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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

It's Hard To Connect With 'Skeleton Twins'

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in 'The Skeleton Twins'

The Skeleton Twins resembles The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in being about a pair of people who simply cannot adjust to problems a lot of people face. Except that the Skeleton twins (I'm not going to explain that title), Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, are positively, literally suicidal from the very start, and there is a clear, though unsatisfactory, suggestion as to how their problems could be faced.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'Eleanor Rigby' Could Use Some Actual Momentum

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, in the version currently circulating, is a cut down two-hour combination of a three-hour double feature that will go into limited release next year, and which I hope we get to see, because the present version left me rather unsatisfied.

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Commentary
11:51 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Time For Tallgrass!

The Tallgrass Film Festival has announced their gala events for this year. Here's a rundown:

Opening Night Gala

Life Itself

October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Documentary from acclaimed director Steve James looks at the life of film critic Roger Ebert

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

A Dismal Tribute To A Star Of The Past

The movie title Cantinflas was the professional name of Mexican comic Mario Moreno, whom Charlie Chaplin called "the best and most beloved comedian in the world," and who surely deserves a better tribute than the movie Cantinflas, which will probably leave you wondering what all the fuss could have been about.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

'Calvary' Provides No Easy Answers

Calvary is of a type with Heaven Is For Real, a movie about a religious subject but not really a religious movie. It isn't trying to sell you anything, except maybe that people are complex and troubled and worthy of sympathy almost whatever they do.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Can You Dig It?

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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The Warriors

September 8 & 9, 7:00 & 10:00 (both nights)

Warren Old Town

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

'Boyhood' Is Eventful, But Lacks Emotional Punch

Writer-director Richard Linklater took 12 years to make Boyhood, because he wanted to show the physical changes in Ellar Coltrane from his first day at school to his graduation from high school 12 years later. And the physical developments of Coltrane and his sister in the movie are fascinating to watch.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

'Journey' Isn't Flashy, But Is Pleasant And Gorgeous

Helen Mirren would prefer crisp asparagus in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

The Hundred-Foot Journey starts out rather unpromisingly, with violence in India and a tyrannical father and one of those tiresome young sons who seems to be in rebellion against everything (at least everything his father suggests).

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Commentary
10:34 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Dudegrass Really Ties The Room Together

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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Gulliver's Travels

August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

75th anniversary screening of the second full-length feature animated film.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Not Much To Hold On To In 'Most Wanted'

This is Philip Seymour Hoffman, but that's about all we know for sure in 'A Most Wanted Man'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

A Most Wanted Man is another one of those gloomy John le Carré spy thrillers in which everybody is venal and ruthless-- maybe in a good cause, but hardly admirable for all of that.

Everybody has secret schemes and counterpurposes till it's difficult to keep track of who is betraying whom, and even if you can tell who you're supposed to sympathize with, it isn't easy to do it.

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