movies

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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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Oscar Time!

A frame from the Oscar-nominated animated short, 'Get A Horse!'
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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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It Happened One Night

February 22, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

80th anniversary screening of the classic romantic screwball comedy and Oscar juggernaut

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'The Invisible Woman' Is Incomplete and Unpersuasive

Ralph Fiennes leaves out some important details in 'The Invisible Woman'
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The title The Invisible Woman suggests some kind of comic book sci-fi thing, but The Invisible Woman is actually the supposedly true story of the aging novelist Charles Dickens and an 18-year-old talentless actress for whom he risked his reputation, profession, social standing, home and family. But it never persuades us that it is really telling the story.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Socially Conscious Docs

A scene from 'Beneath the Blindfold'

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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Fremont, U.S.A.

February 4, 7:00

WSU CAC Theater

Global Faith In Action

Find the movie's trailer here

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Commentary
10:24 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Movie Review: Characters In 'August: Osage County' Are Very Human and Never Dull

In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep becomes a villain and performs it in a suitably over-the-top fashion.
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August: Osage County suffers only from too-close similarity to an all-time classic, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, filmed by director Sidney Lumet with Ralph Richardson and Katharine Hepburn in 1962.

Again we have the story of a disharmonious family revealing its emotional strains during a short reunion, with startling revelations of character but no real plot, made notable by excellent writing and marvelous acting, with this time a touch of unnecessary melodrama toward the end.

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