movies

Commentary
5:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

The Babadook Comes To Wichita

Noah Wiseman and Essie Davis in 'The Babadook'

    

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 Babadook

January 30, 31; 7:00, 9:15 & 11:30

Palace Theatre

Wichita Big Screen

Highly acclaimed and decorated 2014 Australian horror film

 

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Aniston Is Unusually Real In 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston in 'Cake'

Some people can accomplish remarkable things despite the fact that they are in constant physical pain-- John F. Kennedy, for example.

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Commentary
11:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Smallgrass!

 

 

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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"Smallgrass" Film Festival

January 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exploration Place

Tallgrass Film Association

Day-long family film festival includes Animalopolis, Babe, and Belle & Sebastian

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Theme And Character Are One In 'Selma'

Since about the only negative criticism of the movie Selma involves its historical accuracy, let's start with that.

It is accused of misrepresenting President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his relations to Martin Luther King's famous and influential marches from Selma, Ala., to Washington, D.C., in the early '60s, and of attributing to Johnson the origin of J. Edgar Hoover's idea of audiotaping King's sex life and sending the tapes to King's wife, when it was actually Robert Kennedy who had come up with the idea years earlier.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu January 8, 2015

'Big Eyes' Is Excellent, With One Big Exception

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in 'Big Eyes'

Before saying anything about Big Eyes, the new Amy Adams movie, let me say something about her co-star, Christoph Waltz.

I can barely tolerate him.

I'll give him his Academy Awards for Django Unchained, in a part obviously tailored for him, but his other Oscar, for Inglourious Basterds, will ever be a mystery to me because he seemed like a pure slice of Teutonic ham, completely out of touch with everything else in the film.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu January 1, 2015

'Imitation Game' Lacks Focus, But Is Still Outstanding

The Imitation Game got top ratings from the two people I talked to in the lobby, but to me it seemed overburdened with subthemes and lacking a central spine.

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Commentary
10:55 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Tallgrass For The New Year

Edward Snowden, subject of the documentary 'Citizenfour'

  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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Citizenfour

January 11, 3:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Screening kicks off the Tallgrass Film Association's Indie at the Orpheum series.

 

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu December 25, 2014

'Wild' Is Completely Absorbing

Wild is the only movie I've reviewed that kept me so involved that I didn't finish my popcorn.

And all it's really about is Reese Witherspoon reenacting the true story of a woman who walked the 1000-mile Pacific Coast Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington state to see if she could shake loose from the depression caused by a pretty shabby lifestyle and the death of the only worthwhile person in it-- her mother, played by Laura Dern.

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Movie Review
5:30 am
Thu December 18, 2014

'Exodus' Is A Bizarre Spectacle

Exodus: Gods and Kings is a rather peculiar version of the story of Moses.

It includes the 10 plagues, including the plague of crocodiles, and a really spectacular parting of the Red Sea, though Moses seems to have little to do with any of these things. But it doesn't totally dodge the supernatural-- it shows God Himself as a little boy who just sort of hangs around watching Moses write the Ten Commandments and never says much of anything.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

'Interstellar' Has Plenty Of Flaws, But It's Never Boring

Well, people kept asking about it, so I finally went and saw Interstellar and found it much better than I had expected.

Its science is pretty ridiculous, and the last hour does not fit too well with the first two, but if it is looked at as fantasy instead of science fiction, it holds up pretty well. And it certainly is never boring for its full three hours.

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