movies

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'
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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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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Braff Wastes Opportunities In 'Wish I Was Here'

Maybe they're laughing with him and not at him?
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One myth Hollywood will never give up is that a desire to be in show business is a divine calling never to be outgrown.

In Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's character cannot support his family and apparently peaked his acting career with a dandruff commercial. His wife, Kate Hudson, asks him whether his dream of playing a costumed comic-book superhero is the only dream his family of four is allowed, and his father, Mandy Patinkin, tells him that at some point he has to support his family.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Another Take On Summer Movies

'George Washington,' David Gordon Green, 2000

For a lot of people, “summer movie” means action, superheroes, things blowing up, buildings falling down.

I like that stuff, too. I won’t lie about that.

There’s another kind though. And I’ll admit that these movies play to a far smaller audience than those big-budget thrill-fests. But for me, they’re the kind of movies that really capture something about summer. The heat, the sort of aimlessness some of us feel without the constraints of school, and the real rhythms of life.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

It's Hard To Care About Anyone In Ensemble 'Third Person'

A good cast with nothing to do in Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'
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Two viewings of the movie and discussions with six other viewers failed to uncover anybody who claimed to understand Third Person. I suspect that a third viewing would have led me to a pretty complete understanding, but Third Person is nowhere near good enough to sit through three times.

But I can give you a few hints that might help you get through it with less bewilderment than the seven of us suffered.

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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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