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REVIEW: Overwhelmingly brutal and sharp, ‘Green Room’ is so close to fun it hurts

On May 2, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Coasting on fumes and drained by the road, a hardcore-punk band is on the verge of calling it quits. After a meager show and an even less successful interview, they’re ready to pack it up and call it tour. And one guesses that, when they return home, the experience has left them so embittered that […]


REVIEW: ‘Keanu’ is a fine diversion, but its stars deserve better

On May 2, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

As an extended riff on action-movie tropes by a pair of sketch-comedy vets, Keanu’s most obvious point of reference is Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz. Like that movie, Keanu plays it mostly straight: there’s no outright absurdity or slapstick farce. Instead, it’s an honest-to-goodness action movie, with the subplots replaced by what’re essentially half-baked bits of sketch […]

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Panic Fest Tingles KC Spines This Weekend

On February 3, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

If you experience a certain creeping sensation north of the river this weekend—symptoms include chills, rapid heartbeat, and general paranoia—try not to be alarmed. As the dead of winter arrives, so does the hysteria of Kansas City’s most berserk film festival, Panic Fest, which possesses the Screenland Armour Friday, February 5th through Sunday, February 7th. Dug […]


The Alamo Loves on “The Hateful Eight” with Tarantino Mini-Retrospective

On January 24, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

“The 8th Film by Quentin Tarantino.” That’s what appears onscreen just before the title of the director’s latest behemoth, The Hateful Eight. Most movie nerds (and by extension, Tarantino fans) would guess the numerical designation refers to 8½, Federico Fellini’s seminal piece of pop autobiography. After La Dolce Vita had made him the world’s most […]