"Clouds of Sils Maria"
Posted 1 day ago

A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Can’t Hide this Gem
It's hard to move and it stinks
Posted 2 days ago

If these costumed super heroes are truly the gods of our time and the films that they are in each summer are our contemporary mythological canon, then these films should…

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is a beached whale of a film
Sullivan Travels far
Posted 4 days ago

In the classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels, available now in a sterling new digital restoration on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, writer/director Preston Sturges stumps for the value of pure,…

Criterion Blu-ray of ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ Showcases Sturges’ Poignancy
Top 10 Movies That Stole The Song
Posted 5 days ago

The movie has taken complete ownership of the track, lock, stock, and barrel for all eternity. The moment someone hears one of these songs, they can’t help but be transported…

Top 10 Movies That Stole The Song
Making the Case
Posted 7 days ago

You can’t blame Laugh Killer Laugh for reaching hard to come across as a gritty crime film in the vein of numerous East Coast crime movies, because the film achieves…

Making the Case For ‘Laugh Killer Laugh’
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‘Furious 7′ redlines absurdity

by Trevan McGee April 3, 2015 Print Reviews
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Furious 7 is exactly what you’d expect if you’ve seen any of the later entries in the franchise, watched any of the trailers, seen the poster with the parachuting car or heard Diesel’s claim about it winning Best Picture – genre ridiculousness with a couple of good stunts.

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Donate to KC Air Guitar and get a badass t-shirt!

by Eric Melin April 2, 2015 Blogs

Kansas City is the center of the country and its the heart of competitive air guitar. Celebrate all the awesome airness in KC with this limited edition t-shirt, designed by the Iron Dragon himself, Justin Fox.

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Non-urban Noir ‘Ride the Pink Horse’ Stuns on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin March 30, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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With this new Criterion Blu-ray (and DVD) reissue, Ride the Pink Horse should take its place among the film noir genre as one of the greats.

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Spaghetti Western Blu-ray Re-Issue ‘Day of Anger’ Gets Deluxe Treatment

by Nick Spacek March 30, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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If you’re looking to get beyond Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name films and want to explore the world of Italian Western cinema, this is an excellent start. As part of Arrow’s first batch of releases here in the United States, they’ve managed to hit it right out of the park.

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Not Always Easy to go “Home”

by Joe Jarosz March 27, 2015 Print Reviews
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Will a child enjoy this movie? Of course. It’s colorful, sweet and has plenty of moment’s that a child’s sense of humor will enjoy. The parents, on the other hand, may think to themselves they could’ve spent their time better.

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Top 10 Movie Characters That Got Owned by Prison

by Warren Cantrell March 24, 2015 Top 10s
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This week sees the release of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s new movie, Get Hard, a comedy about a wealthy business magnate who tries to get himself ready for an upcoming prison stint. Today’s list is a celebration of this classic movie trope, and explores some of the best examples of characters who had a particularly rough time on the inside.

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Win advance passes to see GET HARD in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin March 20, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see GET HARD on Tuesday, March 24 at Cinemark Merriam 20 and we want you to have them!

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‘Unfinished Business’ is Just That

by Joe Jarosz March 6, 2015 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down] At the midway point of Unfinished Business, I had realized where I had seen this movie before. A business owner and his team travel the country, to make sure a deal gets done. Along the way, there’s another company trying to sabotage their deal. Other hijinx ensue, including an accident with [...]

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‘Mr. Turner’ a Visually Resplendent, Slow-Burn Character Study

by Eric Melin February 27, 2015 Print Reviews
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Mr. Turner covers 25 years of the contradictory painter’s life, and it often feels like it, moving at a languorous pace over its two-and-a-half hours. Like it’s subject, however, the film has an irascible charm.

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Criterion Restores ‘Fellini Satyricon’ on Blu-ray for Better or Worse

by Eric Melin February 27, 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Whether Fellini Satyricon is a paean to excess or a reflective deconstruction of ancient myths and legends, one thing is for sure: It isn’t driven by a strong narrative or what one would consider effective acting, in any sense. Instead, its a series of stagey set pieces that happen to feature one of a couple main characters, loosely strung together by theme.

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Win advance passes to FOCUS in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to see FOCUS on Wednesday, February 25 at AMC Barrywoods at 7:30pm and we want you to have them! All you have to do is go here and enter the random drawing for passes!

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Win advance passes to UNFINISHED BUSINESS in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have advance passes to UNFINISHED BUSINESS starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson on Wednesday, March 4 at Screenland Armour at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Win advance passes to THE LAZARUS EFFECT in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin February 23, 2015 Giveaways
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We have passes to see THE LAZARUS EFFECT on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM at AMC Independence and we want you to have them!

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ Should Travel Back to When it was Funnier

by Joe Jarosz February 20, 2015 Print Reviews
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Traveling 10 years in the future, Lou, Nick and Jacob set out to investigate who tried to kill Lou.

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Film Adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ could have been great…

by Trey Hock February 13, 2015 Print Reviews
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As a film, Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s version of Fifty Shades of Grey is a not good, not terrible adaptation of E.L. James‘ wretched book. As a cultural event, Fifty Shades is a tragic missed opportunity.

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