movies

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Unfortunate Similarities Mar 'Rover' and 'Signal'

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Both The Rover and The Signal are sort of road movies, though The Signal eventually turns into a sort of science fiction movie, and both of them end with sort of surprises, which in neither case is very satisfying.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

'Dragon' Is Enjoyable, Despite Lack Of Surprises

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a typically enjoyable, superior animation with most of the usual pluses of the form and only a few typical minuses. It's conventional in story and thin on characterization, pictorially beautiful, generally comic, and modest as to any ambition beyond entertainment.

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Commentary
4:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Indie Film Guide: A Race To The Top

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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Down To The Wire Film Race

June 20 - 22

Tallgrass Film Association

The top 10 entries to the race will be screened at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 on June 22

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

'Belle' Is First-Rate In Nearly Every Way

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as 'Belle'

Belle is a very compact and complicated movie, and if your hearing is as bad as mine, you will want to ask the ticket booth for a free set of headphones because you won’t want to miss any of the dialogue, which is so well written that you’ll have no trouble following the numerous plots and themes.

Belle, beautifully played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is an orphan, mixed-race, and a love child born out of wedlock, and all three conditions are important as she comes to live with Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson in England in 1769.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Turturro's 'Gigolo' Is Full Of Surprises

Woody Allen and John Turturro discuss the finer points of their profession in 'Fading Gigolo'

Fading Gigolo is a four-star movie, or almost, and a good deal different from what you might expect.

For one thing, Fading Gigolo is written and directed by John Turturro-- Woody Allen co-stars with Turturro , but neither writes nor directs. And while the premise is Allen promoting and managing Turturro's career a companion with privileges for lonely women, it is not particularly sexy.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

'Oculus' Is First-Rate Horror

There would seem to be some disagreement about the new horror movie Oculus. I would give it a top four stars, the Wichita Eagle gave it three, and the three ladies I talked to after the show varied from one who gave it four out of a possible five, and the other two who gave it between two and three.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Indie Film Guide: A Packed Schedule

Peter Sellers in 'Dr. Strangelove'

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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Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating an American Masterpiece

May 7, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Leslie Mann Shines In 'The Other Woman'

The Other Woman is a revenge comedy for women, who will probably enjoy it a good deal more than men-- for one thing, because they will probably see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as more of a villain than men will and more deserving of what happens at the end, which is a little out of tone with most of what has gone before and descends into terrible taste, though the audience kept laughing. And The Other Woman is mostly about sex, but the ending is mostly about money.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

'Bears' Not All Cute and Fuzzy

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Bears is a much more straightforward nature movie than you might expect. The story of a pair of brown bear cubs and their mother through their first year together, it doesn't try to escape the inevitable cuteness of bear cubs, but except for that, it does not present the life in nature as being cute at all.

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Commentary
10:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Gojira!

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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Ernest & Celestine

April 25, 7:30 p.m.

Watermark Books and Cafe

Tallgrass Film Association

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