May 2011

We have passes to see SUPER 8 and we want you to have them! The special advance screening of J.J. Abrams’ new film SUPER 8 is Tuesday, June 7 at AMC BarryWoods 24 at 7:30pm. It is playing on a large format screen in ETX and all you have to do to win tickets is [...]

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Adam Jeffers is convinced that what Lawrence needs — whether the town knows it or not — are regular, free screenings of cheesy ’80s horror flicks remixed and edited down to their basest essentials and shown in a bar. “There’s absolutely a fanbase for this kind of thing and I’m sure that a good part [...]

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What other film offers as much in the way of visual detail and intrigue with such static, humdrum visuals actually presented?

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! “Star Wars?” Where do I even start? This is honestly the first time [...]

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You are a charming man, Norman Bates. Your mild manner and meek demeanor are disarming and endearing. Of course we’d like to share a plate of sandwiches and some milk with you, and we’re very sorry if we caused any conflict with your mother.

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Po (Jack Black), the reluctant and obese Dragon Warrior, and his gang of kung fu specialists are called back into action in Dreamworks’ “Kung Fu Panda 2”. The story, which has Po, Tigeress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan) and all the rest chasing the nefarious peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), is thoroughly entertaining if not [...]

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Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) are reunited in Thailand for Stu’s wedding to his new bride (Jamie Chung) in this sequel to the surprise box office hit of 2009. Once again things get crazy and a forgotten night leads to a blurry-eyed morning in a hotel room [...]

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In movies, too often drinking is seen as a bad thing. Of course, “The Hangover” and its sequel (opening Friday) like to have it both ways, making drinking fun and the unintended consequences funny. None of these films are the cautionary ‘social problem’ drinking movies (“The Lost Weekend,” “Days of Wine and Roses”). They all [...]

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In her new release “In a Better World” Danish filmmaker, Susanne Bier gives us a tense look into the violent human interactions that surround our daily lives, and forces the viewer to question the civility of our civilized world. The film focuses on two parallel stories, the story of Elias (Markus Rygaard) and Christian (William [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! #15 is a divisive film if ever there was one. It’s been called [...]

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Matthew Lessner‘s new film and first feature, “The Woods,” envisions the fall of the current society and creation of a new one, helmed by the a group of misguided and inept twenty-somethings. Some films march quickly through their paces, hit their plot points, allow their characters to change through fast cuts and dialogue driven action [...]

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This review of “The Illusionist” appears on KTKA-49. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars earlier this year, “The Illusionist” is a beautifully rendered melancholy tribute to a brand of entertainers that has long since passed. Director Sylvain Chomet follows an elderly magician in the declining years of his career. It’s 1959, and television, [...]

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Honestly, I don’t know if Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is any better than the last two disappointing entries of the franchise or I simply don’t have it in me to care about what happens to these characters anymore. Even though the film did its best to remove the only thing I really [...]

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