<![CDATA[Movie News & Reviews | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/ en-us Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST Movie News & Reviews 60 ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘The Visit’ and other movies not to miss this season http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32542983.html#storylink=rss FALL FILMS 2015 | With Oscar nominees like M. Night Shyamalan, Davis Guggenheim, David Oyelowo and Jessica Chastain behind and in front of the cameras, these 10 “smaller pictures” coming this fall exhibit potential.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:29:00 CDT

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Here’s how Zac Efron will try to recover from ‘We Are Your Friends’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617932.html#storylink=rss With mixed reviews and tepid audiences, Zac Efron’s “We Are Your Friends” is expected to barely make a dent in this weekend’s box office. Maybe he’ll have better luck with the better co-stars in his upcoming movies.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:38:05 CDT

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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ tells an honest tale of awkward sexuality: 3.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32421201.html#storylink=rss Set in the haze of 1970s San Francisco, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” may sound scandalous, or exploitative, or deeply inappropriate, but the film is none of those things. It is, instead, an honest and personal and unblurred examination of a tricky voyage into womanhood.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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British actress Bel Powley grooves on complex role in ’70s-set ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32357514.html#storylink=rss A breakout star when “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” premiered at Sundance in January, Bel Powley, 23 (just 21 when the film was shot), has been a veteran of British television and theater since age 13. Powley discusses tapping into her character’s “extremities of emotion” and relishing the opportunity to play a girl who is “not 2-D, but unapologetically honest and complicated.”

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:41:02 CDT

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‘We Are Your Friends’ is a DJ story that misses a beat: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32459994.html#storylink=rss Zac Efron proves once again he has talent, but the plot of “We Are Your Friends” lets him down, starting awkwardly and meandering for stretches. Eventually this DJ-centric movie finds a respectable groove.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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‘Do I Sound Gay?’ brings forth a new voice with mixed results: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32482485.html#storylink=rss “Do I Sound Gay?” follows the misadventures of a homosexual who is having a crisis of sorts about whether his voice comes off as too … gay.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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‘Digging for Fire’ delves into mystery and marriage: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32482875.html#storylink=rss The movie, the latest of Joe Swanberg’s infidelity daydreams, boasts a blue-chip cast clearly comfortable with improvising on (or bailing out) the script by Swanberg and the film’s star, Jake Johnson.

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‘Z for Zachariah’ is not your typical apocalypse film: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32426985.html#storylink=rss There are so many movies and TV series about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world that, at first glance, “Z for Zachariah” seems more of the same. But this film has somthing more in mind than the usual end-times bloodlust.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled: 1.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32389515.html#storylink=rss Not since Saigon in the ’70s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. It opens Wednesday.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:48:57 CDT

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‘When Animals Dream’ is a bit sleepy: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32479305.html#storylink=rss The pace as it moves toward its predictable conclusion is just like the beautiful location: glacial.

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‘Mistress America’ will lure you in: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32478006.html#storylink=rss There’s a sweetness to “Mistress America” but also a sourness that is both off-putting and arresting.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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‘Turbo Kid’ revs into the future of 1997: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32474022.html#storylink=rss “Turbo Kid” pays satirical tribute to the original “Mad Max” and its various 1980s post-apocalyptic knockoffs.

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‘Unsullied’ director fumbles on his first outing: 1/2 star http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32460156.html#storylink=rss As an athlete, Simeon Rice’s performance was brilliant, but the same cannot be said about his latest endeavor. “Unsullied” is wholly underwhelming, with atrocious performances and plot twists so implausible that they would be funny in a film less tedious than this.

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Movie news: New ‘Star Wars’ villains explained; JLaw and Amy Schumer write a comedy together http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32432298.html#storylink=rss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams explained how the Dark Force could rise again. Think Nazis. In Argentina.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:39:06 CDT

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Movie Mom: ‘We Are Your Friends,’ ‘Mistress America,’ ‘Z for Zachariah’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32431629.html#storylink=rss Movie Mom Nell Minow’s information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18.

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Movies opening this week: ‘We Are Your Friends, ‘No Escape,’ ‘War Room,’ ‘Mistress America’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32300670.html#storylink=rss Nine movies come to KC, including “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Do I Sound Gay?,” “Digging for Fire,” “Unsullied” and “When Animals Dream.”

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:17:05 CDT

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Owen Wilson in action movie ‘No Escape’: ‘I’m not all of a sudden changing into The Rock’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32125536.html#storylink=rss Owen Wilson, action hero? Well, yes, kind of. He stars in “No Escape,” an unexpectedly gripping, gut-rustling thriller opening in theaters Tuesday night.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:49:02 CDT

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'Compton' stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8M http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article31964832.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:20:06 CDT By JAKE COYLE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article31964832.html For ‘Mistress America,’ Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig serve screwball with a whiff of menace http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article31938771.html#storylink=rss In line with their shared enthusiasms, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s new film, “Mistress America,” melds two genres from earlier eras: the fast-talking screwball farces of the 1930s and 1940s and the odd-couple comedies of the 1980s. The film opens Friday in Kansas City.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:13:21 CDT

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‘American Ultra’: A stoner assassin becomes ultra dull: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article31544510.html#storylink=rss With a title that evokes the vague allure of an off-brand cigarette, “American Ultra” pushes a worn premise with slightly different packaging. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Film on BBQ history in Alabama set to premiere next month http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32732052.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:05:48 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32732052.html Sexist note surfaces in screenwriting contest http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617350.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By NINA METZ ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617350.html Attorney: Robin Williams' bikes are an issue in estate fight http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32613558.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:21:06 CDT By SUDHIN THANAWALA ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32613558.html The Oscars and Spike Lee: History has always been on his side http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32623299.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By GLENN WHIPP ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32623299.html Movie debuting about abused dog named 'Gucci' http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32619192.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:09:26 CDT By BERNIE DELINSKI ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article32619192.html Movie review: 'We Are Your Friends' gets lost amid a sensitive sensibility and party hearty http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32618892.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MARK OLSEN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32618892.html Movie review: 'Rosenwald' reveals a philanthropist with a mission http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617356.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By KENNETH TURAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617356.html Movie review: 'The Second Mother' raises class issues with an engaging spirit http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617152.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By KENNETH TURAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617152.html 'Rosenwald' documentary looks at Jewish philanthropist who helped black schools http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617086.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By SUSAN KING ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617086.html Grown-up humor, sensitive story, costar chemistry fuel 'Learning to Drive' http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617056.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT By MARK OLSEN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article32617056.html