‘It Comes at Night’ and ‘The Mummy,’ the horror

On June 9, 2017 by Johnny Szlauderbach

It Comes at Night is titled like a poppy, 1950s B-movie but its thrills are left at a rigorous remove. It’s an exercise in distance and frustration. Not only are its narrative connections left ambiguous, its thematic motivations and central metaphor are frustratingly out of reach. Much of that feels intentional. It’s a movie about […]


On June 3, 2017 by Patricia Hamarstrom Williams

CINEMAKC DRAG QUEEN BINGO for FILMMAKING Mark your calendar! CinemaKC is hosting a Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary’s to support local filmmaking. Come out to play, to party, and to have fun! It’s on Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Rd, Ste 110, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. […]

Film History

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 […]