August 2012

Cosmopolis falls squarely in the “experimental unadaptable mindfuck” category of Crash (based on the J.G. Ballard book, not that abysmal Best Picture winner) and Naked Lunch (based on William S. Burroughs’ groundbreaking free-form novel).

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As unassuming as Weekend is, it’s also surprisingly powerful in that it creeps up on you. The dialogue is natural, the sex scenes are tender, and the camera never gets in the way of the story.

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It may look like The Fast And The Furious: 1920s, but Lawless is wittier and more memorable than initial trailers would lead you to believe.

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Two movies new out on Blu-ray and DVD are being marketed as adult dramas, but one is just a little more adult than the other.

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‘Premium Rush’ is the ‘Top Gun’ of bike messenger films, because, like the rebellious fighter pilots of that iconic movie, it glorifies a specific societal subset — they have their own subculture and even hang out at a bike messenger bar.

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The graphic, disturbing NC-17 film Killer Joe unfolds like a great prank, but after freewheeling dangerously and thrillingly for 90 minutes, it skips the relief and goes straight to the punishment

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Three-time Kansas City air guitar champion Eric “Mean” Melin (that’s me) will host The Action Pack’s Arena Rock Sing-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City Mainstreet Theater on Thursday night August 30 at 7:30pm!

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With glaring flaws in story, tone and character Hit & Run is the kind of movie everyone should want to remove from their resume as soon as possible.

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For almost as long as there have been films, there have been spooky stories about roving spirits, demons, or creatures flexing their supernatural muscle. This month there’s a pair of supernatural thrillers in The Apparition and The Possession, but what are the Top 10 Best Ghost Movies?

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They may not be have any Hollywood actors in them, but the two movies in today’s DVD review are definitely worth checking out.

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More ‘Rambo’ than ‘Commando,’ ‘Expendables 2′ has its heart in the right place. There are more callbacks to each actors past catch phrases than any movie should be able to get away with, but then again this is the one movie that one-line callbacks were made for. And the action is super nuts, even if it rarely comes out to shine – most of it is too accelerated to do much good.

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On the surface, ParaNorman is an animated kids’ film filled with zombies, ghosts, and clever references to horror movies. But there’s a lot more going on in the movie than your average talking-animal children’s fare. It’s aimed at a slightly older audience, and its amazing stop-motion animation makes for some pretty scary moments.

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The Chicken and the Egg #33: Our movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back!

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The special effects are what set Zombie A-Hole apart. Thanks to ever-more-powerful home computers, effects in your standard indie horror flick are better than some straight-to-video or SyFy original movies.

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Aussie Scene-Stealers reader Xavier Robertson tells us which movies he’s the most excited about for the remainder of 2012. The line-ups for the 2012 fall festivals, leading into awards season are where most of the heavy hitters promise to be revealed.

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