movies

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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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Movie Review: 'Ender's Game' A Bit Too Much About Teenage Boys For This Grown-Up

Asa Butterfield puts those teenage video game skills to use in 'Ender's Game'
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Ender's Game is more doggedly devoted to mid-teenaged players of video games than anything I have seen.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Be Thankful You're Not A Character In These Movies

Steve McQueen directs Michael Fassbender in 'Hunger'
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For whatever reason this time of year seems particularly sparse when it comes to screenings, so I usually take this time to talk about movies about food and family. Thanksgiving movies. And I guess this time I’ll still talk about movies that are kind of about food, but they’re coming from a very different place.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Movie Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Inspires Curiosity

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Almost nobody is as ignorant about internets and websites and computers as I am, so I assume that almost anybody will understand The Fifth Estate better than I did.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Scarier Than Halloween

Chart from the documentary 'Inequality for All'
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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.

Coming Up: Zombies, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and a non-Halloween movie that might be scarier than any of them.

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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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