Recycled Roar
Posted 3 days ago

 [Rating: Swiss Fist]  Twenty-five years ago, Jurassic Park was released around the world and quickly became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and changed cinematic technology by bring…

The Park is Closed in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’
Collusion in Bad Acting
Posted 3 days ago

An adaptation of a famous Russian play, 'The Seagull' never gets off the ground.

‘The Seagull’ is Fowl Play
No Flat Notes
Posted 11 days ago

'Hearts Beat Loud' is a candid, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman when you’ve lost your mother and your father…

No flat notes in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Mostly Incredible Again
Posted 12 days ago

'Incredibles 2' sports inventive choreography, amazing animation detail, and stylish production design that beg to be seen on the big screen. It's recycled main conflict is the only thing keeping…

‘Incredibles 2′ Amplifies Everything From Predecessor, Mostly for Better
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Posted 17 days ago

'Ocean's 8' provides thrills and delight in this new heist film with an all-star cast that even you would be okay stealing from you.

‘Ocean’s 8′ Is A Good Old-Fashioned Heist Thriller
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Why ‘Black Panther’ Is Just Short of Being a Truly Great Movie

by Simon Williams February 16, 2018 Print Reviews

Black Panther is a massive, grandiose, deep film with tons to talk about and handles most of its ideas with quite a lot of grace. It is also about 45 minutes too short to give a lot of those ideas the time they need to be fully explored and okay I said it. There, you happy?

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‘The Female Brain’ is a Messy Subject

by Christian Ramos February 15, 2018 Print Reviews

‘The Female Brain,’ at Screenland at Tapcade now, makes the topic even more of a labyrinth than it already is.

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‘Poop Talk’ Needs No Courtesy Flush

by Warren Cantrell February 14, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening this Friday in limited theatrical release and simultaneously on VOD, Poop Talk is a funny exploration of what it means to be a functioning creature on planet Earth that has to excrete something for everything it takes in.

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Still Shocks 50 Years Later on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin February 13, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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When it comes to hugely influential independent movies, few can lay claim to having the influence of George Romero’s 1968 labor of love Night of the Living Dead. A new 2-disc Blu-ray of the film from The Criterion Collection is a must-have.

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The Painful Delivery of ‘Still/Born’

by Warren Cantrell February 8, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening tomorrow at the Screenland at Tapcade, Still/Born is just what you’d expect from an indie horror-thriller opening in February. It’s interesting, engaging, a little bit terrifying, and a lot bit suspenseful.

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Kansas City’s Most Infamous Oscar Party is Back in 2018!

by Eric Melin February 6, 2018 Blogs

The 90th Academy Awards are March 4, 2018 and your pals at Scene-Stealers and Boom Howdy are hosting the coolest movie party in Kansas City for the sixth year in a row. And, as always, it’s free!

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Polka Ponzi Letdown – Jack Black in ‘The Polka King’

by Eric Melin February 3, 2018 Print Reviews
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Jack Black comes close to self-parody more than once, but there’s an inherent likability to his Lewan, and an enormous curiosity—knowing especially that it’s a true story—in seeing how far he can take it.

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‘Vazante’ Is Dark, Depressing, and Decent

by Warren Cantrell February 2, 2018 Print Reviews
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Opening today at the Screenland Crossroads at Tapcade, Vazante is an interesting movie directed by a deliberate, thoughtful filmmaker with something to say.

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New G.W. Pabst Re-issues on Criterion Blu-ray Make a Powerful Statement

by Eric Melin February 1, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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These two brand-new 2K digital restorations prove that Pabst’s true calling was socially charged drama with a serious anti-war bent.

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Panic Fest 2018: ‘Midnighters’ offers decent tension despite uneven script

by Tim English January 28, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Midnighters’ is decent flick with a few loose threads that keep it from being the tightly wound thriller it aspires to be.

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Panic Fest 2018: ‘Lowlife’ is Tarantino on Speed

by Christian Ramos January 25, 2018 Print Reviews
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At Panic Fest 2018 now, ‘Lowlife’ takes your adrenaline and boosts it in an intense and bloody thrill-ride even Tarantino would love.

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‘Hostiles’ Is A Hot Potato

by Warren Cantrell January 25, 2018 Print Reviews
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This Scott Cooper western starring Christian Bale grapples with themes of post-war reconciliation, genocide, honor, and transcending notions of “other.”

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Panic Fest 2018: ‘The Cured’ is Slower than a Zombie

by Christian Ramos January 25, 2018 Print Reviews

Showing at Panic Fest this weekend in Kansas City, ‘The Cured’ starring Ellen Page, is a zombie movie as sociopolitical allegory.

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The Blunt Force of ‘The Post’

by Eric Melin January 20, 2018 Print Reviews
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There’s no doubt that the free press plays an essential role in a democracy, and the timeliness of this picture can’t be disputed. It’s just too bad Spielberg doesn’t trust his audience enough to let them come to those conclusions on their own.

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A Weak Effort for ’12 Strong’

by Christian Ramos January 18, 2018 Print Reviews

Not even Thor himself on a horseback or the great cast of Michael Shannon, Michael Peña or Trevante Rhodes who is severely underused here, could help this movie out.

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