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Exposition-Heavy ‘Numbers Station’ Wastes Cusack

by Abby Olcese on April 26, 2013

in Print Reviews,Reviews

In the movie, John Cusack plays Emerson Kent, an emotionally broken-down CIA black ops agent who’s been assigned a shift babysitting numbers-station broadcaster Katherine (Malin Akerman), who is somehow a sought-after cryptography expert, despite having dropped out of college.

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KC FilmFest 2013: ‘Graceland’ and ‘The Jogger’

by Abby Olcese on April 16, 2013

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Graceland, the second feature from director Ron Morales, features a story that isn’t necessarily new to American audiences, but it’s set in a place that is. Morales’ kidnapping thriller unfolds in the Philippines

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KC FilmFest 2013: ‘The Central Park Five’

by Abby Olcese on April 16, 2013

in Print Reviews,Reviews

The Central Park Five is a documentary (appearing on PBS tonight) about five young men wrongly accused of rape and assault in New York in 1989. It’s a story that will make you disappointed in humanity and righteously angry at those responsible for incarcerating the wrong people.

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KC FilmFest 2013: ‘It’s A Disaster’

by Abby Olcese on April 15, 2013

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In It’s a Disaster, writer-director Todd Berger presents a situation most of us would consider a personal potential catastrophe in our heart of hearts, and turns it into an actual disaster movie.

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KC FilmFest 2013: ‘One Small Hitch’ Movie Review

by Abby Olcese on April 10, 2013

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Kansas City FilmFest 2013 starts tomorrow at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet , and here’s a review of one of the festival’s films, a romcom called ‘One Small Hitch.’

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The very compelling documentary ‘The Gatekeepers’ opens in Kansas City this weekend. Here’s a review of ‘The Gatekeepers’ from the recent True/False Festival!

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True/False 2013: Leviathan is the most metal documentary you will ever watch about commercial fishing. Winter Go Away! is an impressive array of journalism and good filmmaking.

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True/False Film Fest: ‘No’ and ‘Stories We Tell’

by Abby Olcese on March 2, 2013

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Thursday is True/False Film Fest’s official opening, but Friday is when Columbia, Missouri’s surprising gem of a festival really gets the party kicked into high gear.

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Ben Wheatley’s overlooked movie ‘Down Terrace’ is basically a surprisingly funny mumblecore movie with a focus on guns and murders instead of self-indulgent whining and indie-pop music. The film feels real without ever feeling boring, or sacrificing the hardness of the story for mushy feelings.

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Overlooked Movie Monday: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

by Abby Olcese on January 2, 2012

in Columns,Overlooked Movie Monday

‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’ joins the ranks of films like ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘A Simple Plan’ as a movie that successfully mixes entertainment and a lesson on the consequences of greedy desperation.

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“Black Death” is one of those movies that just kind of came and went, with very little hype or marketing, stretched out over a long period of time. Those people who noticed it at all probably (like me) confused it with “Season of the Witch,” since the plots are very similar, and both trailers started [...]

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Movie Review: Family Instinct

by Abby Olcese on March 10, 2011

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Movie review of “Family Instinct” : a shocking, emotionally intense work directed by Andris Gauja.

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This is a list of the best creative partnerships in film history. Top 10 Cinematic Partnerships:

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Top 10 "That Guys"

by Abby Olcese on August 3, 2010

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We’ve all had that moment. You’re watching a movie when all of a sudden a familiar face pops up. They’re not in a leading role, and may only be on screen just long enough for you to recognize their face. You may not even be sure where you’ve seen this person before, but you know [...]

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Why “Pontypool” didn’t become a huge cult hit during its initial theatrical release is beyond me. It got good reviews from critics who know what they’re talking about (Noel Murray, Kim Newman, Mark Kermode and David Edelstein, to name a few). It made a good run on the festival circuit, playing at both SXSW and [...]

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