Warren Cantrell

It is especially baffling when a movie has all the high-end acting talent in the world and still finds a way to shit the bed. Here’s the 10 biggest offenders, from novelist and Scene-Stealers contributor Warren Cantrell.

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‘Almost Human’ an Almost Watchable Alien Abduction Slasher Movie

by Warren Cantrell on March 7, 2014

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A well-intentioned 80’s-style slasher flick with gore and action to spare, Almost Human is never quite able to rise above the amateur-hour filmmaking traps in which first-time director Joe Begos repeatedly finds himself.

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New Movie Review: On ‘The Outsider’ Looking In

by Warren Cantrell on February 8, 2014

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It’s tough when actors you respect force you to say bad things about the movies they are in, but, alas, that’s the nature of the business.  The Outsider is a new film that boasts a handful of respectable actors, among them James Caan, Jason Patric, and Craig Fairbrass, yet they’re given so painfully little in [...]

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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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Today’s list was meant to celebrate those movies that gave their audiences a Santa Claus character, and made him an important part of the picture.

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Powerful and Frightening Message Elevates ‘God Loves Uganda’

by Warren Cantrell on November 14, 2013

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The International House of Prayer, based right here in Kansas City, has ulterior motives in Uganda besides missionary work. Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams new documentary ‘God Loves Uganda’ is an interesting look at the result of their efforts.

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A Coppola Family Conversation, or ‘The Bling Ring’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 21, 2013

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Scene-Stealers’ west-coast correspondent, Warren Cantrell, has been largely silent since his last SIFF 2013 dispatch. It should be noted that this is due in large part to the trauma he endured during that Film Festival’s screening of The Bling Ring: a movie that threw Mr. Cantrell into a frozen state of petrified shock from which the man is only just now beginning to emerge.

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ An Amusing Trifle

by Warren Cantrell on June 21, 2013

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Swaddled in the good graces of its literary source, Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing works in spite of itself. Whedon shot this black and white adaptation in just twelve days, and cast actors well known to fans of Firefly, Buffy, and The Avengers, making it a veritable Whedon reunion.

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Our Seattle correspondent Warren Cantrell sits down with Kieran Darcy-Smith, the director of Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price.

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‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 14, 2013

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Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, examines WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, and asks a number of difficult questions about privacy, national security, and information access in the 21st century.

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SIFF 2013: ‘Last I Heard’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 12, 2013

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Truly, in the post-Sopranos era, it is a daunting task to do a mob movie, yet it’s one director David Rodriguez bravely tackles with his newest feature, ‘Last I Heard.’

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SIFF 2013: ‘The Moment’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 12, 2013

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‘The Moment’ sets the audience loose in a world where images suddenly mutate and transform from moment to moment, and flashbacks that cover the same interaction change to something different nearly every time they’re is recalled.  At the center of all this is Jennifer Jason Leigh, playing a physically and emotionally scarred war correspondent.

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SIFF 2013: ‘Her Aim Is True’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 12, 2013

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Rock and roll photography is a delicate art, and according to the documentary Her Aim Is True, nobody was doing it better than Jini Dellaccio in the mid-to-late 1960s.

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Yes, three and a half weeks on, and the 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival is finally in the books. Frequent visitors to Scene-Stealers these last couple of weeks likely noticed a slew of reviews for films playing at the festival, and might have been even more surprised to see so many positive remarks, yet the evidence bore it out: this was one hell of a year for cinema at SIFF!

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SIFF 2013 – ‘Wish You Were Here’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell on June 10, 2013

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The success of ‘Wish You Were Here’ lies with actors Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and director Kieran Darcy-Smith’s thoughtful directing and visual choices, for the scenes all evoke a particular tone that seems appropriate to the moment.

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