Video Reviews

Oblivion isn’t a total loss, but it is disappointing not only to see the film abandon the interesting sci-fi issues around its central love triangle, but also see it devolve into a series of hackneyed action-movie cliches — including some really insulting third-act dialogue.

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If you’ve seen the trailer, you are probably expecting an action-based crime thriller where a frustrated local cop (Bradley Cooper) chases down a mysterious motorcycle bandit (Ryan Gosling) who’s been robbing banks. Luckily, there’s a lot more to the movie than that.

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking with Dave Hall about ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ and ‘Air Guitar Nation’ at the Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City.

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking with Alexis Del Cid about ‘Stoker.’

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking with Dave Hall about ‘Oz the Great and Powerful.’

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking with Alexis del Cid about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Michael Haneke’s multiple-Oscar nominee Amour.

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking about the time he spent as a zombie extra on Warm Bodies, along with clips from the movie.

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What makes Zero Dark Thirty such a fascinating film is that it plays both as an engaging procedural thriller and a serious examination of the country’s moral compass. It is already doing what great movies do—starting conversation.

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‘This is 40′ is a messy and consistently funny movie filled with authentic anxieties about middle-aged life. It’s easy to forgive movies that ramble as much as this film does when they keep supplying laughs.

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As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience.

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ is a well-plotted mystery thriller filled with tough-guy talk, a simmering romance, and exciting action. But along the way to becoming the fun, disposable piece of Hollywood trash that it is, it has a scene or two that may turn the stomachs of those still reeling from the tragic school shooting last week.

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Despite some minor missteps, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey feels like welcoming an old friend into your home. He may ramble a bit and slightly overstay his welcome, but hanging out with him reminds you of why you’re friends in the first place.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ favors the character side of things way more heavily than plot. It’s all the more complex and interesting for it, but calling this movie a thriller at all is a bit of a stretch.

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in the new quirky romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, which is getting lots of Oscar buzz. Especially since comedies are generally undervalued by awards voters, the attention is well deserved.

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A new movie based on the 2001 international bestseller by Yann Martel hits theaters today and is one of the most visually dynamic films of the year. But does it hold up in the story department? In a word, yes.

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