Eric Melin

“Wild” breaks the mold of other trip-as-self-discovery films with a refreshing honesty.

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We have advance passes to see THE GAMBLER Thursday, December 18 at 7:30pm at Screenland Armour and we want you to have them!

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We have advance passes to see THE INTERVIEW Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00 PM at AMC Barrywoods and we want you to have them!

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Both Whiplash and Nightcrawler are models of fast-paced, engaging storytelling that leaves a mark.

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We have advance passes to see NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB on Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 AM at Phoenix Legends 14 and we want you to have them!

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We have advance passes to see THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES in 3D and we want you to have them!

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TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie. Written, directed , and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.

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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire.  Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

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Frank Capra is one of classic cinema’s most famous directors. His movies from the 1930s and 40s epitomized American ideals and attitudes like few other. Two of his best pre-World War II movies are newly available on Blu-ray.

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There are a few hard-nosed, pointed remarks from Hawking—one of the most brilliant minds of the century—and very few truly selfish moments, despite the fact that even as a purely inspirational figure, he’s earned them. The same goes for Jones’ Jane, whose sacrifices just keep piling up. This renders the portrayals, however remarkable the performances are, too saintly and mawkish.

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It’s no news to fans of the young-adult book series by Suzanne Collins that this third movie only covers a portion of her third novel, which is par for the course, I suppose, for a film that contains a both a colon and a hyphen in its title. But even in the Star Wars series, which now retroactively features the word “Episode” in each title, the films themselves had a form of resolution. Sometimes there were cliffhangers, sure, but the emotional journey and theme of each film were wrapped up by film’s end.

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L’avventura is the film that gave Antonioni a name. The film was booed at its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, but at the second viewing of the film, it was greeted quite enthusiastically, and then finally awarded a Special Jury Prize for “the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language.”

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We have advance passes to see HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 in Kansas City and we want you to have them! The advance screening is Thursday, November 20 Dickinson Palazzo 16 (8601 W. 135th St., Overland Park) at 7:30 pm and all you have to do to enter the random drawing for passes is go here. Synopsis: [...]

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In films like 21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, he revels in the misery of his characters and then contrives to make them even more miserable. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of misery and pretentiousness in Birdman (which is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) but its mostly psychosomatic—and often played for laughs, which is a new thing for Iñárritu.

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We have passes to see DUMB AND DUMBER TO starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30PM at the Alamo Drafthouse and we want you to have them!

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