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“Midnight Special” Destined for Kansas City

By Johnny Szlauderbach / March 31st, 2016 / 0 Comments

Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special is chugging toward Kansas City. Although no release date has been set, the movie is expected to open in April. Midnight Special opened in limited release last month and has been garnering some of the best reviews of the year. The movie is a described as a science-fiction adventure, and that…

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REVIEW: “Batman V Superman” – Why So Serious?

By Johnny Szlauderbach / March 30th, 2016 / 0 Comments
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REVIEW: Christopher Plummer Fights Nazis and a Crumbling Mind in the Tricky “Remember”

By Johnny Szlauderbach / March 25th, 2016 / 0 Comments

Pitched somewhere between The Manchurian Candidate and Memento, Atom Egoyan’s Remember is sensational entertainment. More electric than any octogenarian Holocaust thriller has any right to be, it has the wicked, trashy appeal of Brian De Palma at his best, swapping that director’s lurid morality for equally dubious ethics. To frame genocide through the lens of…

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The Alamo Screens Rare 35mm Print of “Suspiria” This Saturday

By Johnny Szlauderbach / March 18th, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dario Argento’s Suspiria, which plays at the Alamo Mainstreet this Saturday at 10 PM in a rare 35mm exhibition, is a masterwork of kaleidoscopic excess, and it fits nicely in the Italian tradition of taking things too far. Schlock has never been so sublime—garishness never so glorious. By pulling out all the stops, never pausing to…

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TONIGHT on CinemaKC

By Johnny Szlauderbach / February 26th, 2016 / 0 Comments

Pack your pencils and grab your books because CinemaKC’s going back to school tonight. We’re highlighting some of the area’s brightest up-and-comers with a series of student shorts. Alongside Andy Thies’s “Mirror Mirror” and “Rosewood Musicbox” are Julia Barnett’s “The Delivery” and Aaron Berger’s “The Roundabout. The episode premieres tonight on KCPT at 10:30pm and…

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TONIGHT on CinemaKC

By Johnny Szlauderbach / February 6th, 2016 / 0 Comments

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…

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Panic Fest Tingles KC Spines This Weekend

By Johnny Szlauderbach / February 3rd, 2016 / 0 Comments

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…

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

By Johnny Szlauderbach / January 24th, 2016 / 0 Comments

“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…

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