On February 6, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Attention all tramps, toughs, and two-bit hoods: cough up a few ticks ’cause here’s your ticket to the big time. CinemaKC is eyeballing the back alleys of film noir, and in tow are Tim Harvey’s “Temptress” and Patrick Rea’s “Time’s Up Eve.” The episode premieres tonight on KCPT at 10:30 pm and runs throughout the […]


Review: “Dirty Grandpa” Is Dirty, Problematic Fun

On January 22, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

I’m far from a qualified psychologist, but I doubt the experts would disagree: Robert De Niro exhibits acute workaholic tendencies. He worked steadily in Hollywood for over two decades when, in the mid-1990s, he became an entrepreneur. He made strides in the restaurant business, real estate, and hotels. Before long, he’d established his beloved Manhattan […]

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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 […]