January 2014

It’s problems started with the novel, but Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of Labor Day is sheer wish fulfillment. It plays on the desire to be taken from our humdrum lives by a magical stranger, who solves our problems and makes us feel loved for the first time.

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Raze is a cinematic throwback to the exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the tongue in cheek humor or the thinly veiled fetishizing that made that era of film so interesting and endearing.

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Unfortunately, it’s another in a long line of comedies that has guys behaving badly and treating girls like crap for the entire film and then lets them off the hook towards the end because that’s the structure of the typical romantic comedy — not because any of it makes any sense.

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This weekend the Screenland Armour is the home of Panic Fest, a horror and thriller film fest with vendors that acts as general celebration of everything creepy, crawly, and scary. It’s a great fest for people who like their horror a little more off the beaten path than the latest uninspired remake of whatever classic horror film Hollywood is butchering next.

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We have passes to see the premiere of sexy horror splatterfest PIN-UP GIRLS ON ICE this Friday January 31 at 7:30PM during Panic Fest at the Screenland Armour featuring live Q&A with Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira, the director and producer of the movie!

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We have advance passes to see ROBOCOP Monday, February 10 at 7:30 PM at the AMC Studio 30 in Olathe in we want you to have them!

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If the broad lowest-common denominator comedy Last Vegas is The Hangover of oldster party movies, then the indie feature Old Goats is that genre’s Best in Show.

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Seeing as how we’re just days away from the most holy and precious of all American holidays, the Super Bowl, it seemed altogether appropriate to examine this particular sporting phenomenon in film.

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Ralph Fiennes‘ second feature as director, The Invisible Woman, is a gauzy and beautiful period piece, but the film’s lack of a specific cinematic perspective leaves it wanting.

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Filmed in the docudrama style that has become Paul Greengrass’s trademark, ‘Captain Phillips’ is out now in a Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Combo Pack.

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One year before the death of Martin Luther King Jr., with the civil rights movement in full swing and the black power movement on the way, Hollywood produced a movie that used the classic Hollywood narrative style that people were used to, but in the service of a story they weren’t used to seeing.

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As long as the subsequent films in the franchise avoid turning Ryan into a superhero and keep their plots at least somewhat rooted in reality, the Jack Ryan franchise may stand a fighting chance. At least they finally have the right actor.

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‘Sunrise’ is a reminder of how quickly film language developed into something so remarkable in under 20 years and how few modern filmmakers today take advantage of the innovative concepts that Murnau and his fellow silent-film pioneers perfected.

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Experienced completely through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy named Bud, Terence Davies’ 1992 film The Long Day Closes is a deeply personal impressionistic triumph, out in a dual-format Blu-ray and DVD from The Criterion Collection.

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So many of the people in “Rewind This!’ are 100 percent honest about how success on VHS was about presentation of product, meaning that films were sometimes sold on the basis of a title and cover art alone.

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