movies

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

'Wolf' Is A Blast, If Not Completely Believable

The American Way? Leo DiCaprio revels in the ill-gotten glitz and glamour of 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
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The Wolf of Wall Street is a welcome return to those old-time movies such as Bette Davis used to recommend, in which all the colors are a little brighter than real life, the Ferraris are spanking new, the women are drop-dead gorgeous, the clothes are the peak of fashion, and everything from the tableware to the picture windows are sparkling clean.

In other words, everything is a little more exciting than real life.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

'American Hustle' Well Worth All Its Complications

It's complicated for Amy Adams and Christian Bale in 'American Hustle'
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American Hustle is an old-fashioned intrigue comedy in the tradition of The Sting, but with more concentration on complications of plot, as smart crooks eventually outsmart themselves-- if you read the story that way.

It starts with Christian Bale in charge of a fair-sized scam, and then his partner, Amy Adams, more or less takes over, and then a rather dubious FBI man played by Bradley Cooper gets involved, and from there we proceed to complications that eventually pretty much left me behind.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

'The Hobbit' Is Visually Stunning, But Goes On And On (And On And On)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a visual delight and a miracle of special effects and CGI.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Christmas and Controversy

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux in 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'
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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.

This week: A Christmas classic and a controversial French award-winner.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle

Woody Harrelson, being vile, and Christian Bale, being unsubtle, in 'Out of the Furnace'
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Out of the Furnace is rated by Entertainment Weekly as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.

But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Movie Review: 'Philomena' Has Rare Things To Offer

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'
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To start with, two bits of advice: if you like grownup, realistic character drama, by all means, see Philomena. And if you have a hearing problem like mine, ask to borrow a pair of earphones the theater has that will enable you to adjust the sound to the volume you need. Because a lot of the dialogue is murmured or even whispered, very confidential, and what I could hear of it convinced me that I wished I could hear it all.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

McConaughey, Leto Are Oscar-Worthy in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
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Dallas Buyers Club is built on the unusual premise of an apparently bad guy being seduced by circumstances into acting like a good guy whether his heart is in it or not.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Movie Review: 'All Is Lost' Is Unusual And Suspenseful

Robert Redford and his boat battle nature in 'All Is Lost'
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All Is Lost is just Robert Redford and his boat, period.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Hard-Hitting Docs and a Nutso Crime Caper

LeRoy Carhart is one of the doctors profiled in 'After Tiller'
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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
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Movie Review: '12 Years A Slave' Is Brilliant, Unrelenting

Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years A Slave'
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It isn't so much the beatings that make 12 Years A Slave hard to watch-- they will, in any case, not appall the moviegoers who have made the Saw and Hostel franchises profitable, and there are only a few of them-- it's the endless pitilessness of the white characters' attitudes toward the black characters, their utter inability to recognize them as human beings.

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