movies

Interview
5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Tammy' Shows New Side of McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy has many reasons to be happy with her new movie Tammy.

She produced, co-wrote and stars, and her husband co-wrote, directed and takes an important small role as the boss who fires her and starts the whole thing going. McCarthy is also more attractive both in her physical appearance and in the character she plays than she was in either Bridesmaids or The Heat, partly because Tammy is a gentle, people-loving movie without satiric edge or the brutality of a police story.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On

Like this year's Heaven Is For Real, the newly released Alone Yet Not Alone is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.

The one-sheet poster says, "Their faith became their freedom," and the end notes identify one support character as, "the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America," but in fact there is little reference to God or faith, even when prayer would seem to be called for.

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Commentary
5:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things

So many things could go wrong in this scene from 'Sorcerer'

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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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

July 7, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Pirate adventure that introduced us to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow

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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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