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
5:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Movie Review: Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig dances, plotlessly, in 'Frances Ha'
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I hope this does not represent a trend, but for the second week in a row I must try to review a movie that has no plot whatsoever.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

Michael B. Jordan in 'Fruitvale Station'
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SPOILER ALERT: I cannot review Fruitvale Station without giving away the ending, so if you’re planning to see it and don’t want to know what happens, you might want to stop here.

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5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Our heroes prepare to battle the dragons, or fish, or whatever they're supposed to be, in 'Pacific Rim'
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Pacific Rim qualifies as almost the ultimate special-effects sci-fi movie in that it involves almost no plot and includes almost nothing but robots and monsters the size of 25-story buildings. And it proves that you don’t need a plot to be illogical and inconsistent.

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5:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger is first-rate for comedy in the beginning, action at the end, and a totally new interpretation of Tonto by Johnny Depp.

It falls short because its main plot seems intended to be separate revenge stories of the Lone Ranger's and Tonto's, but in the end turns into a railroad story; the interpretation of the Lone Ranger is lame; and it is inconsistent in tone and even topic.

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5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Movie Review: The Heat

Biff-- er, Captain Woods-- tries to separate our heroes in 'The Heat'
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The Heat is an unusual buddy-cop movie in that the odd couple cops are women-- it's also unusual in being very funny indeed, and has a plot that pretty clearly hangs together, though it does not particularly feature credibility.

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6:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Movie Review: The East

The East is a superior movie partly because it is somewhat original, but mostly because it takes its subject and its characters seriously and skirts what would seem to be almost inevitable clichés.

There is nothing particularly new about Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Zal Batmanglij, taking a job as an infiltrator of a subversive group that is sabotaging the efforts of a big corporation; but the treatment of the group is unusually and very effectively objective and serious.

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5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Movie Review: Before Midnight

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke continue their long talk in 'Before Midnight.'
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In 1995, in Before Sunrise, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy met in Vienna and parted under the romantic idea that if they were intended for each other, they would meet again.

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2:00 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Movie Review: Man Of Steel

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What's the point of reviewing Man of Steel beyond saying it is, one, typical of the comic book genre; and, two, disappointing in all aspects except special effects?

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5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Movie Review: The Internship

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn stare into the abyss
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Many moons ago, I read somewhere about Google's way of treating its employees, which was almost like pampered children-- with free food, and weight rooms, and office compounds very much like amusement parks.

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6:26 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Epic

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There are animators who could give Pixar a run for its money, and among them are the makers of Epic.

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