Clichés of Life
Posted 4 days ago

When it sticks to what it’s supposed to be doing, 'Life' is genuinely nerve-wracking. The problem is it constantly wants to pretend its something its not and every time the…

Clichés Flatline Sci-Fi Homage ‘Life’
Bloated Beast
Posted 11 days ago

Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful-looking recreation of the Disney animated classic but ultimately lacks the charm of the original.

Bloated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remake Enjoyable, But Lacks Original Charm
Bill Paxton's Next to Last
Posted 13 days ago

Mean Dreams belongs to Bill Paxton, and speaks to a criminally underutilized dramatic talent now lost to the world.

‘Mean Dreams’ Are Made of These
Jackie Blu-ray
Posted 14 days ago

Jackie isn't standard biopic fare, but instead a hugely resonant examination of conflicting emotions, grief in the spotlight, and the blurry lines between real people and myth-making.

‘Jackie’ is as Engrossing as Ever in New Blu-ray DVD Combo
Mindless but fun
Posted 18 days ago

Kong Skull Island is the perfect mental escape, although emotionally empty, if you are in need of some CGi spectacle before the summer officially kicks off.

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Pushes Mindless Sensory Overload
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xXx: Vin Diesel Returns in the Sequel Nobody Asked For

by Tim English January 20, 2017 Print Reviews
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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage may be dumb, but there’s something so ridiculously stupid about it that it kinda makes you wanna hang around and watch the idiocy unfold.

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Another M. Night Shyamalan Twist Cannot Save ‘Split’

by Jason Ridder January 20, 2017 Print Reviews
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M. Night Shyamalan’s new psychological thriller sets up an interesting new character, but falters and drags while trying to tell his story.

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‘Patriots Day’ The Movie: Too Soon to Capitalize on Tragedy?

by Tim English January 13, 2017 Print Reviews
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Patriots Day is a solid flick, even if the movie itself doesn’t deliver the emotional impact it should.

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Another Familiar Horror Story from ‘The Bye-Bye Man’

by Jason Ridder January 13, 2017 Print Reviews
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The Bye-Bye Man is a paint-by-numbers horror movie featuring too-familiar elements that have been repeated over and over in the genre.

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Don’t Pick Up When ‘A Monster Calls’

by Eric Melin January 6, 2017 Print Reviews
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While the destination reached by the end of A Monster Calls is probably a good place for any child to be, it’s not a very rewarding journey getting there.

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2016 in Film According to Simon

by Simon Williams January 5, 2017 Blogs
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Why do I do this? Why do I spend this much time and mental energy on this fruitless task? Why doesn’t my mother look me in the eye anymore? I don’t know! Let’s talk 2016!

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‘JACKIE’ IS JUST RIGHT

by Warren Cantrell December 21, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘Jackie’ is the story of one woman’s attempt to put the pieces of her life back together following an unspeakable tragedy, and what that means when one is doing it on the biggest, most public of stages.

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‘MANCHESTER BY THE SEA’ WINS 3 KANSAS CITY FILM CRITICS AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

by Eric Melin December 18, 2016 Blogs
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Manchester by the Sea was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest critics group in the country.

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‘Rogue One’ Is Just Okay and That’s Okay

by Trey Hock December 17, 2016 Print Reviews
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Rogue One is a fair to middling entrant into the Star Wars cinematic universe, because it cannot commit fully to its own intent, having the confidence that its new characters can win everyone over

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‘La La Land’ Holds Up

by Simon Williams December 15, 2016 Print Reviews
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Normally I write my reviews immediately after seeing the film, but with ‘La La Land’ I did no such thing. After a month, how does it hold up?

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KANSAS CITY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATE (10) FILMS AS THE BEST OF 2016

by Eric Melin December 9, 2016 Blogs

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest film critic organization in the United States, released their list of nominees for the Best Film of 2016.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ re-kindles Potter magic…kinda

by Tim English November 18, 2016 Print Reviews
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably like…the ninth best Harry Potter film. That’s not to say it isn’t good; it’s actually a lot of fun and maintains the spirit of the original series, but it feels uneven at times and unmotivated at others.

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Welcome the ‘Arrival’ of deep, thought-provoking sci-fi

by Tim English November 11, 2016 Print Reviews
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Villeneuve proves he is a master of transitioning genres delivering a taught mystery ripe with internal conflict. This is a very personal story with huge ramifications, disguised as an alien movie.

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Master of cinema erupts with a doc of anthropology, philosophy, and natural beauty

by Eric Melin November 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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Let’s be clear: There is enough remarkable footage of hot magma bursts and erupting volcanoes to make any straight-up nature documentary jealous. But Herzog’s interests are cultural.

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Marvel’s magical new hero is ‘Strange’ indeed

by Tim English November 4, 2016 Print Reviews
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Doctor Strange is another home run for Marvel and one of the most visually dazzling movies of 2016.

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