Jim Erickson

Movie reviewer

Jim Erickson has been KMUW's film reviewer since 1974. He came to Wichita State University in 1964 from the University of Texas in Austin. He taught narrative in literature and film from 1966 until his retirement in 1997. His favorite film is Citizen Kane.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu May 21, 2015

'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Name

Something wild this way comes

Wild Tales is two things that are rare on the big screen, at least in Wichita: a feature made up of short stories and a subtitled movie, in Spanish from Argentina. But it leaves today, which is too bad, because it's really interesting, although not notably exciting, because the short-story format doesn't allow for much emotional buildup.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu May 14, 2015

'D Train' Doesn't Deliver On Its Promise

James Marsden and Jack Black in 'The D Train'

  The D Train starts out looking like a good deal of chuckle-type fun and maybe even some laughs out loud-- nothing particularly original, but an enjoyable reworking of material that is familiar but always entertaining.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu May 7, 2015

'Avengers' Is Pretty Much What You Expect

So much avenging

To be fair, let's start by admitting that Avengers: Age of Ultron is not my kind of movie, and I went to it only because nothing else opened last Friday. And it was pretty much what I expected and almost exactly what a lot of people will want.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 30, 2015

'Ex Machina' Is Unusually Convincing

Ex Machina is interesting throughout, considerably more believable than most artificial-intelligence movies, but a little hard to review without giving away too much. So let me start by just warning you not to assume you know what's coming until it's already come and gone, and even then you may not know why it happened.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 23, 2015

'True Story' Is A Real Mystery

Jonah Hill and James Franco aren't here to make you laugh this time.
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I'm neither embarrassed nor afraid of spoilers when I admit that I didn't understand everything that went on in the new Jonah Hill and James Franco movie True Story, because I don't think I was supposed to understand it all.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Pacino Is Exceptional In 'Danny Collins'

Danny Collins is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy-drama made exceptional by a remarkably restrained performance by the usually over-the-top Al Pacino.

He plays an aging rock star whose style has become so outdated that his sellout audiences feature expanding waistlines, bald heads and grey hair, and at one point it is suggested that his audience is too old to be out as late as 9 p.m.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Furious 7' Is An Absurd Delight

I mean, how could you not love this?
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Even people who have had driver's licenses long enough to think of cars as transportation instead of thrill rides might get a kick out of the sheer preposterousness of the latest Fast and Furious movie.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 2, 2015

'It Follows' Is Effectively Creepy

It Follows is a pretty effective horror movie that may be too mysterious for its own good.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Gunman' Wastes Potential

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'

Actor Sean Penn has been so deeply involved in the social problems of Africa that it seems odd that he has gotten himself into as shallow a movie about Africa as The Gunman.

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Movie Review
5:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Run All Night' Will Leave You Tired And Confused

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Based on my unsupported hunch that Liam Neeson action thriller should be a little better than most action thrillers, I would guess that Run All Night pretty well justifies my avoidance of action thrillers in general.

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