This is The Endless
Posted 20 hours ago

Opening Friday at Screenland at Tapcade, The Endless is an interesting and well-conceived psychological thriller with heart.

‘The Endless’ Feels Like Anything But
Watching Paint Dry
Posted 5 days ago

In 'Final Portrait', Geoffrey Rush spends weeks getting the ideal job done, painting a dashing Armie Hammer in this otherwise underwhelming film.

‘Final Portrait’ is Style Without Substance
Pretty Bad
Posted 5 days ago

Good intentions aren't enough in this lame comedy from Amy Schumer.

‘I Feel Pretty’…Lousy
In the Woods
Posted 6 days ago

When young Anna escapes from her forest prison, she starts to come of age but under sinister circumstances which have haunted her dreams her whole life.

‘Wildling’ is a Wild Child of a Film
'Rampage': Can't stop the Rock
Posted 11 days ago

[Rating: Minor "The Rock" Fist Down] At this point The Rock is like a virus, spreading through Hollywood remaking old properties in his image. Think Agent Smith in the Matrix…

‘Rampage’: Can’t stop the Rock, unfortunately
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‘Red Sparrow’ is a Red Herring

by Christian Ramos March 1, 2018 Print Reviews

Even if the ‘Red Sparrow’ trailer says you’ll be guessing until the very, very end, the only thing you’ll likely guess is how much more you have to endure.

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No Need to Wax Nostalgic For ‘Nostalgia’

by Warren Cantrell February 28, 2018 Print Reviews

Opening Friday, Nostalgia is an assembled collection of self-important, thousand-yard-stare monologues is a sophomoric meditation on the fleeting nature of existence.

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‘Annihilation’ all shimmer no substance

by Tim English February 25, 2018 Print Reviews
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Annihilation is fun to look at and shows signs of promise early on, but once the shine wears off, it’s clear there’s no substance below the surface.

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‘Game Night’ wins big with clever script

by Tim English February 23, 2018 Print Reviews
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Game Night is a fun, energetic and relentless comedy that defies all of its own cliches, establishing it as the first great comedy of 2018.

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‘Half Magic’ Is Half Baked

by Warren Cantrell February 22, 2018 Print Reviews
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A bad movie with a lot of heart and a good message, Half Magic is a harmless fable about modern, professional women trying to thrive in a man’s world.

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The ’7 Guardians of the Tomb’ Should Stay Buried

by Warren Cantrell February 21, 2018 Print Reviews
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A lazy collection of clichés with almost no personality and even less of a reason to exist, ’7 Guardians of the Tomb’ is a movie without a soul.

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New ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Criterion Blu-ray Kills

by Eric Melin February 19, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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The Criterion Collection has just released a new 4K digital restoration of 1991′s groundbreaking and Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with a 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. And even though it has been ripped off and parodied a thousand times since then, director Jonathan Demme’s unlikely masterpiece retains all of its spooky charm and upholds its torchbearing reputation for having a strong (and complicated) female lead character.

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Why ‘Black Panther’ Is Just Short of Being a Truly Great Movie

by Simon Williams February 16, 2018 Print Reviews

Black Panther is a massive, grandiose, deep film with tons to talk about and handles most of its ideas with quite a lot of grace. It is also about 45 minutes too short to give a lot of those ideas the time they need to be fully explored and okay I said it. There, you happy?

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‘The Female Brain’ is a Messy Subject

by Christian Ramos February 15, 2018 Print Reviews

‘The Female Brain,’ at Screenland at Tapcade now, makes the topic even more of a labyrinth than it already is.

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‘Poop Talk’ Needs No Courtesy Flush

by Warren Cantrell February 14, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening this Friday in limited theatrical release and simultaneously on VOD, Poop Talk is a funny exploration of what it means to be a functioning creature on planet Earth that has to excrete something for everything it takes in.

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Still Shocks 50 Years Later on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin February 13, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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When it comes to hugely influential independent movies, few can lay claim to having the influence of George Romero’s 1968 labor of love Night of the Living Dead. A new 2-disc Blu-ray of the film from The Criterion Collection is a must-have.

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The Painful Delivery of ‘Still/Born’

by Warren Cantrell February 8, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening tomorrow at the Screenland at Tapcade, Still/Born is just what you’d expect from an indie horror-thriller opening in February. It’s interesting, engaging, a little bit terrifying, and a lot bit suspenseful.

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Kansas City’s Most Infamous Oscar Party is Back in 2018!

by Eric Melin February 6, 2018 Blogs

The 90th Academy Awards are March 4, 2018 and your pals at Scene-Stealers and Boom Howdy are hosting the coolest movie party in Kansas City for the sixth year in a row. And, as always, it’s free!

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Polka Ponzi Letdown – Jack Black in ‘The Polka King’

by Eric Melin February 3, 2018 Print Reviews
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Jack Black comes close to self-parody more than once, but there’s an inherent likability to his Lewan, and an enormous curiosity—knowing especially that it’s a true story—in seeing how far he can take it.

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‘Vazante’ Is Dark, Depressing, and Decent

by Warren Cantrell February 2, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening today at the Screenland Crossroads at Tapcade, Vazante is an interesting movie directed by a deliberate, thoughtful filmmaker with something to say.

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