Films

by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

From start to finish, The Drop would be a film well worth seeing if only for the performances of Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini alone.

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The 4th annual event will bring 5 classic horror films.

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Leif Jonker's Wichita Big Screen has announced the lineup for its fourth annual October at the Oldtown Horror Festival — a series that takes over one screen at the Warren Oldtown Theatre every Monday and Tuesday through October. All of the films will screen at 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday and/or Tuesday. This year, there are five films, most running Monday and Tuesday but two with just one day each.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

As another "blockbuster" summer movie season ends, Hollywood studios and press bemoan suffering a far less blockbuster summer than usual.

On the whole, the numbers back them up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, summer revenue is down 15 percent from last year and has reached an eight-year low. There is, of course, plenty of debate over what's caused this, with issues ranging from too much of the same stuff repackaged to too much piracy over the interweb tubes.

So, what lessons can be learned from the summer box office?

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

For many filmmakers, a project all starts with a question. The question that arose for this week's film review was, "What if Elvis Presley's twin brother didn't die as a baby?" That is the notion explored in The Identical, which wasn't expected to be a top draw at the box office, but is being undeservingly slammed critically.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

The 1970s were a dark time for New York City, which is reflected in the cinema of the time. Unless it was a Woody Allen or Neil Simon film, it was guaranteed that The Big Apple was depicted as a cesspool of criminals lurking from the subways to Central Park, ready to pounce at every corner.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Another month, another "found-footage" horror film.

This time out, it's As Above, So Below, which finds a group of young scientists and urban explorers encountering a myriad of horrors deep in the catacombs beneath Paris. While the film certainly packs a lot of scares and magnificent atmosphere, its overcomplicated plot and piling up of threats both supernatural and mundane keep it from being a totally satisfactory experience.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

For this week only (Friday, Aug. 29 to Thursday, Sept. 4), the Palace Theatre will commemorate the passing of Robin Williams by playing the Steven Spielberg film Hook. This film was the end result of Spielberg's attempt of bringing a new incarnation of the story of Peter Pan to the big screen and was met with a largely negative critical reaction, including Spielberg himself, who rarely has nice things to say about it.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

It's that time again! No, I'm not excited over the end of the summer blockbuster movie season, but rather the release of Woody Allen's annual film outing, now reaching film number 44. It's a rare pleasure hearing his trademark style of witty dialogue and watching him strive for pictorial perfection in his various locations and by-gone days. While his last film Blue Jasmine was a drama that gathered the Best Actress award, Allen gives us something to laugh and wonder at with the release of the aptly titled Magic in the Moonlight.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Sin City was, back in 2005, one of those daring touchstone films that comes along once every so often that innovates, pushing the medium of film forward in new, exciting and interesting ways. Its use of characters interacting in virtual, stylized environments helped spearhead development in the action, comic book and science fiction genres. Its success also proved that comic book films of a more mature nature could be financially viable.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Saturday's premiere episode for this season of Doctor Who proved a tour-de-force for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, though the episode itself was, as has been typical for season openers, far from a fully satisfactory affair.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

When I was in grade school, I remember constantly hearing about a book called The Giver, a 1993 novel that turned out to be my generation's introduction to the concept of the deconstruction of utopia. It is a staple science fiction idea that, by then, I had already come across in a handful of episodes of Star Trek. Nevertheless, the book is well renowned and was besieged with a coveted Newbery Medal.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

The Expendables 3 may be remembered more for the bluster and blather surrounding its release than for any merit the film itself may have.

After solid, if diminishing, openings for the previous two installments in the action star team-up franchise, this latest entry was more or less crushed by its competition on its opening weekend, opening in fourth place with a disappointing $16.2 million.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Well, Hollywood finally did it. They just had to make a found footage film involving tornados. I guess it was only natural since it seemed the only way to exploit the genre after Apollo 18 literally took it to the moon. Titled Into the Storm, not only is this bad attempt to follow up to something as definitive as Twister, but it completely nullifies true storm-chasing footage (which can be found in droves on YouTube) by inundating the viewer with high amounts of CGI but absolutely no amount of care for the human caught in the storm.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Since their comic debut in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have doggedly remained a pop culture staple, revived every few years much as Transformers or any number of other toy and media properties are to entertain new fans while serving as nostalgic icons for older ones.

Sadly, the current feature film reboot from Paramount, Nickelodeon and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is an underwhelming affair in almost every way.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

Leading up to its release, there was a lot of speculation as to how much of a risk Marvel Studios was taking releasing a big budget film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy. With a $94 million opening weekend and early expectations for it to be the highest grossing film of 2014, it would appear that there wasn't much of one.

While a Marvel property, it deviates from the familiar superhero cache into space opera proper, which is an important difference to consider. Everyone can look weird and have weird superpowers now because they're all aliens.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Film

"DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?!" Who could ever forget the Triple Rock Baptist Church scene in The Blues Brothers where the King of Soul himself, James Brown, delivered a sermon of a lifetime? That single moment solidified Soul Brother Number One forever in the annals film history, perfectly capturing his reputation in the music business as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" with his constant gleam of sweat and a constant buzz of energy that couldn't be topped or stopped. With such a profound effect on popular culture, you know what the means in Hollywood right?

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by Jorts McDude | Monday, October 20 | Posted in Film

Digging through this year's Tallgrass selections, I focused on music-related films since I "write about music". While not necessarily a music-themed film, the story behind the soon-to-be-in-theatrical-release Little Hope Was Arson and the film's poster and trailer struck a chord as something I'd enjoy. I mean, who doesn't relish the idea of a burning church? I'M IN.

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by Jeremy Webster | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in Film

This has been a busy year for Zeus's ultra-beefy son, with hackmeister Renny Harlin's The Legend of Hercules having already tanked earlier this year. Director Brett Ratner's Hercules — starring, appropriately enough, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson — managed to bring in about three times as much money in its opening week as Harlin's film did. Johnson's in a hot phase in his career right now, and, honestly, could any actor be any more suited to being cast in a role?

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by Dan Kampling | Wednesday, July 30 | Posted in Film

This past weekend boasted avalanche of new details on next year's surefire blockbuster movies at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Rumors and speculations made over the past year are finally put to the test when the major studios finally reveal, for the first time, glimpses of what's to come. Presented here is a selected number of these notable reveals that's sure to keep us clamoring for more when the time is nigh.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Film

When I first became aware of the Internet in grade school, I was frequently told by adults to never engage in any conversations with other users, because they're likely not who they appear to be. Of course, with the advent of social media, I doubt that kind of warning is not heeded, especially with films like The Matrix and Tron glamorizing the thought of a big battle occurring out in cyberspace.

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