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REVIEW: In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ the end is nowhere in sight

On May 26, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Just over fifteen years ago, Bryan Singer released his movie adaptation of X-Men and changed the course of superhero movies for a generation. That movie dared to take its spandex-clad mutants and their conflict seriously by replacing their Day-Glo uniforms for black-leather jumpsuits and injecting the CGI mayhem with a touch of metaphor. What if, […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Nice Guys’ is cutting-edge retro

On May 21, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

There isn’t much blood in blockbusters these days. That’s both figurative and literal: if Captain America falls from a high rise, rest assured he’ll walk it off without needing a Band Aid—much less a transfusion. When Mad Max: Fury Road exploded across screens last summer, few noticed its lack of the red stuff. Even fewer […]

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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 […]