movies

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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