movies

Commentary
7:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Dazzling Artistry of 'The Book of Life'

I'm a little embarrassed to be giving such a rave review to a movie about which I have so little to say.

But The Book of Life fascinated me so much with its style that I took almost no notes on it and can't say much about its themes or even its plot. Its style is beyond my powers of description and I can think of only one movie I can compare it to-- and I'm not sure that one ever went into wide release, though it is available on DVD.

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Commentary
7:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Time For Scary (?) Movies!

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in 'Young Frankenstein'

 

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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Young Frankenstein

October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

'Messenger' Is Fascinating But Hardly Balanced

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.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

'Gone Girl' Is First-Rate, If Not Totally Believable

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.

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Commentary
10:29 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The October Festival Circuit

Toshiro Mifune (right) as Sanjuro the samurai in 'Yojimbo', playing at the Tallgrass Film Festival

  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!

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Tallgrass Film Festival

Full Festival Guide

Festival lineup by showtime

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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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