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.

“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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“JOKER”: Not fun…but unforgettable

By Robert W. Butler / October 4th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: B+ (Opens wide on Oct. 4)   121 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published October 2, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene If Ingmar Bergman and Lars von Trier teamed up to make a superhero movie, the result would be just like “Joker.” Less conventional comic book material than existential scream, Todd…

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“LOVE, ANTOSHA”: Renaissance kid

By Robert W. Butler / September 29th, 2019 / 0 Comments

My rating: B+ (Opens Sept. 27 at the Screenland Tapcade) 93 minutes | No MPAA rating Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene I knew who Anton Yeltsin was, of course.  I’d seen the young actor as Chekhov in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboots, and in a couple of other movies like…

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“JUDY”: Diva in decline

By Robert W. Butler / September 28th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Rene Zellweger as Judy Garland My rating: B (Opens wide on Sept. 27) 118 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13 Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene One of the biggest thrills in moviegoing is seeing a familiar performer sink so completely into a character that you forget who  you’re watching. That’s the case…

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