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Review: “Dirty Grandpa” Is Dirty, Problematic Fun

By Johnny Szlauderbach / January 22nd, 2016 / 0 Comments

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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TONIGHT on CinemaKC

By Johnny Szlauderbach / January 22nd, 2016 / 0 Comments

CinemaKC puts a dime in the jukebox tonight with a slew of music videos from Kansas City’s top recording artists. Highlights include Galadriel Thompson’s “The Hillbenders.” Cara Myers’s “The Strive,” “Perfume Genius” by Christopher Good, “Jazz Crouch’s “Homemade,” Jodie Platz’s “Not a Planet,” and “The Pedalijets” by Brodie Rush. The episode premieres tonight on KCPT…

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TONIGHT on CinemaKC

By Johnny Szlauderbach / January 16th, 2016 / 0 Comments

CinemaKC ships out tonight with a selection of short films about war and its toll. Featuring “Salut” (Jerry Rapp) and “The Long Night” (Alan Watkins), Episode 3 is a reverential peek at the horrors of the battlefield. The episode debuts on KCPT at 10:30pm and runs throughout the week. Check your local listings.

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TONIGHT on CinemaKC

By Johnny Szlauderbach / January 8th, 2016 / 0 Comments

CinemaKC gets spooky tonight with Episode 2, a selection of locally made horror shorts. Highlights include “3.33” (Andy Garrison) and “Nighty Night” (Todd Norris). The episode debuts on KCPT at 10:30pm and will run throughout the week. Check your local listings. Don’t forget to leave the light on!

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Kansas International Film Festival celebrates its 15th year this weekend

By Johnny Szlauderbach / November 3rd, 2015 / 0 Comments

‘ The Kansas International Film Festival celebrates its 15th annual program this Friday at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park. The week-long competition features over 80 features, documentaries, shorts, and animated films from around the world. The Jury Awards for Best Social Justice Documentary and Best Feature Narrative Film will be presented at the…

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This Weekend, Cheap Thrills at KC Theaters

By Johnny Szlauderbach / October 24th, 2015 / 0 Comments

As Halloween approaches, two Kansas City theaters will give horror fans’ wallets a break this weekend with multiple revival marathons. Pairing two of the movies’ best science-fiction-horror hybrids, the Screenland Tapcade has planned a double bill of 1979’s essential Alien and John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of The Thing. Although the former spawned several breakneck—and a…

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UPDATE: Underground frightfest “The Descent” frightens underground tonight

By Johnny Szlauderbach / October 22nd, 2015 / 0 Comments

In Airplane, the doomed jet’s in-flight movie seems to be nothing but footage of planes crashing. It’s a darkly funny image, but it’s an inspired one too—especially at Halloween. This time of year, who wouldn’t want to see The Poseidon Adventure on a cruise or The Old Dark House in, well, an old dark house?…

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Kansas City theaters celebrate Back to the Future Day

By Johnny Szlauderbach / October 16th, 2015 / 0 Comments

For those of a certain age, the Back to the Future trilogy is a hall-of-mirrors reverie of nostalgia. We were raised on these movies. And for most of our lives, we’ve been counting down to October 21st, 2015: the day when Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly arrives in a neon-spandex utopia of flying cars, hovering…

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