Mostly Fantastic Beasts
Posted 14 days ago

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably like...the ninth best Harry Potter film. That's not to say it isn't good; it's actually a lot of fun and maintains…

‘Fantastic Beasts’ re-kindles Potter magic…kinda
Welcome the 'Arrival' of deep, thought-provoking sci-fi
Posted 21 days ago

[Rating: Rock fist WAY up] Language is a funny thing. Being able to truly establish a benchmark for clear and concise communication is key to building a healthy relationship based…

Welcome the ‘Arrival’ of deep, thought-provoking sci-fi
Go Into the Inferno
Posted 25 days ago

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.

Master of cinema erupts with a doc of anthropology, philosophy, and natural beauty
Stranger Things
Posted 28 days ago

Doctor Strange is another home run for Marvel and one of the most visually dazzling movies of 2016.

Marvel’s magical new hero is ‘Strange’ indeed
'Uncle Nick' an unwelcome guest
Posted 31 days ago

Being a raunchy Christmas movie, the obvious comparison Uncle Nick will get is to Bad Santa.

‘Uncle Nick’ an unwelcome guest
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‘Blair Witch’ fancy remake skips scary stuff

by Tim English September 16, 2016 Print Reviews
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Blair Witch is pretty much a roided up remake of the original, except it’s not scary.

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Solid Hanks boosts ‘Sully’ flight status

by Tim English September 9, 2016 Print Reviews
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Sully is good, just not great. But thanks to another fantastic performance from Tom Hanks, it’s a promising start to awards season.

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‘Southside With You’ Decent But Lacking

by Warren Cantrell August 28, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘Southside With You’ is an engaging, interesting peek into the lives of two influential people, played by a couple of actors who do a superb job slipping into characters much of the world knows quite well.

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‘Hell Or High Water’ Runs Deep

by Alex Ward August 19, 2016 Print Reviews
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But from its nerve-racking opening, through a series of darkly comedic bank heists, and all the way to its quiet climax, Hell Or High Water is a tightly constructed film that smartly tweaks Western tropes while leaving viewers exhilarated.

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‘Sausage Party’: A food orgy of stupidity

by Tim English August 12, 2016 Print Reviews
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Sausage Party is yet another dumb stoner comedy from Rogen and his idiot friends. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing at all wrong with a good stoner animated comedy. We need these, I get it. But this feels like something these boys would have done years ago. Aren’t they past this phase in their careers yet?

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‘Joshy’ and friends provide a painful good time

by Joe Jarosz August 12, 2016 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up] Joshy opens at AMC Town Center and is available through Hulu and other places on demand today. The five guys in Joshy are a mess. One just got dumped from a 10-year-relationship. One cheated on his wife. Another wanted to cheat on his wife and has control issues. The fourth [...]

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‘Indignation’ Is Insightful, Interesting, and Intense

by Warren Cantrell August 10, 2016 Print Reviews
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Indignation is a smart, well-crafted story about young adulthood and what it means to be smart and stupid all at the same time.

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WIN ADVANCE SCREENING PASSES TO BEN-HUR in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin August 10, 2016 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see the epic BEN-HUR at B&B Overland Park 16 and we want you to have them!

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‘Suicide Squad’ is on another level

by Simon Williams August 4, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘Suicide Squad’ basically made Simon lose his mind.

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Damon returns to badass form in ‘Jason Bourne’

by Tim English July 28, 2016 Print Reviews
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Jason Bourne is a slow-burn of an action flick that unfolds as one of the best action movies of the year

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Star Trek Beyond: Fast, Furious, Boring

by Alex Ward July 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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Star Trek Beyond is easily the most bone-headed, silly, and action-packed of the rebooted franchise.

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‘Lights Out’ is stupid and I love it

by Simon Williams July 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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For awhile after seeing ‘Lights Out’ I wondered if my enjoyment of the film was for not entirely respectable reasons, if I enjoyed it for reasons closer to that of an MST3K film than that of a truly solid genre effort. But you know what? If something is fun I’m gonna tell the world it’s fun, and dammit this film is fun.

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‘Hunt for Wilderpeople’ finds fun film

by Joe Jarosz July 22, 2016 Print Reviews
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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

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‘The Music of Strangers’ better than it has any right to be

by Simon Williams July 22, 2016 Print Reviews
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I enjoyed The Music of Strangers quite a lot. It’s no masterpiece, nor necessarily worth multiple viewings, but it’s a strong effort from a fine documentarian.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Fun Despite Many Flaws

by Tim English July 15, 2016 Print Reviews

The good news is this movie isn’t the abomination the prognosticators predicted. It’s funny, which is all that matters and yes, it’s pretty dumb. No, it’s not destined for instant classic status, but it doesn’t tarnish the Ghostbusters name — Ghostbusters II already did that years ago.

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