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.

“PAIN AND GLORY”: A life

By Robert W. Butler / November 7th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Antonio Banderas Published November 3, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene My rating: B+ (Opens Nov. 8 at the Town Center) | 113 minutes | MPAA rating: R The dominant aural element of Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain & Glory” is a solo oboe exuding gentle melancholy. It’s the perfect soundtrack for one of this director’s best…

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“THE LIGHTHOUSE”: Mad, mad, mad, mad world

By Robert W. Butler / November 7th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson Published November 3, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene My rating: B | 109 minutes | MPAA rating: R With Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” we don’t so much watch a couple of men go crazy as experience that craziness with them. The film has been beautifully photographed, but beware…it is disconcerting,…

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“LAST CHRISTMAS”: Drowning by eggnog

By Robert W. Butler / November 7th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Published November 7, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene My rating: C- (Opens wide on Nov. 8) | 102 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13 Despite my general hatred of seasonally-themed romantic comedies (like chugging a gallon of eggnog), there were reasons to think “Last Christmas” might be different. For starters, it was written…

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“WESTERN STARS”: Hello Sunshine

By Robert W. Butler / November 1st, 2019 / 0 Comments

Bruce Springsteen   “WESTERN STARS” My rating: A- (Now showing) |83 minutes | MPAA rating: PG Published October 31, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene As a Springsteen geek of longstanding (I reviewed  his first album for the Kansas City Star back in ’73) I approached the concert film “Western Stars” with some trepidation. In recent…

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“MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN”: Twitching and sleuthing”

By Robert W. Butler / November 1st, 2019 / 0 Comments

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Edward Norton   My rating: C+ (Opens wide on Nov. 1) | 144 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published October 31, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene It’s easy enough to understand why an actor of Edward Norton’s capabilities — or even an actor of lesser capabilities — would jump at…

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“DOLEMITE IS MY NAME”: “And f**king motherf**kers is my game”

By Robert W. Butler / October 25th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Eddy Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore“DOLEMITE IS MY NAME” My rating: B- (Debuts Oct. 25 on Netflix) 118 minutes | MPAA rating: R My rating: B- (Debuts Oct. 25 on Netflix) |118 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published October 24, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Aside from setting a cinema record for the number…

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“LORO”: Bunga bunga

By Robert W. Butler / October 12th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi “LORO” My rating: B (Opens Oct. 11 at the Screenland Armour)  151 minutes | No MPAA rating Published October 10, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Italian politico Silvio Berlusconi, the subject of Paolo Sorrentino’s hallucinatory “Loro,” is described by one of his cronies as the world’s greatest…

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“VILLAINS”: There’s bad, and then there’s BAD

By Robert W. Butler / October 12th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Maika Monroe, Bill Skarsgard My rating: B- (Opens Sept. 11 at the Screenland Armour)  88 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published October 10, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene The ironically titled “Villains” makes audiences  root for a pair of truly stupid criminal lovers by providing antagonists who are infinitely worse. In Dan…

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