movies

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Movie Review: A Portrait of Real-Life Communication In 'Enough Said'

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Enough Said is a very good realistic romantic comedy in which people act very much like people do in real life, and life rolls along at a nice steady pace without a lot of shouting and battle.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Indie Film Guide: A Different Kind Of Film Festival

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.

Coming Up: A blockbuster French comedy, a well traveled documentary and a bit of a different take on the film festival.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

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The Spectacular Now was written by the screenwriters of 500 Days of Summer, and director James Pensoldt apparently respected their efforts, because The Spectacular Now is very nearly as great as 500 Days of Summer-- maybe just as great, because what it lacks in not having Zooey Deschanel it gains in having Shailene Woodley, whose final close-up does with facial expression more than I can imagine any other current performer doing.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Movie Review: Paranoia

In this high-stakes thriller, Liam Hemsworth, left, is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job.
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Paranoia wants to be serious about corporate misbehavior, but falls short because of uninvolving characters and a tendency to depart from realism in favor of melodramatic and sentimental cliches.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Movie Review: Elysium

Matt Damon is really just after medical help in 'Elysium.'
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Elysium makes a few gestures in the direction of serious interests and even current events.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Movie Review: Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig dances, plotlessly, in 'Frances Ha'
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I hope this does not represent a trend, but for the second week in a row I must try to review a movie that has no plot whatsoever.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

Michael B. Jordan in 'Fruitvale Station'
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SPOILER ALERT: I cannot review Fruitvale Station without giving away the ending, so if you’re planning to see it and don’t want to know what happens, you might want to stop here.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Here Comes Summer!

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 time: Tallgrass and WAM say hello to summer, plus some stuff for kids and a gritty documentary.

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Entertainment
3:24 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

7 Must-See Movies For Your Snow Day

Frances McDormand in the 1996 film Fargo.

Twelve inches of snow? Work/school/rugby practice canceled?

We've got you covered. Here are seven movies that might make you feel better about being stuck inside.

Although you might want to send the kids out to make snow angels for some of these.

1) Fargo

Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 crime masterpiece perfectly hits the rhythms of life in the upper Midwest and the desolation of the Minnesota winter. Also, there's a wood chipper.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Indie Film Guide 11/21 - 12/4

No screenings over the next few weeks, so, instead, Fletcher Powell takes a look at a couple of his favorite "food" movies for Thanksgiving.

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