Robert W. Butler

Robert W. Butler for 41 years reviewed films for the Kansas City Star. In May 2011 he was downsized. He couldn’t take the hint. OKAY, so here’s the deal. I write mostly about movies. One good thing about no longer writing for the paper is that I’m free to ignore the big dumb Hollywood turkeys that don’t interest me. So don’t expect every blessed release to be written about here. Many films aren’t worth the effort. Besides, at my age it’s not the $8. It’s the two hours. UPDATE: OCTOBER, 2014: Well, here’s an interesting twist. The Star wants me back as a freelance film reviewer!!! Apparently enough time has passed that they cannot be accused of firing me so that they can rehire me at a fraction of my original pay (I gather the federal government frowns upon that practice.) So from now on I will probably be reviewing a movie a week for the newspaper.

“HUSTLERS”: Ladies’ night

By Robert W. Butler / September 16th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: C+ (Opens wide on Sept. 13) – 109 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published September 12, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene “Hustlers” arrives on a wave of fest-generated hype: It’s one of the year’s best!!!  Jennifer Lopez is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination!!! Uh, sorry, but I don’t see it. Writer/director…

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“OFFICIAL SECRETS”: Whistleblowing

By Robert W. Butler / September 16th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: B- (Opens wide on Sept. 13) – 111 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published September 12, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene There are moments when “Official Secrets” doesn’t seem to know just whose story it is telling; others when the dialogue sounds more like speechifying than regular conversation. Still, there’s something so…

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“FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES”: “It’s so Japanese”

By Robert W. Butler / September 16th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: B (Opens Sept. 13 at the Studio 28) – 92 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13 Published September 12, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Since it debuted on Broadway in 1964, not a day has passed when “Fiddler on the Roof” was not being performed somewhere on Earth. The universal appeal of this…

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“LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE”: Hit after hit

By Robert W. Butler / September 16th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: B+ (Opens Sept. 13 at the Glenwood Arts) 95 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13 Published September 12, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene This seems to be the season for music documentaries (“Echo in the Canyon,” “David Crosby: Remember My Name”) but the hands-down winner when it comes to pure musical pleasure…

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“DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME”: Big ego. No brains.

By Robert W. Butler / September 9th, 2019 / 0 Comments

“DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME” My rating: B- (Opens Sept. 6 at the Glenwood Arts) 95 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published September 5, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene As a founder of the Byrds and a long-standing member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young,  David Crosby can claim to be rock ‘n’…

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“TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID”: Little warriors

By Robert W. Butler / September 5th, 2019 / 0 Comments

“TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID” My rating: B (Opens Sept. 6 at the Screenland Armour) 83 minutes | No MPAA rating  Published September 5, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Combining the grittiness of Luis Bunuel’s 1950 landmark “Los Olivdados” with the psychological fantasy pioneered in recent years by Guillermo del Toro, “Tigers Are…

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“BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON”: Life lessons

By Robert W. Butler / September 5th, 2019 / 0 Comments

“BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON” My rating: B (Opens Sept. 6 at the Glenwood Arts) 113 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published September 5, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene The title character of “Brittany Runs a Marathon” does indeed participate in the famous 26.2-mile run through New York’s five boroughs…but Paul Downs Colaizzo’s film isn’t…

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“ONE CHILD NATION”: Dead babies

By Robert W. Butler / August 30th, 2019 / 0 Comments

“ONE CHILD NATION” My rating: B+ (Opens Sept. 30 at the Glenwood Arts) 90 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published August 29, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Americans — thoughtful ones, anyway — know all about collective guilt. After all, under our belts we’ve got 200 years of slavery, the decimation of the…

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