Formulaic 'St. Vincent'
Posted 2 days ago

The effortless chemistry of Murray and Lieberher are the main reason that, even at its most clichéd, St. Vincent mostly works.

Formulaic ‘St. Vincent’ Skirts by on Actors’ Charm
The Vanishing Blu-ray
Posted 7 days ago

What is remarkable about The Vanishing is how, like Gone Girl, it reveals much about its central mystery fairly early on in the film. Unlike Gone Girl, it continues to…

Modern Suspense Classic ‘The Vanishing’ on Criterion Blu-ray
Here Come 'The Judge'
Posted 16 days ago

Robert Downey Jr.’s new cinematic vehicle, gives the viewer just enough salt, just enough of the bile of family life, in an attempt to cover the overly manipulative and sentimental…

‘The Judge’ Too Much Sweet, Too Little Salty
Renner: Don't Kill the Messenger
Posted 16 days ago

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua…

Jeremy Renner hopes you don’t ‘Kill the Messenger’
Taming the muse
Posted 23 days ago

[Minor Rock Fist Up] “My muse is not a horse and i am in no horse race and if indeed she was, still i would not harness her to this…

’20,000 Days’ Gets to the Heart of It
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The first 50 to RSVP win passes to see ANNABELLE in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 25, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see the new horror flick ANNABELLE Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse at 10pm.

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Win advance passes to see THE GOOD LIE in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 25, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see THE GOOD LIE Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Cinemark Palace on the Plaza at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Win advance passes to see GONE GIRL in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 24, 2014 Giveaways

We have advance screening passes to see GONE GIRL, starring Ben Affleck and based on the novel from KC’s own Gillian Flynn on Thursday, October 2 at Screenland Armour at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Ultimate List of all Fantastic Fest Movies Available for Streaming!

by George Hickman September 21, 2014 Blogs
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If you’re not able to attend Fantastic Fest but would like to sample previous years, there is no shortage of funny, scary, thrilling, or just plain weird genre content available to stream through common online providers. Here’s the ultimate list:

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‘The Maze Runner’ Leaves You Wishing for an Easier Exit

by Joe Jarosz September 19, 2014 Print Reviews
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There seems to be only three genres for young adult novels that get turned into films: dystopian future where all the kids are fighting for their lives, the standard issued vampire/werewolf love stories, and sick kids falling in love.

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Absurd Delights of ‘Tusk’ are Few and Far Between

by Eric Melin September 18, 2014 Print Reviews
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The problem with Tusk unfortunately is not that its absurd premise can’t make a decent movie, it’s that Smith doesn’t have a screenplay to support more than, let’s say, 30 minutes of screen time.

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Win advance passes to see DRACULA UNTOLD in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 17, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see DRACULA UNTOLD Tuesday, October 7 at the AMC Studio 30 theatre at 7:30 PM and we want you to have them!

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ a Fitting Last Role for Hoffman

by Eric Melin September 13, 2014 Print Reviews
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Philip Seymour Hoffman anchors this John le Carré adaptation and makes it compelling, even when the film’s rambling tendencies threaten to derail it.

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Win advance passes to see A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 10, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES starring Liam Neeson and we want you to have them! The advance screening will take place on Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse. All you need to do to enter for our random drawing is fill out the form below!

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Black Comedies ‘God’s Pocket’ and ‘Borgman’ new on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin September 9, 2014 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

Two darkly comic indie films make their way to Blu-ray from IFC and Drafthouse Films, one steeped in bizarre magical realism and the other a downward spiral in a blue-collar neighborhood.

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Win advance passes to see ‘THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU’ in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin September 9, 2014 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU on Tuesday September 16 in Lee’s Summit, MO and we want you to have them!

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‘Jackpot’ is an Entertaining Foray into Familiar Territory

by Brett Steinbrink September 2, 2014 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Jackpot‘s visually a lot of fun to watch. You know just by looking at the cover of it that it’s got to be a dark comedy of some form, and it delivers on that note spectacularly.

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‘Frank’ as aloof as its hero

by Trevan McGee August 22, 2014 Print Reviews
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[Minor Rock Fist Up] Michael Fassbender plays the titular misfit in Frank, the debut from director Lenny Abrahamson and writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank follows a young wannabe musician named Jon (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who desperately wants to escape his sleepy life for stardom and adoration. As luck would have it, he stumbles upon a [...]

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‘Happy Christmas’ is a welcome dose of reality within Summer’s usual explosions

by Abby Olcese August 22, 2014 Print Reviews
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Happy Christmas, a product of the low-budget, realism-oriented mumblecore movement, is anything but. It’s a small, thoughtful comedy that’s more concerned with believable characters and relationships than it is with highly-scripted dialogue or memorable set pieces.

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A young, talented cellist fights for her life in “If I Stay”

by Joe Jarosz August 22, 2014 Print Reviews
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If I Stay follows Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cellist prodigy as she faces the biggest decision of her teenage life, does she stay with punk rock family and boyfriend in Portland or head east to attend school at the esteemed Juilliard.

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