A crew of officers [...]

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Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is out now in select cities and opens wide on Wednesday. We’ve got three prize packs from the movie that contain: One Soundtrack One Mini Poster One Fox-tail Tie One Sticker Book One Master Plan Folder As always, with Wes Anderson [...]

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Justin Pierre and Eric Melin Review ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon,’ starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner.

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Our friends at The Sports Buddaye graciously donated a good portion of their weekly sports wrap-up to reviewing the new Sandra Bullock football tearjerker “The Blind Side” this week. Both Ryan Magnuson and Nick Colby have co-hosted reviews with me in the past, and we’re excited to give you a taste of The Sports Buddaye [...]

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Movie Review: Planet 51

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2009

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Planet 51 isn’t going to wow you, but as a first animated feature from Ilion Animated Studios it’s better than I expected. The story is pretty simple: a peaceful world is invaded by an alien explorer, and with the help of a goodhearted youngster and his friends he eludes the government and attempts to get [...]

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It happens almost every year. This is deeply disappointing but unfortunately not surprising at all. The two best documentaries I’ve seen this year have just been screwed out of a shot at an Oscar nomination. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” and Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” were not picked as one of 15 films [...]

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Bill Heinen from Leavenworth, KS contributed the much-debated Top 10 Best Horror Remakes list for Scene-Stealers back in September, and now he’s back with a list of songs he’d like to see used in movies. Here’s Bill: Let’s face it: Movie lovers are usually individuals who appreciate, analyze, love, or at the very least, listen [...]

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“Pirate Radio” – the new film from writer/director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”) – knows exactly what it’s doing. It tells the story of Carl (Tom Sturridge), an 18-year-old recently expelled British student, who in 1966, is sent to stay with his godfather, Quentin (Bill Nighy), on his boat in the North Sea. From this boat, [...]

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Eric and guest host Trevan McGee (InkKC.com) review the new apocalyptic disaster porn movie “2012″ starring John Cusack and directed by Roland Emmerich. The Mayan prophecy says the world will end in 2012, and Hollywood has co-opted that premise for a flick with lots of state-of-the-art CGI special effects. Is “2012″ up to the cinematic [...]

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I didn’t expect much from director Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster flick other than a little dumb fun. “2012” couldn’t even deliver that. What follows is a short, and hopefully concise, review for a long, and depressingly boring, film (158-minute running time) that is about as almost as much fun as spending three hours alone in [...]

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