Big, colorful, fun & forgettable
Posted 7 days ago

'The Great Wall' won't be winning any awards, but still manages to entertain with a fun story of fantasy and history on a collision course.

Matt Damon Protects ‘The Great Wall’
Strange, yet familiar.
Posted 7 days ago

Stunning visuals and a stark gothic atmosphere can't save the dragging plot in Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness'.

‘A Cure for Wellness’ Boasts Beautiful Imagery But Drags
Skip 'The Babymoon'
Posted 11 days ago

In a fragile relationship, a husband tries to impress his pregnant wife with a luxurious baby moon vacation in the most beautiful, exotic, instagram-able country on the planet but quickly…

‘The Babymoon’ is a trip I’m not sure I want to take
Lego Batman is Glorious
Posted 15 days ago

Considering the recent selections from DC and Warner Bros. it might be easy (and a little premature) to get overly excited and call The Lego Batman Movie the best Batman…

The Lego Batman Movie: Hilarious. Glorious. Exhausting.
John Wick goes to Hell
Posted 15 days ago

Keanu Reeves is back and thanks to some elegantly choreographed action sequences, John Wick: Chapter 2 manages to one-up the original.

John Wick Journeys into Hell for Chapter 2
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‘Rogue One’ Is Just Okay and That’s Okay

by Trey Hock December 17, 2016 Print Reviews
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Rogue One is a fair to middling entrant into the Star Wars cinematic universe, because it cannot commit fully to its own intent, having the confidence that its new characters can win everyone over

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‘La La Land’ Holds Up

by Simon Williams December 15, 2016 Print Reviews
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Normally I write my reviews immediately after seeing the film, but with ‘La La Land’ I did no such thing. After a month, how does it hold up?

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KANSAS CITY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATE (10) FILMS AS THE BEST OF 2016

by Eric Melin December 9, 2016 Blogs

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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‘Fantastic Beasts’ re-kindles Potter magic…kinda

by Tim English November 18, 2016 Print Reviews
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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 the spirit of the original series, but it feels uneven at times and unmotivated at others.

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Welcome the ‘Arrival’ of deep, thought-provoking sci-fi

by Tim English November 11, 2016 Print Reviews
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Villeneuve proves he is a master of transitioning genres delivering a taught mystery ripe with internal conflict. This is a very personal story with huge ramifications, disguised as an alien movie.

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Master of cinema erupts with a doc of anthropology, philosophy, and natural beauty

by Eric Melin November 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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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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Marvel’s magical new hero is ‘Strange’ indeed

by Tim English November 4, 2016 Print Reviews
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Doctor Strange is another home run for Marvel and one of the most visually dazzling movies of 2016.

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‘Uncle Nick’ an unwelcome guest

by Joe Jarosz November 1, 2016 Print Reviews
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Being a raunchy Christmas movie, the obvious comparison Uncle Nick will get is to Bad Santa.

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Win advance screening passes to ARRIVAL in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 31, 2016 Giveaways
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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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Top 10 Military Non-Combatants in Film

by Warren Cantrell October 25, 2016 Top 10s

It takes a pretty serious set of balls to wade into the middle of a war, yet even this courage seems dwarfed by people doing so without the comfort of a weapon to protect themselves. Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of one such non-combatant, and today’s list celebrates the most notable medics and observers that military films have offered over the years. These are the characters that braved the bullets to be at the front, alongside active combatants to help either with their observations, or their life-saving actions.

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You again? Tom Cruise delivers, more or less

by Eric Melin October 21, 2016 Print Reviews
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is as safe as mainstream entertainment gets, but it succeeds in that modest goal and is a welcome respite from the world-destroying robots, disaster films, and apocalypses of late.

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‘Miss Hokusai’ Scratches Just Beneath Greatness

by Simon Williams October 21, 2016 Print Reviews
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Animated film ‘Miss Hokusai’ is a contemplative, rather Zen experience.

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‘A Man Called Ove’ Deserves an Ovation

by Warren Cantrell October 14, 2016 Print Reviews
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Based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, A Man Called Ove is the story of a man who might just as easily have fallen between life’s cracks were it not for the compassion of strangers willing to take a chance on the guy.

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Win advance passes to see JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 11, 2016 Giveaways
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Win advance passes to see JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK in KC!

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‘The Late Bloomer’ should’ve cooked a little longer

by Joe Jarosz October 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down] I had high hopes for The Late Bloomer. It’s a story with a unique spin on the whole horny-teen sex comedy genre. That formula is pretty simple: Teens in high school want to have sex and high jinx ensue trying to make that a reality. This, however, is about a [...]

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