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.

“AQUARELA”: H2O Wallpaper

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

My rating: (Opens Sept. 27 at the Studio 28) 89 minutes | MPAA rating: PG Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Technically classified as a documentary, “Aquarela” might more accurately be described as slow-moving wallpaper. The subject of Viktor Kossakovsky’s film is water and its power. There is no narrator, no…

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“THE SOUND OF SILENCE”: Harmonic dissonance

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

Peter Sarsgaard My rating: C+ (Opens Sept. 27 at the Screenland Tapcade) 87 minutes | MPAA rating: Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Before it goes off the philosophical rails and disappears up its own nether regions, “The Sound of Silence” casts an eerie spell. Our protagonist is acoustic specialist Peter…

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“THE DEATH OF DICK LONG”: Stupid is as stupid does

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

Daniel Scheitert, Andre Hyland, Michael Abbott Jr. My rating: B- (Opens Sept. 27 at the Alamo Draft House) 100 minutes | MPAA rating: R Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Given that the combined IQs of the characters in “The Death of Dick Long” is about 45, it’s remarkable that Daniel…

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“BEFORE YOU KNOW IT”: Sisters

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

My rating: B- (Opens Sept. 27 at the Barrywoods 24)  98 minutes | No MPAA rating Published September 26, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene A family comedy with just enough edge, “Before You Know It” is the creation of Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock, who co-wrote the script and star as mutually…

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“DOWNTON ABBEY”: Happy gentility

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

My rating: B+  122 minutes | MPAA rating: PG Published September 24, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Feature film spinoffs of successful TV series have an iffy track record (“Sex and the City,” “Entourage,” “Absolutely Fabulous”), but the folks at “Downton Abbey” have done it right. The new “Downton Abbey” movie…

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“AD ASTRA”: Lost in space

By Robert W. Butler / September 19th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Brad Pitt “AD ASTRA” My rating: B  124 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13 Published September 19, 2019 by Robert W. Butler at Butler’s Cinema Scene Equal parts “2001” and “Apocalypse Now,” James Gray’s “Ad Astra” is meditative journey to both outer and inner space punctuated with moments of high melodrama. The film is drop-dead beautiful…

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“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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