film

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

'Apes' Could Become A Classic of Its Genre

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Ten years after the action of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we have Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Surely, the dawn should precede the rise of anything, but let's not squabble with our blessings-- The Dawn is maybe even better than The Rise was.

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Interview
5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy has many reasons to be happy with her new movie Tammy.

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 Bridesmaids or The Heat, partly because Tammy is a gentle, people-loving movie without satiric edge or the brutality of a police story.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On

Like this year's Heaven Is For Real, the newly released Alone Yet Not Alone is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.

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.

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Commentary
5:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things

So many things could go wrong in this scene from 'Sorcerer'

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.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

July 7, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Pirate adventure that introduced us to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal'

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Both The Rover and The Signal are sort of road movies, though The Signal 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.

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Commentary
4:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top

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.

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Down To The Wire Film Race

June 20 - 22

Tallgrass Film Association

The top 10 entries to the race will be screened at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 on June 22

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Commentary
10:45 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison

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.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

'Her' Is Strangely Believable

Joaquin Phoenix gets to know Scarlett Johansson (that's her in his ear) in 'Her'
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Her is certainly one of the most unusual love stories ever filmed, with Scarlett Johansson as a computer voice and an unrecognizable Joaquin Phoenix as a sort of nerd who falls in love with her, with Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde in little support parts, and Amy Adams very effective in not much more.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Indie Film Guide: The New Fellini?

Toni Servillo in Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Great Beauty'
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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.

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