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.


Young Frankenstein

October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre



'Messenger' Is Fascinating But Hardly Balanced

Oct 16, 2014

Kill the Messenger is a pretty good political movie about what happened to a reporter who revealed illicit dealings of the CIA in Los Angeles, especially the bitter revenged imposed on him with--at the very minimum--the full acquiescence of the U.S. government. Its biggest flaw is that it's so utterly one-sided, but the facts it is based on are apparently undeniable now.

Ben Affleck's new movie, Gone Girl, is two-and-a-half hours long, but has plot enough for two-and-a-half miniseries. And wonder of Hollywood wonders, it all hangs together, albeit in a rather incredible series of stories. It relies on coincidences and does not obsess about believability, but it's certainly not boring or predictable. The two people I discussed it with and I all rated it three-and-a-half stars or a maximum four, and I shared with one of them a desire to read the book.

  The Tallgrass Film Festival runs from October 15th - 19th, but there's also a horror movie festival running throughout the month. Details on both below!


Tallgrass Film Festival

Full Festival Guide

Festival lineup by showtime

It's Hard To Connect With 'Skeleton Twins'

Oct 2, 2014

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.

'Eleanor Rigby' Could Use Some Actual Momentum

Sep 25, 2014

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.

Time For Tallgrass!

Sep 24, 2014

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


A Dismal Tribute To A Star Of The Past

Sep 4, 2014

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.

'Calvary' Provides No Easy Answers

Aug 28, 2014

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.

Can You Dig It?

Aug 27, 2014

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.


The Warriors

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

Warren Old Town