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See up to 90 minutes of trailers for this season’s Oscar-nominated films and get Oscar picks from a feisty panel of Kansas City’s top movie critics, when CinemaKC presents “Critics vs. Oscars Free-For-All” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Screenland Crossroads Theatre, 1656 Washington St.

Trailers for Oscar-nominated films in all major categories will begin screening at 7 p.m., interspersed with impassioned reactions and clashing Oscar picks from an impressive assemblage of local film critics and aficionados.

Come and compare your Oscar predictions to those of the experts – or simply crib from former longtime Kansas City Star Movie Editor Robert Butler; WDAF-TV Fox 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards; Kansas City Star Contributing Movie Reviewers Loey Lockerby and Jon Niccum; movie bloggers Erin Melin and Ryan Davis; freelance entertainment reviewer Marie Asner; and Jack Poessiger of “Jack Goes to the Movies” on Time Warner Cable. (Stay tuned for more participating critics.)

And that’s not all: Members of the movie-mad public are invited to weigh in with the critics in a pre-screening mixer at 6 p.m. Agree! Disagree! Analyze! Dissect! Just try not to spill your drink.

A donation of $10 is requested to support CinemaKC in its efforts to serve the movie community in 2013.

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About CinemaKC (cinemakc.com)
CinemaKC is a Missouri-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an actual and virtual space for members of the film community in Missouri and Kansas. The group’s mission is to recognize talent and build audiences while growing the reputation for quality studio and independent motion pictures by the professional film community in Kansas and Missouri.

CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners include ArtsKC, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, Blackberry Castle Productions, Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Independent Filmmaker’s Coalition, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Kansas City FilmFest, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Screenwriters, Kansas City Urban Film Festival, Kansas City Women in Film and TV, Kansas Film Commission, Kansas International Film Festival, Missouri Film Commission, Missouri Motion Media Association, Reel Spirit, Tallgrass Film Festival, Thank You Walt Disney, UMKC Film Department, University of Kansas Film and Media Studies, Variety the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and Women of the Motion Picture Industry.

CinemaKC’s Business Alliance includes Allied Integrated Marketing, Allied Theatre Craft, American Heartland Theatre, Bazillion Animation, BicMedia, Boulevard Digital Drive-In Theatre, Haywood Marketing Communications, Kansas City Area Development Council, KC Stage Magazine, KC Studio, Mile Deep Films, Print Tekk, Prizm Productions, Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads, Screenland Crown Center, StagePort KC, Substream Music & Sound Design and T2.

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