Thin Lizzie
Posted 1 day ago

A somber retelling of an American tragedy projected through the #MeToo lens, Lizzie is a 100+ year-old tale that feels right at home in 2018.

‘Lizzie’ Gets in Her Whacks
Unswayed
Posted 3 days ago

'The Song of Sway Lake' is a harmless trifle of a film about the weight of memory as seen through the prism of wistful longing.

‘The Song of Sway Lake’ is Out of Tune
The Good Wife?
Posted 1 week ago

In 'The Wife' Glenn Close delivers a strong performance - a wife on the end of her ropes destined to let go of all the secrets she and her husband…

‘The Wife’ Stands By Her Man
'Mandy' Un-Caged
Posted 1 week ago

'Mandy' is a blood-spattered, acid-dosed fever dream of a film that takes far too long to rev up, but never lets its foot off the pedal when it does.

‘Mandy’ and the Ultimate Cage Match
Naked Drama
Posted 3 weeks ago

Ostensibly a tale about long-distance romance, 'Juliet, Naked' boasts strong performances and an introspective charm.

‘Juliet, Naked’ Needs No Cover
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‘Half Magic’ Is Half Baked

by Warren Cantrell February 22, 2018 Print Reviews
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A bad movie with a lot of heart and a good message, Half Magic is a harmless fable about modern, professional women trying to thrive in a man’s world.

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The ‘7 Guardians of the Tomb’ Should Stay Buried

by Warren Cantrell February 21, 2018 Print Reviews
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A lazy collection of clichés with almost no personality and even less of a reason to exist, ‘7 Guardians of the Tomb’ is a movie without a soul.

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New ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Criterion Blu-ray Kills

by Eric Melin February 19, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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The Criterion Collection has just released a new 4K digital restoration of 1991’s groundbreaking and Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with a 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. And even though it has been ripped off and parodied a thousand times since then, director Jonathan Demme’s unlikely masterpiece retains all of its spooky charm and upholds its torchbearing reputation for having a strong (and complicated) female lead character.

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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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