movies

Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Furious 7' Is An Absurd Delight

I mean, how could you not love this?
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Even people who have had driver's licenses long enough to think of cars as transportation instead of thrill rides might get a kick out of the sheer preposterousness of the latest Fast and Furious movie.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 2, 2015

'It Follows' Is Effectively Creepy

It Follows is a pretty effective horror movie that may be too mysterious for its own good.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

At Long Last, 'The Wrecking Crew' Is Here

The Wrecking Crew at work

 

    

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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Flash Gordon

March 27 & 28; 6:30, 9:00 & 11:30

Wichita Big Screen

Palace Theatre

 

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Gunman' Wastes Potential

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'

Actor Sean Penn has been so deeply involved in the social problems of Africa that it seems odd that he has gotten himself into as shallow a movie about Africa as The Gunman.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Kicking Off A Few New Series

Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner'

    

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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Blade Runner: The Final Cut

March 16 & 17, 7 & 10 p.m. (both days)

Wichita Big Screen "Return of the Cults" series

Warren Old Town

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'Second Best' Nearly As Good As The First

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, like most sequels, may not be quite as good as its original, but it's not far from it, a warm little character comedy that looks as if it was made by people who like people, and that's a rare quality these days.

The ensemble cast is much the same as in number one, and there are half a dozen love stories plus the question of Dev Patel's determination to buy another hotel. Obviously, the Marigold Hotel is doing well under Patel and Maggie Smith's management.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Rethinking 'Birdman'

Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'

Because of all the fuss about Birdman, I saw it again and must admit I have a lot more respect for it on the second try.

I think by original review was too concerned about the transitions between scenes of the past and mental action and shifting points of view, and I didn't concentrate on the scenes themselves, which seem to work together pretty clearly to represent the complexities of a complicated world full of complicated people trying to work together.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Cold Movies For Cold Weather

THIS is cold.
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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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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Still Alice' Is Worth The Difficulty

Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'

Still Alice is a movie masterpiece that is not a pleasant experience to watch.

Julianne Moore slowly disintegrates from Alzheimer's before our eyes, and her performance is so compelling that I, at least, kept telling myself, "This is only a movie, I can escape it soon."

But you really can't. We all know that people are going through this dreadful process every day, and none of us can feel safe from it ourselves.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu February 19, 2015

'Fifty Shades' Improves On The Novel

I and a prominent Wichitan, whose name I did not ask for permission to use, agreed that the movie of Fifty Shades of Grey is nowhere nearly as bad as the Rotten Tomatoes and other reviews make it out to be, and I can personally testify that it is very much better than E.L. James' all-but-unreadable novel.

Just assigning actors to portray James' undeveloped characters would have given them at least the personalities of human beings, and Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan do what they can to make them interesting.

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