Eric Melin

Nicholas Ray would go on to make In a Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, and most famously, A Rebel Without A Cause. The new Criterion Blu-ray of They Live by Night proves that his filmmaking was assured and iconoclastic right from the beginning.

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We have advance screening passes to see the new horror movie WISH UPON in Kansas City and we want you to have them!

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We already knew Ozu’s 1932 silent comedy ‘I Was Born, But…’ was a classic, but a new Criterion Blu-ray of that and his 1959 re-imagining ‘Good Morning’ may restore its reputation as well.

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Just like Fats Domino’s “Let’s Twist Again,” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 can’t play the same familiar chords with lesser lyrics and expect the same results. It isn’t quite the revved-up rallying call for outcasts that the first one was, so this sequel is best approached with lower expectations.

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Made directly following Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, Rumble Fish has similar young adult coming-of-age source material, but Coppola’s approach to the material is very, very different. It’s out on Blu-ray from Criterion now.

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This Criterion Blu-ray from the new 2K restoration, and with all of it’s supplemental features, is the definitive version of the film. For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.

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Nacho Vigalondo knows his premise is ridiculous, so while he challenges audiences to take it at face value, he also asks them to consider the real issues and perspective that lie beneath what’s actually happening onscreen. Doing that deepens the experience and makes Colossal a sneakily subversive film that demands to be considered seriously.

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‘Toni Erdmann’ is funny, unpredictable, and delectable throughout its entirety. It is with no small amount of anger, however, that I must report that  Blu-ray edition is being released only as “Manufactured on Demand.”

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Jackie isn’t standard biopic fare, but instead a hugely resonant examination of conflicting emotions, grief in the spotlight, and the blurry lines between real people and myth-making.

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KC Oscar Party 2017

by Eric Melin on February 2, 2017

in Blogs

The 89th Academy Awards are February 26, 2017 and your pals at Scene-Stealers, Boom Howdy and the Lost in Reviews Podcast are hosting the coolest movie party in Kansas City for the fifth year in a row. And, as always, it’s free!

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While the destination reached by the end of A Monster Calls is probably a good place for any child to be, it’s not a very rewarding journey getting there.

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Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country.

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The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic organization in the United States, released their list of nominees for the Best Film of 2016.

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Let’s be clear: There is enough remarkable footage of hot magma bursts and erupting volcanoes to make any straight-up nature documentary jealous. But Herzog’s interests are cultural.

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We have advance screening passes to see ARRIVAL on Tuesday Nov. 7 in Kansas City at AMC Studio 28 and we want you to have them!

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