movies

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'Gloria' Reflects The Mundanity Of Life

Gloria is a movie from Chile and you have to read subtitles, which marks the end of interest for many moviegoers. But just in case you're the exception, I will continue.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Local Independents

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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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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Following The Ninth

March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

'Need For Speed' Is All Cars, All The Time

Professional driver. Do not attempt.
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Like all reviewers, I am sometimes required to go to movies that are not my type and which I am not likely to do justice to. In the case of Need For Speed, for example, a friend told me I should have known that cars that are swerving on the straightaway, skidding on the corners and sometimes spinning around, are being very skillfully driven at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

I thought Need For Speed was simply one of those usual Hollywood hymns to reckless driving.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'Wind' Not A Worthy Finale For Miyazaki

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The current word is that Hayao Miyazaki, the greatest and perhaps the last of the movies' hand-drawn-feature animators, is going to retire after his latest releast, The Wind Rises. And while I am always skeptical about show business retirements, I would like to report that the maker of Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and so many other animated masterworks, was going out in a blaze of glory.

But The Wind Rises isn't nearly up to his top standard.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Who Ya Gonna Call?

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
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Stalingrad' Full Of Intimate Realism

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The first thing to realize about Stalingrad is that it is not the story of the World War II battle that many cite as the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany. It is the story of a little group of Russians who are defending the city and a little group of Germans who are about to attack it, both of which groups include a woman-- one who is trapped with the Russians and one who is captured by the Germans. And Stalingrad is as much the story of the women as the story of the men.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Pompeii' Offers The Same Old Story, With Killer Production Values

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The final half hour or so of Pompeii should satisfy everybody-- it even satisfied me.

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Commentary
10:45 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison

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
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Fun Parts Of 'About Last Night' Don't Make A Satisfying Whole

Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant in 'About Last Night'
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About Last Night has one big problem: the story develops in ways that the general tone and the character developments don't support.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

'Monuments Men' Is Just A Series Of Separate Incidents

The Monuments Men spend a lot of dangerous time behind or alongside the lines, but their heroics are almost incidental.
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Toward the end of World War II, the United States set up a military unit it never had before and unfortunately has never had since, a unit whose duty was to protect national and international treasures from the destruction of war. The movie Monuments Men is about the unit’s efforts, and while it is pretty fictionalized – watch for the closing credit on that subject - I’m glad somebody is drawing attention to what they did. But the movie itself is not very impressive.

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