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The films of Noah Baumbach have two constants, his love of New York and his obsession with moments of transition. His latest film Mistress America is no different, though more…

‘Mistress America,’ Another Delightful Love Letter to NY and Growing Up from Noah Baumbach
'We Are Your Friends'
Posted 2 days ago

Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.

‘We Are Your Friends’ and we play good music
The World Ends in 'Zachariah'
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Z for Zachariah is a post-apocalyptic story of survival.

The World Ends in ‘Zachariah’
'Best of Enemies'
Posted 7 days ago

Best of Enemies examines the televised debates between intellectuals William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, which coincided with the presidential primaries of 1968.

Personalities Clash in ‘Best of Enemies’
Less filling
Posted 9 days ago

Jesse Eisenberg stars in American Ultra, a spy movie/stoner movie hybrid that plays a lot like if Jason Bourne worked at the same convenience store as Dante and Randal.

‘American Ultra’ Doesn’t Cut It
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Quirky ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ Shines on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin July 24, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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My Beautiful Laundrette, out now in a new, restored 2K digital transfer on Criterion Blu-ray, takes place in a specific setting and with such specific characters that, even though the place and time feels very unfamiliar, is rendered relatable with an expressionistic tone by a humanistic director who coached some true, raw performances — including one from then up-and-comer Daniel Day-Lewis.

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‘Southpaw’ Movie Review

by Eric Melin July 24, 2015 Print Reviews
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It’s the deeply earnest performances from Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams — and the natural tendency to get behind the underdog — that keeps Southpaw going, even when a crushing inevitability hangs over the entire movie.

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Win advance passes to see VACATION in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin July 20, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see VACATION on Thursday July 23 at Cinemark 20 at 7:30 pm and we want you to have them!

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‘Ant-Man’ a Small Wonder

by Eric Melin July 17, 2015 Print Reviews
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Rudd is his usual likable self, and he’s perfect for a role that requires a lot of exasperation. He’s an everyman that’s easy to root for from the get-go, and his droll sense of humor allows him to comment on the stranger goings-on with the appropriate amount of “WTF?”

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Davis and Lopez Shoot Through ‘Lila & Eve’

by Scott Pewenofkit July 17, 2015 Print Reviews

Lila & Eve is an interesting exploitation/psychodrama about a grieving mother who takes the law into her own hands after her son is killed in a drive-by shooting.

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‘Trainwreck’ Does Just Enough Differently

by Eric Melin July 16, 2015 Print Reviews

Trainwreck still follows lots of typical rom-com formulas, but it also proves that there is still life left in these formulas, as long as there is true chemistry and tiny subversions along the way.

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Win advance passes to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin July 15, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION on Monday, July 27th at Cinemark Merriam at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Win passes to see SOUTHPAW in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin July 13, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to SOUTHPAW on Tuesday, July 21st at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Two Fantastic Noirs on One Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin July 12, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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The 1927 Ernest Hemingway short story The Killers was adapted to film twice in a span of less than 20 years, producing two fantastic films which share some of the same themes, but in every other respect couldn’t be farther apart. The fact that The Criterion Collection has updated their previously issued double-movie DVD and has just released it on Blu-ray is real cause for celebration.

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Win advance passes to see PIXELS in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin July 8, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see PIXELS (3D) Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 PM at Phoenix Legends and we want you to have them!

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‘Pit Stop’ Blu-ray/DVD Re-issues Forgotten Art-house Stock-Car Flick

by Nick Spacek July 6, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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While this might be least-known of director Jack Hill’s efforts, even within the pantheon of work he did for Corman’s New World Pictures, it’s definitely worth a closer look.

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Surreal ‘Valerie and her Week of Wonders’ on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin July 3, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

On the surface, this 1970 movie from Czech New Wave auteur Jaromil Jireš seems like a softcore porn Alice in Wonderland but without quite enough nudity to qualify.

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Honest Awkwardness Is Key to Success of ‘The Overnight’

by Trey Hock July 2, 2015 Print Reviews
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Written and directed by Patrick Brice, The Overnight is a sex comedy that takes on the issue of two couples sexually comingling. It is strange, awkward, and works brilliantly because of Brice’s brutally honest approach to the curiosity and insecurity that plagues each of us.

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Top 10 Things The Terminator Franchise Has Taught Us About Life

by Warren Cantrell June 30, 2015 Top 10s
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Today’s list is an exploration of all the known truths of the Terminator universe, for while the quality of each installment has varied over the years, certain commonalities have not.

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A Visually Compelling Approach to an Old Chestnut, ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

by Trey Hock June 27, 2015 Print Reviews
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has a few nuances that are interesting and make it a welcomed newcomer to the dying teen genre, but still holds onto some worrisome tropes that keep it from rethinking the genre in a meaningful way.

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