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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5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Movie Review: Mud

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Mud is a first-rate little drama of life among the lower classes, a little like Winter's Bone, and maybe a good deal more subtle than it seems at first glance.

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5:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Movie Review: Oblivion

Tom Cruise broods in Oblivion
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Friday's "Go!" section in the Eagle said some things so generic to current movies that I have half a mind to make a rubber stamp of it to use as a template for future reviews.

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5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Movie Review: Trance

James McAvoy in "Trance"

Even with a little help from some people in the audience, I'm not sure I can say that Trance makes complete sense.

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5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Croods

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The Croods is a quite enjoyable animation that might have been a little better if it had made up its mind what it wanted to do and worked a little harder to avoid repetition.

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5:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

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Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

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7:27 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Movie Review: The Call

Halle Berry in The Call
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The Call does, as accused, turn in the end from a first-rate police procedural about how the 911 emergency system operates into a story of first-person heroics by Halle Berry.

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5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

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Oz the Great and Powerful is a fun movie not unworthy to be a successor-- as a prequel-- to the great MGM movie of 1939. It isn't as good as The Wizard of Oz, but what is?

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6:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Movie Review: 21 & Over

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The makers of the Hangover movies have titled their new movie 21 & Over, supposedly because it is about the loss of innocence and gain in adulthood bestowed by one's 21st birthday.

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5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Movie Review: Snitch

What with all the recent gabble about Academy Awards and all, it may seem a little trivial to talk about a little movie like Snitch.

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5:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Movie Review: Amour

Amour is a masterpiece of super-realistic movie making that I can all but promise you will not soon forget, or ever want to see again.

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