June 2013

Having been available only on VHS and a bare-bones MGM “limited release” on-demand DVD since 2011, the Shout! Factory Blu-ray re-issue of Rolling Thunder is something to celebrate.

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The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – Armageddon (1998) – Saturday, July 6th at 2:00 p.m.

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The movie is so phenomenally average and uninspired, if you didn’t know it was behind the same people who did Bridesmaids you would assume it was done by a different, less talented group of people.

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Where ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ struggled to be Michael Bay-style action porn, director Roland Emmerich’s movie has a far better sense of humor and an understanding of the complete ridiculousness of its entire premise. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is dumb as dirt at times, but at least it knows this.

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This week, Eric Melin is a no-show, while Trey and Trevan welcome Matt Lloyd to fill in for our air guitar king. We talk about The Heat, the new film from Paul Feig, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. After that, Trey talks about the documentary Dirty Wars, a stirring documentary from Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley. If you [...]

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We have advance passes to see GROWN UPS 2 on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at the AMC Independence and we want you to have them!

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How much do you love Animal House? I ask because the team behind Monsters University obviously holds it high regard. Over the years everything from Sydney White to Futurama has aped the story of rival fraternities battling it out on a college campus. Now it’s Pixar’s turn.

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The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – Point Blank (1967) – Saturday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m.

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This week, our west coast correspondent Warren Cantrell joins us to talk about The Bling Ring, the latest film from Sofia Coppola. Warren and Trey Hock have incredibly differing opinions on the film, so the two of them hash it out, in a thoughtful discussion.

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Anthony Ladesich‘s The Icarus 1 is an exceptional piece of filmmaking that makes the most of its five minutes and builds an engaging story through its visuals.

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As we watch Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring we should be horrified at what we see, and know that there is no end in sight.

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Had Much Ado About Nothing come from a young director just beginning their career, it would seem an exciting, yet flawed introduction. Coming from Joss Whedon, one of the biggest and most established directors of our time, it seems stupid.

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There is an investigative aspect to the movie for sure, where Pitt and what is left of the American military and leadership explore options and hunches, but World War Z gets most of its mileage out of first-person danger. How would you react if fast-moving zombies were suddenly swarming you? What split-second decisions would you make?

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Scene-Stealers’ west-coast correspondent, Warren Cantrell, has been largely silent since his last SIFF 2013 dispatch. It should be noted that this is due in large part to the trauma he endured during that Film Festival’s screening of The Bling Ring: a movie that threw Mr. Cantrell into a frozen state of petrified shock from which the man is only just now beginning to emerge.

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Swaddled in the good graces of its literary source, Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing works in spite of itself. Whedon shot this black and white adaptation in just twelve days, and cast actors well known to fans of Firefly, Buffy, and The Avengers, making it a veritable Whedon reunion.

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