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Out of Orbit: A Review of Jupiter Ascending

In theaters today is a film that should be the epic space opera that action and science fiction fans have been yearning for. Today should mark the return of duo directors Andy and Lana Wachowski to the amazing original storytelling that changed American filmmaking in 1999. Today, I should be remarking on how visually exciting […]

Film Series Honors Testimonies and More

Film Series Honors Testimonies and More

  On January 27, the date designated in 2005 by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day—and in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, 1945, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will present a 20th anniversary screening of The Holocaust: Through Our Own Eyes as the first program […]

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Unbroken…A True Story

Unbroken, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-selling non-fiction book, is directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, Clayton Townsend, Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff with the screenplay written by William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese and Joel and Ethan Coen. The story is about the infliction of intolerable physical and psychological suffering of Louis Zamperini during his internment […]


Young Filmmaker Prepares to Direct First Feature-Length Film

  Harrison Sissel is a new father who is proud of his new baby boy, but the other “child” in development bears the name, Unfortunately, Jack. “Currently we are in pre-production, working on storyboards and casting and such, and about to launch an IndieGoGo campaign soon,” he says. “If the crowdfunding goes well, we could […]

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Filmmaker Looks Toward First Full Length Feature

Filmmaker Looks Toward First Full Length Feature

Nicholaus James has been methodical in building up to his film company. First, he had Romantic Reels, a videography company that films weddings. Then he started Yellobrick Studios. Yes, it’s homage to his Kansas home and the ability to dream and vision in creative ways for corporate clients. Now, he has Puma Pictures. This burgeoning […]


Four Film Festivals Present Variety for Movie Lovers

During September and October, film lovers will have plenty to rejoice as four regional festivals offer up films. LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA FESTIVAL OF KANSAS CITY The Latin American Cinema Festival is sponsored by Sociedad Hidalgo and the Morelia Sister City Committee of Kansas City. The movies run Saturdays through the month of September and the […]


Guardians of the Galaxy: Galactic Goodness

A while ago, (last fall to be precise) I was listening to Stan Lee, former CEO and Chairman of Marvel Comics, being interviewed by Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast and the topic of film “success” came up. Specifically, Lee was asked why he thought most of the superhero-themed films developed by Marvel prior to […]


Transformers: Age of Extinction: Age of Boredom

Well … that happened. All 165 minutes of it. All two hours and forty five minutes of low quality special effects, horrific dialogue, zero story and ridiculously lame characters of it. To say Transformers: Age of Extinction is a colossal waste of money, resources and time, is an extreme understatement. To be fair, I did […]

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