Mixed Bag of Jones
Posted 2 days ago

Free State of Jones is not a 100% historically accurate snapshot in time—it has epic span and portrays Knight’s myth through the lens of today’s social climate.

‘Free State of Jones’: Well-Intentioned With Mixed Results
And Away Viggo
Posted 11 days ago

The sold-out event saw Mr. Mortensen receive his SIFF career achievement award as well, and amounted to a brilliant send-off to a festival that clearly saved the best for last.…

SIFF 2016: A Tribute to Viggo Mortensen
Feel the Berns
Posted 15 days ago

'Bang! The Bert Berns Story' is a documentary about the eccentric, troubled, brilliant songwriter/music producer, and despite the fact that it is the work of an obvious ally (Berns’ son,…

SIFF 2016: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Movie Review
The Sour of Babel
Posted 16 days ago

At a time when Russia is once again rattling its international sabre, and clamping down on civil liberties, a documentary exploring one Soviet writer’s persecution at the hands of Stalin…

SIFF 2016: ‘Finding Babel’ Movie Review
Viva La Vanite!
Posted 18 days ago

Currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, Vanity is by far the best film playing there right now, and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has 75 minutes to…

SIFF 2016: ‘Vanity’ (La Vanité) Movie Review
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‘Demolition’ is a Waste of Potential

by Simon Williams April 13, 2016 Print Reviews
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So no, Demoltion isn’t really a good film, but it shines at its most core element.

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Interview: The Cast of ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

by CeeJay Bachus April 13, 2016 Blogs
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After a special early screening and after-party for ‘Everybody Wants Some!!!’ at Kansas City’s Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet last Thursday, we got a chance to chat with Glen Powell, J. Quinton Johnson, and Wyatt Russell.

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‘Midnight Special’ a Potent Mix of Soul and Genre

by Eric Melin April 8, 2016 Print Reviews
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Nichols is in full control of the emotional beats, the raising of the stakes, and the deepening investment by the audience.

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‘Mr. Right’ Flirts With Wrong

by Warren Cantrell April 8, 2016 Print Reviews
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Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell do a decent enough job carrying the picture’s premise, yet they struggle under the weight of the ludicrous madness that bogs down the final act.

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Win advance passes to EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! in Kansas City

by Eric Melin April 2, 2016 Giveaways

A “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused set in the world of 1980 college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: One of those ‘dumb as bricks’ superhero flicks

by Eric Melin March 24, 2016 Print Reviews

All of the uber-muscled, color-drained visual and aural bombast in the world can’t hide the ugly truth about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s dumb as bricks.

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‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a Noisy Bar where Nobody Likes You

by Simon Williams March 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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One good thing about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice? I’m pretty sure a hell of a drinking game can be made around it. Every time Batman crashes into something: take a drink. Every time Lex Luthor monologues about God: take a drink. Every time Lois Lane gets trapped or captured: take a drink.

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Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday: A movie that ages well without growing old

by Eric Melin March 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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What’s interesting about Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is that it must do the impossible: Measure up as a sequel to a true original. By its nature, this latest Pee-wee film retreads some of the same material, though in the most respectful way. That said, it does the best possible job rekindling the spirit of the first.

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‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ and I’m in a Quirky Comedy

by Joe Jarosz March 18, 2016 Print Reviews
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While the third act meanders and loses its way, the movie rights the ship enough for audiences to be satisfied with the end product.

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‘The Program’ and its Problems

by Warren Cantrell March 17, 2016 Print Reviews
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The Lance Armstrong biopic ‘The Program’ is engaging and interesting, yet doesn’t add anything new to a narrative that has enjoyed exhaustive media coverage.

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Un-’Creative Control’

by Joe Jarosz March 17, 2016 Print Reviews

In near future Brooklyn, an ad executive uses a new Augmented Reality technology to conduct an affair with his best friend’s girlfriend…sort of.

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‘The Manchurian Candidate’ a Must-Have Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin March 16, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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At the height of the Cold War, the chilling thought that we couldn’t tell the enemy from ourselves was too much to for audiences, who turned a cold shoulder to The Manchurian Candidate. Now that’s its on Criterion Blu-ray, don’t make the same mistake.

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‘Sisters’ Blu-ray Gets By On Fey and Poehler’s Charm

by Eric Melin March 14, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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It’s easy to fall for Sisters’ natural charm and just let the movie work on you. Sure, it’s a silly premise with all kinds of moments that don’t quite ring true as realistic, but if we’re going to have one more dumb man-child comedy, at least this one has Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in it.

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‘Coming Home’ Blu-Ray Packs a Punch

by Warren Cantrell March 7, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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There’s little fault to find in Coming Home, which tells a heartbreaking story using components of a cultural upheaval that most of the world, China included, knows little about.

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‘The Danish Girl’ On Blu-ray Looks Great But is Flat

by Eric Melin March 3, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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The Danish Girl, out on Blu-ray now, pulls back every time there is an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of Lili’s psyche or an examination on Gerda’s part for the guilt and regret she may feel for encouraging this.

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