From Good to Trainwreck
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The Coens'Hail, Caesar! disappoints us, Deadpool is a pleasant HARD R surprise, and Zoolander 2 is a deuce.

Keeping Room Blu-ray
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A lean story with some unlikely poignancy, with director Daniel Barber squeezing the most suspense out of it possible. There's not a lot of twists and turns; it's just one…

It’s Worth Visiting ‘The Keeping Room’ on Blu-ray
A Minor Threat
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Hail Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannsen, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, personal favorite Ralph Fiennes and features small turns from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and…

“Hail, Caesar!” is a Minor Coen Brothers Effort
3 Cheers for 45 Years
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Like a long marriage, 45 Years isn’t an easy journey by any means, yet it is one definitely worth taking.

’45 Years’ + Quiet Desperation = The English Way
The World of Kanako
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Director Tetsuya Nakashima is hellbent to that end in The World of Kanako, his ultra-violent, ultra-stylized 2014 extreme revenge flick. It was released in America last fall by Drafthouse Films…

Punishing, Stylized ‘The World of Kanako’ Makes a Blood-Spattered Splash on Blu-ray
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Win advance screening passes to see ANOMALISA in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin January 12, 2016 Giveaways

We have advance passes to see ANOMALISA and we want you to have them!

The movie will screen on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

Enter the random drawing here.

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‘The Revenant’ is the Best Mess of the Year

by Simon Williams January 7, 2016 Print Reviews

The Revenant is one of the most ambitious films in recent memory and one of the best pictures of the year. Go see it. It’s worth your time and money.

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2015 in Film according to Simon

by Simon Williams January 5, 2016 Features
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I thought I’d just remind myself (and you, dear readers) of every film I saw in 2015.

Every. Single. One.

Let’s do this.

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Catch ‘Experimenter’ – One of 2015′s Best – Now on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin January 4, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Experimenter is one of the best and most overlooked films of the year, and definitely worth catching up with as soon as possible.

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Make a Date For ‘The Hateful Eight’

by Warren Cantrell January 1, 2016 Print Reviews
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Those that don’t have the capacity to find some sliver of perverse humor in point-blank headshots, projectile blood vomiting, aggressive rape scenes, and cold blooded murder probably won’t like The Hateful Eight. That’s their loss, though, for the rest of us that have followed Tarantino on his cinematic gallop through the last 20-plus years have come to expect nothing less, and in the director’s eighth offering, he most certainly does not disappoint.

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‘Youth’ Full Of Yearning

by Warren Cantrell December 29, 2015 Print Reviews
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Although there are discernible arcs and some level of growth for a few of the characters, ‘Youth’ is all so on-the-nose and force-fed that the whole affair comes off as decidedly manufactured and plastic.

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‘The Force Awakens’ Is Good, But Not Star Wars

by Simon Williams December 26, 2015 Features
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The Force Awakens is an action film. It feels like Star Wars but it isn’t Star Wars.

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‘Carol’ a Heartbreaking and Uplifting Love Story

by Warren Cantrell December 25, 2015 Print Reviews
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An expertly crafted drama with impeccable performances, a tight script, stunning set and costume designs, and a brisk yet thoughtful pace, director Todd Haynes’ newest film, Carol, soars.

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“The Danish Girl” Disengages

by Warren Cantrell December 25, 2015 Print Reviews
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At nearly three hours, one laments the wasted opportunity, for there is ample time, directorial muscle, and acting horsepower to walk the line between cinematically engaging and broadly digestible.

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Why I Resigned From the BFCA Over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

by Eric Melin December 22, 2015 Blogs
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In order for a professional critics body to have integrity, nomination and voting guidelines must be consistent with the way they were laid out at the beginning of the process. Nominating “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for Best Picture does not follow those guidelines, and re-ignites a loophole for this kind of thing to happen every year.

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Win advance passes to THE REVENANT in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin December 22, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see THE REVENANT in Kansas City and we want you to have them!

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KANSAS CITY FILM CRITICS NAME MAD MAX: FURY ROAD THE BEST FILM OF 2015 AT 50TH ANNUAL JAMES LOUTZENHISER AWARDS

by Eric Melin December 21, 2015 Blogs

Mad Max: Fury Road was chosen as the Best Film of 2015 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country. The winners were announced yesterday during a ceremony at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Kansas City.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Cinematic Comfort Food

by Trey Hock December 19, 2015 Print Reviews
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For months now, people online and off have been speculating, hoping, disavowing their interest in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So with so much non-film related stuff swirling around J.J. Abrams latest installment of the Star Wars serial, how is one to offer any insightful critique of The Force Awakens?

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a love note to the original trilogy

by Trevan McGee December 17, 2015 Print Reviews
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As a spectacle, as pure entertainment, The Force Awakens delivers. Its pace is near break-neck, but it rarely feels rushed. The climax manages to feel bigger-than-life and starkly intimate at the same time. And people will be talking about the movie’s big plot points for months.

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KANSAS CITY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 50TH ANNUAL JAMES LOUTZENHISER AWARDS

by Eric Melin December 16, 2015 Blogs

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic organization in the country, released their nominees for the 50th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards, recognizing the best in film for 2015.

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