Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger is a freelance film critic and writer whose work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, The Pitch, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Cineaste and other publications.

First woman: Re-discovering cinema pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché

By Dan Lybarger / August 29th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Alice Guy-Blaché was, from 1896 to 1906, probably the only woman in the world who was making films. By the time her career ended prematurely in 1920, she had directed more than 1,000 films, some 150 of which survive, and 22 of which are feature-length. by DAN LYBARGER SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | Today August…

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Aboriginal actor brings freshness to “Nightingale”

By Dan Lybarger / August 28th, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBAGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | August 30 at 1:46 a.m. Baykali Ganambarr has been working to preserve the culture of Yolngu aborigines from the Northwest Territory in Australia. By himself and as a member of Djuki Mala dance troupe, he applies traditional moves to a hip hop beat, films the performance and…

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“Ready or Not”

By Dan Lybarger / August 22nd, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | August 23, 2019 at 1:40 a.m. Ready or Not 82 Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Nicky Guadagni, Eyse Levesque, John Ralston, Liam MacDonald, Ethan Tavares, Hanneke Talbot, Celine Tsai, Daniela Barbosa Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Rating:…

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“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache”

By Dan Lybarger / August 21st, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER Published at https://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=32913&reviewer=382 If you can imagine a discussion of the Sistine Chapel without mentioning Michelangelo, then you know what it’s like to talk about the dawn of the movies without bringing up French writer-producer-director Alice Guy-Blaché, who made her first movie in 1896. She actually predates people like D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin,…

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CGI with heart: Andrew Stanton fuses faith, science and people

By Dan Lybarger / August 21st, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | August 23, 2019 at 6:47 a.m. Andrew Stanton won a pair of Oscars for manipulating pixels to get us to suspend our disbelief in worlds where fish have conversations and robots tend a ravaged earth. Steve Jobs used to be his boss. But Stanton doesn’t think of…

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Good Boys

By Dan Lybarger / August 20th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Max (Jacob Tremblay) and his buddies Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) ditch school to embark on a journey that involves accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make it to a party in the R-rated Good Boys Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Willliams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori…

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Blinded By the Light

By Dan Lybarger / August 15th, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER When Bruce Springsteen screams, “It’s a town full of losers, but I’m pulling out of here to win” at the end of “Thunder Road,” you don’t have to be New Jersey car enthusiast to relate. The Boss’ lyrics can mean something to you, no matter where you might be on the globe.…

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Angry Birds 2

By Dan Lybarger / August 13th, 2019 / 0 Comments

  The Angry Birds Movie 2 70 Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Tiffany Haddish, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Maya Rudolph Director: Thurop Van Orman Rating: PG, for rude humor and action Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes…

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