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The 2014 Kansas City FilmFest is underway, and this years line up of films and events is the strongest it’s been in years. Check out just a few of the things you can attend this year. Film titles are active links that will take you to screening times and ticket information. For festival passes and [...]

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Paul Lazarus proposed a documentary that would follow Dean Kamen as he took an invention from idea to implementation. The invention that Kamen was working on was the Slingshot, and it was built to solve the world’s water problems.

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The guy that invented the Segway? Didn’t he drive one off a cliff and die? As it turns out, Dean Kamen, is alive and well and trying to solve the world’s water problems with his new invention, the Slingshot.

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Unfortunately Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah strays from the philosophical, and into the strip-mined territory of fantasy and religious spectacle. At times, this is a Lord of the Rings reboot of The Ten Commandments complete with lava rock versions of the Ents.

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Cryptic and Confusing, ‘Enemy’ Is Almost Brilliant

by Trey Hock on March 21, 2014

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A stellar performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, and the incredible visual styling of director Denis Villeneuve almost save the cryptic and confusing script that undermines Enemy.

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In The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson seems to fully resolve two warring sides of his creative personality, the need to craft exciting visual moments and the ability to build a cohesive long form narrative.

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Tony Revolori plays the young lobby boy in training in Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Scene Stealers contributor, Trey Hock was able to catch up with Tony and asked him a few questions about the experience.

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A Sweet, but Talentless Virgin Finds Love in ‘Adult World’

by Trey Hock on February 28, 2014

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College life is easy, and the real world is hard but rewarding. That’s about all we learn in the new film Adult World a by-the-numbers college-to-adulthood story with a capable cast that includes John Cusack, Emma Roberts, and Cloris Leachman.

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‘Hairbrained’ Is a Likeable, Yet Derivative Film

by Trey Hock on February 28, 2014

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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Hairbrained from director Billy Kent cannot escape its quirky 90s influences to exert much of its own personality.

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‘In Secret’ Boasts a Capable Cast, Offers Guilt Without the Romance

by Trey Hock on February 25, 2014

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The new film In Secret has a lot of things going for it, a great cast that features Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac, excellent art direction, and a script adapted from an Émile Zola novel. Yet for all of its apparent strengths, In Secret falls a bit flat.

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Gloria may sound like a trite ‘life begins at 50′ film, but don’t let the brief summaries fool you. Sebastián Lelio’s film is an incredible character piece, and Paulina García‘s performance as Gloria is amazing.

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Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field in England’ Is a Welcome Head Trip

by Trey Hock on February 7, 2014

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One of the first visionary works of 2014 hits theaters today. A Field in England is Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic allegory about five men who search for a buried treasure.

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Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day came out this past week. Trey had the opportunity to sit down with Joyce Maynard, the author of the novel on which Reitman’s film is based. The conversation covers authorial perspective, the changes that come with adaptation, and even a little about the struggles of single parenting. The full [...]

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Panic Fest 2014: ’24 Exposures’ puts the Awkward into Sexy Thriller

by Trey Hock on February 1, 2014

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24 Exposures from Joe Swanberg feels like one of the contrived sex-driven thrillers from the 90s, replete with terrible acting, unexpected pants-on “sex” scenes, and a mystery that is so uninteresting that I challenge you to even remember it’s still there by the end of the film.

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Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ is Hard Work.

by Trey Hock on January 31, 2014

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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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