December 2012

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

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We have 5 pairs of passes to see ZOMBIELAND: A TRIBUTE TO THE TWINKIE on Thursday January 3, 2013 at 7:10pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in Kansas City and we want you to have them! Sign up below and we’ll pick 5 random winners on New Year’s day to see ZOMBIELAND and enjoy one final last dance with Hostess’ beloved and now-defunct Twinkies.

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Does Django Unchained continue Tarantino’s hot streak or is it a misstep? Find out on a not especially Christmas-y Christmas episode of the podcast.

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As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience.

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We have advance passes to see NOT FADE AWAY on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Tivoli theatre in Westport — and we want you to have them! All you need to do is answer some rock n’ roll trivia by filling out the form below and the winners will be chosen at random.

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Hooper actively undermines what is powerful about the stage version of ‘Les Misérables,’ and doesn’t use his camera’s frame effectively to add anything of value.

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Judd Apatow’s latest film about age, parenting and everything in between features some bright spots, but is a flawed film overall.

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ is a well-plotted mystery thriller filled with tough-guy talk, a simmering romance, and exciting action. But along the way to becoming the fun, disposable piece of Hollywood trash that it is, it has a scene or two that may turn the stomachs of those still reeling from the tragic school shooting last week.

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Besides the similarities in playing with time and structure (see also The Prestige and Inception), in Following, Nolan is already zeroed in on his favorite cinematic theme: obsession.

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Crystal, Midler and Tomei recently sat down to speak about parenting, their favorite movies growing up, and whether or not Tomei can play Crystal’s wife.

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The boys return with the next-to-last podcast before the holiday break. This week, Trey discusses the Kansas City Film Critics Circle’s annual awards voting, Eric and Trevan jump into Jack Reacher, the latest from Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, and everyone dives into Judd Apatow’s This is 40 before moving on to Tom Hooper’s take on Les Miserables. [...]

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The 1980s smash-hit stage musical Les Misérables arrives on the big screen in a punishing movie adaptation from director Tom Hooper that may very well prove to be the “adult” equivalent of the Twilight series.

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We have advance passes to see PROMISED LAND in Kansas City and we want you to have them! The screening will take place on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00PM at the AMC Town Center 20.

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The movie is shot from a five-year-old’s point of view, so everything has a magical, dream-like quality to it. You’ve seen tales of courage before, but never one told with such an original, focused eye on the person telling it. By the time ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is over, you may be hypnotized by its strange beauty and individualism, even as you feel the tragic depth of Hushpuppy’s situation.

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The second oldest film critics group in the country tonight named The Master the best film of 2012 during its 46th annual awards meeting. The Master led all films with three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Best Original Screenplay for it’s director Paul Thomas Anderson.

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