Johnny Szlauderbach

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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“Goodfellas” Restoration Comes to KC for One Night Only

By Johnny Szlauderbach / October 14th, 2015 / 0 Comments

GOODFELLAS GETS “MADE” FOR 25th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION Somewhere in the muted-palate slog of Black Mass is a compelling story of an unlikely and twisted alliance: at one point in the movie’s interminable runtime, crime-boss Whitey Bulger cozies up to his FBI handles dinner with his FBI handlers. Chewing the best steak he’s ever eaten, he…

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Halloween Roundup

By Johnny Szlauderbach / October 9th, 2015 / 0 Comments

Urban legend has it that one of the first examples of a movie famously—and apocryphally—provoked mass panic when its audience thought the train would storm through the screen and barrel into the theater. Sitting in the dark, comforted and disturbed by the difference and similarity between watching and participating, there’s something inherently frightening in the…

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