movies

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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Commentary
10:58 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Oscar's Shorts

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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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Oscar Shorts Program

All Categories

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Warren Theatre, 9150 W. 21st St.

Animated, Then Live Action

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu February 12, 2015

'The Babadook' Will Chill Your Blood

The new Australian horror cheapie The Babadook got a test run at the Palace West a couple weekends ago and went over well enough that it's been booked into a full run at the Palace, and lovers of horror movies should not miss it.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu February 5, 2015

'Black Or White' Is As Thoughtful As It Is Funny

Jillian Estell and Kevin Costner in 'Black or White'

I know little about seven-year-old children and I understand less about why people want to be involved with them. So I approached Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer's new movie Black or White with no expectations that I would enjoy it as much as I did.

Costner and Spencer are involved in a custody battle over new child star Jillian Estell, who we should be seeing a lot of from this picture on. And there is no Shirley Temple cuteness to Estell or stereotype in anybody.

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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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