movies http://kmuw.org en 'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy http://kmuw.org/post/tammy-shows-new-side-mccarthy <p>Melissa McCarthy has many reasons to be happy with her new movie <em>Tammy</em>.</p><p>She produced, co-wrote and stars, and her husband co-wrote, directed and takes an important small role as the boss who fires her and starts the whole thing going. McCarthy is also more attractive both in her physical appearance and in the character she plays than she was in either <em>Bridesmaids&nbsp;</em>or <em>The Heat</em>, partly because <em>Tammy</em>&nbsp;is a gentle, people-loving movie without satiric edge or the brutality of a police story.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson & Jim 37178 at http://kmuw.org 'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy 'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On http://kmuw.org/post/alone-doesnt-have-much-going <p></p><p></p><p>Like this year's <em>Heaven Is For Real</em>, the newly released <em>Alone Yet Not Alone</em> is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.</p><p>The one-sheet poster says, "Their faith became their freedom," and the end notes identify one support character as, "the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America," but in fact there is little reference to God or faith, even when prayer would seem to be called for.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 36846 at http://kmuw.org 'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-exploding-trucks-quirky-pirates-and-fish-monster-things <p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p><em><strong>Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl</strong></em></p><p>July 7, 7:00 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/306/the-curse-of-the-black-pearl/">Orpheum Theatre</a></p><p>Pirate adventure that introduced us to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:52:42 +0000 Fletcher Powell 36829 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal' http://kmuw.org/post/unfortunate-similarities-mar-rover-and-signal <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Both <em>The Rover</em> and <em>The Signal</em> are sort of road movies, though <em>The Signal </em>eventually turns into a sort of science fiction movie, and both of them end with sort of surprises, which in neither case is very satisfying.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 36492 at http://kmuw.org Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal' 'Dragon' Is Enjoyable, Despite Lack Of Surprises http://kmuw.org/post/dragon-enjoyable-despite-lack-surprises <p></p><p></p><p><em>How To Train Your Dragon 2</em> is a typically enjoyable, superior animation with most of the usual pluses of the form and only a few typical minuses. It's conventional in story and thin on characterization, pictorially beautiful, generally comic, and modest as to any ambition beyond entertainment.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 36132 at http://kmuw.org 'Dragon' Is Enjoyable, Despite Lack Of Surprises Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-race-top <p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p>Down To The Wire Film Race</p><p>June 20 - 22</p><p>Tallgrass Film Association</p><p>The top 10 entries to the race will be screened at the <a href="http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/302/down-to-the-wire-showcase/">Orpheum Theatre</a> at 7:00 on June 22</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:57:17 +0000 Fletcher Powell 36115 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top 'Belle' Is First-Rate In Nearly Every Way http://kmuw.org/post/belle-first-rate-nearly-every-way <p></p><p></p><p><em>Belle</em> is a very compact and complicated movie, and if your hearing is as bad as mine, you will want to ask the ticket booth for a free set of headphones because you won’t want to miss any of the dialogue, which is so well written that you’ll have no trouble following the numerous plots and themes.</p><p>Belle, beautifully played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is an orphan, mixed-race, and a love child born out of wedlock, and all three conditions are important as she comes to live with Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson in England in 1769.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 35776 at http://kmuw.org 'Belle' Is First-Rate In Nearly Every Way Turturro's 'Gigolo' Is Full Of Surprises http://kmuw.org/post/turturros-gigolo-full-surprises <p></p><p></p><p><em>Fading Gigolo</em> is a four-star movie, or almost, and a good deal different from what you might expect.</p><p>For one thing, <em>Fading Gigolo</em> is written and directed by John Turturro-- Woody Allen co-stars with Turturro , but neither writes nor directs. And while the premise is Allen promoting and managing Turturro's career a companion with privileges for lonely women, it is not particularly sexy.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 34431 at http://kmuw.org Turturro's 'Gigolo' Is Full Of Surprises 'Oculus' Is First-Rate Horror http://kmuw.org/post/oculus-first-rate-horror <p></p><p>There would seem to be some disagreement about the new horror movie <em>Oculus</em>. I would give it a top four stars, the Wichita Eagle gave it three, and the three ladies I talked to after the show varied from one who gave it four out of a possible five, and the other two who gave it between two and three.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 34120 at http://kmuw.org 'Oculus' Is First-Rate Horror Indie Film Guide: A Packed Schedule http://kmuw.org/post/indie-film-guide-packed-schedule <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><i>Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.</i></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p></p><p><em><strong>Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating an American Masterpiece</strong></em></p><p>May 7, 7:00 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/297/passion-prejudice-and-south-pacific/">Orpheum Theatre</a></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Fletcher Powell 34116 at http://kmuw.org Indie Film Guide: A Packed Schedule