State officials on Thursday put on hold the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's purchases of two large parcels of land in northeast and southeast Kansas over concerns about the timing of the sales and lack of legislative input.
The state finance council delayed its decision after several legislators on the council said some of their colleagues questioned the purchases. The council includes top House and Senate leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Out of the Furnace is rated by Entertainment Weekly as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.
But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.