<![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 Art house films: ‘See You in My Dreams’ reaches blockbuster status http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29553544.html#storylink=rss Which for these theaters is measured in time, not dollars. Audiences are appreciating this tale that resonates with an older viewer.

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In ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,’ the plot self-destructs, but the action is solid: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29469001.html#storylink=rss The latest “Mission: Impossible” film doesn’t offer much for the brain. The rest of your nervous system, though, will get a thorough workout.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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In ‘Infinitely Polar Bear,’ Mark Ruffalo is infinitely talented: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29459485.html#storylink=rss It’s worth seeing, on balance, simply for what Mark Ruffalo does in a hundred different, discrete, telling ways as he creates a character who is a capital-C Character, outlandish one minute, scarily unpredictable the next.

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‘Lego Brickumentary’ documents the building of an empire, brick by brick: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29458852.html#storylink=rss If there’s one idea that “A Lego Brickumentary” wants to express, it’s that those little plastic bricks aren’t just child’s play.

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‘Cartel Land’ closely examines the entire drug ecosystem: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29465518.html#storylink=rss By turns fascinating and frustrating, the multifaceted documentary “Cartel Land” opens with a nighttime scene of masked men cooking crystal meth in a remote part of the Mexican state of Michoacán, under the watchful eyes of armed guards. It’s no wonder that filmmaker Matthew Heineman is shown wearing a bulletproof vest in press photos for the film.

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‘Twinsters’ a remarkable story of identical twins separated at birth: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29464351.html#storylink=rss At initial glance, the terrific “Twinsters” might appear to be something of a real life “Parent Trap,” but as this cosmopolitan documentary progresses, it migrates from cute and effervescent to seriously affecting.

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‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ is gripping and depressing: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29463952.html#storylink=rss The 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment is now the basis for Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s straightforward yet gripping and claustrophobic film that does little to reinforce one’s faith in humankind.

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‘Extinction’: No escape from zombies: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29460898.html#storylink=rss Nine years after a zombie apocalypse, a father (Jeffrey Donovan), his daughter (Quinn McColgan) and grumpy neighbor (Matthew Fox) think they’re safe holed up together in a snowy village. Of course they aren’t. Critics are mixed.

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‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ is a family film not for the whole family: 2 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29460139.html#storylink=rss It’s a challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered.

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Filmmakers behind ‘Vacation’ and other familiar movies are careful not to call them ‘remakes’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29109880.html#storylink=rss To Hollywood, “reboot” and “remake” are four-letter words. Or, at least, it appears that way when filmmakers and stars alike bend over backward to describe their projects as anything other than a “reboot” or “remake.” An exception that proves this rule is the team behind the new “Vacation” movie.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:35:00 CDT

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Movie news: Tom Cruise talks sequels, Michael Douglas wants more ‘Ant-Man’ fun http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29455624.html#storylink=rss While Tom Cruise was out this week promoting his latest “Mission: Impossible” — lip syncing with Jimmy Fallon, joking with Jon Stewart, chatting up reporters on the red carpet — he also revealed some interesting tidbits about upcoming movies.

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Daredevil Tom Cruise seems to think it’s his ‘Mission’ to put stuntmen out of work http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29448967.html#storylink=rss Director Christopher McQuarrie describes Tom Cruise’s most difficult stunt in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”: “I walked out of the aircraft just before we were going to take off, and Tom was hanging on the back and it was deafening and cold and there was a noxious wave of exhaust,” McQuarrie said. “And I thought, ‘This must be what hell is like.’”

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Movie Mom: ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Vacation,’ ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29401381.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: A new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Vacation,’ ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29118244.html#storylink=rss Tom Cruise and his IMF team are in a “Rogue Nation,” the Griswolds head to Walley World again, Mark Ruffalo plays a bipolar dad and “Lego Brickumentary” explores the legacy of Lego.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:44:46 CDT

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‘Vacation’ is a trip worth taking: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28859692.html#storylink=rss Three decades after the original “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” the Griswolds are still fresh and funny. “The new vacation will stand on its own,” Rusty says in a bit of self-referential assurance. And it does.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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They’re a bit Rusty: Here are the 6 actors who have played the ‘Vacation’ son http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28858579.html#storylink=rss Ed Helms is the sixth actor to play Rusty Griswold. Click through the photos to see everyone who came before him.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:33:20 CDT

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Art houses offer a look at the world beyond our windows http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28435909.html#storylink=rss “Tangerine” and “The Tribe,” about communities on the fringe of society, lead this week’s movies.

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‘Southpaw’ is a familiar boxing saga, but Gyllenhaal is champ: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28433089.html#storylink=rss Terrific acting and fight film cliches battle to a split decision in Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” further proof both of Jake Gyllenhaal’s awesome range and of the odds against making a truly original boxing picture.

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In ‘Paper Towns,’ teens make the grade: 3 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28343806.html#storylink=rss There’s something satisfying about a well-executed high school film that hits all the right John Hughes-inspired sweet spots. “Paper Towns,” adapted from a novel by “The Fault in Our Stars” writer John Green, does just that, with a twist.

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‘Dark Was the Night,’ dull was the movie: 1 star http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article28433830.html#storylink=rss In “Dark Was the Night,” a low-budget horror thriller set in timber country, nobody gets too worked up, and few even dare to raise their voices. That’s a big shortcoming.

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SNL stars Armisen, Meyers, Hader reunite for parody series http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29705629.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:43:06 CDT By LYNN ELBER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29705629.html Dolly Parton's family life subject of TV movie http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29709058.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:07:41 CDT By KRISTIN M. HALL ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29709058.html Movie review: Revelatory 'Listen to Me Marlon' makes excellent use of previously unheard tapes of actor speaking candidly http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29653672.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By KENNETH TURAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29653672.html Rebecca Ferguson jumped right into 'Mission: Impossible' role http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29653351.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By CAELIN MILKTO ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29653351.html Marvel at madness: Things to know about Boston's Comic Con http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29632339.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:04:07 CDT By COLLIN BINKLEY ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29632339.html Movie review: Cruise goes full throttle in his latest 'Mission: Impossible' http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29651368.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By KENNETH TURAN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29651368.html Movie review: 'I Am Chris Farley' focuses more on comic's life than death http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29649160.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By BARBARA VANCHERI ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29649160.html Invisible Women? Hollywood's female superhero problem http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29628838.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:27:57 CDT By DERRIK J. LANG ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29628838.html Cecily Strong joins 'SNL' gang for pool party http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29628367.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT By RICK BENTLEY ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article29628367.html 3 injured when movie screen falls into NY park's wave pool http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29626789.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:23:05 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article29626789.html