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No offense to Fr. Tom in Guthrie Center but the Easter weekend ended on the highest note w/ this long lost, never released ‘ 72 concert film. A great reminder of the talent we lost last year. One of our greatest singers, at her peak singing the gospel music she loved. Wow! A

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Many Christian films are not that great, but this one is top-notch. With a strong true story & a B-level cast, everyone brings their A-game. In 2015 a middle schooler fell through the ice on a pond & suffered catastrophic injuries but amazingly survives. Powerful. Kleenex! A

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In a nutshell, the new Hellboy…Hell No! I liked the first two movies a few years ago but this new version is over the top bloody, violent & sick. Trying too hard to be hip & funny but the tone just falls flat. Stupid story, horrible fx plus disturbing & disgusting ending. F

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A crazy plan to build a fiber line between KC and Wall St to get trading info a fraction of a second early to makes for a nice premise but it fails to tell a compelling story. This could’ve been a fun caper film but the writing & direction fall short & waste a talented cast. C+

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My high hopes for this reboot were dashed early. Run-of-the-mill horror film w/ a few nice scares & some disturbing creepiness. Clarke is excellent as the dad & Lithgow effective as the neighbor who knows the secret. Reviewed the original 4/22/89 with 7 out of 10. This time a C-!

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Yet another excellent, thoughtful look at the ugliness of racism. Rockwell & Henson take what could’ve been “not so great” and take it to a high level. Both are fantastic. In the crazy world, we live in, it’s nice to see a movie with strong values and a well-told story. A

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The intersection of chick flick & art house film, the strong cast & well-told story makes this a thumbs up for me. Set in Hamburg during WWII cleanup, Brits Clarke & Knightley take over a German architect’s home but allow him to stay. An inevitable love triangle ruins the fun. B

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Disappointed by this new version. It’s like Disney & Tim Burton tried too hard to make it bigger than it needs to be. Starting w/ the cast…Keaton (not good), DeVito, Farrell, Eva Green & Alan Arkin?! This is Dumbo. It’s a simple story at heart. Good movie but not great. B

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Jordan Peele’s second film, Us, opens with a $70M weekend! Family on vacation undergo a home invasion by evil doppelgängers? Very dark, violent & bloody film. Not for kids. I don’t know if I understood exactly what was happening & why but I still enjoyed it very much. B+

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THE MUSTANG gives us a look at a little known program to capture the still 100,000 plus strong population of wild mustangs & take them to prisons to be broken & sold at auction. We see a man w/ a nasty past as he rehabilitates the horse & himself. Gritty but really good. B+

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An American remake of a Chilean film starring Julianne Moore as a woman in her 50’s stumbling through life. Work, dance clubs & adult children keep her mostly busy. She meets a new man and life briefly perks up. A slow but strong film with a courageous performance by Moore. B+

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Dev Patel stars as a man hired to kidnap a soon-to-be bride & return her to a former boyfriend in THE WEDDING GUEST. A taut thriller that takes several unexpected twists & manages to entertain from start to finish. Probably not in town for long so hurry to see it. A-

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Former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for themselves instead of the country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival. B+

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Loved Brie Larson & the effects were truly special, but the story seemed to drag and was more Star Trek than great MCU. At 90 minutes this would’ve been fun, at 2 hours plus, a bit of a chore. 3D was excellent & Law, Jackson and Bening were solid. Not great but pretty good. B

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I very rarely walk out of a film, maybe less than ten films in the last 40 years. It has to be worse than bad. It has to be offensive. Walked out of CLIMAX today. French dancers at a party with LSD in the sangria. Dark, disturbing, weird & sick. Couldn’t take it anymore. F 

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A true gem on Netflix, THE HIGHWAYMEN, with Costner & Harrelson. The true story of the two lawmen, Texas Rangers, who tracked & found Bonnie and Clyde. Great history, great acting & well told story thanks to director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side and The Rookie). Powerful. A-

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Last year CNN Documentaries gave us RBG & Three Identical Strangers. Now we get an amazing look at the groundbreaking moon mission APOLLO 11. In 1969 we sent a 6.5 million pound rocket into space at 4000 ft per second! Vintage films brilliantly tell this story. Crazy good. B+

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With low expectations, Alita surprised me. Set in 2563 after the “Fall,” Alita, a cyborg, is pulled from a trash heap & rehabbed. This entirely computer-generated character is excellent. If the storytelling could equal technology, it’d be great. Still good. B.

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Real life couple Bardem & Cruz are great in EVERYBODY KNOWS a thriller/mystery set in Madrid where Cruz’s daughter is kidnapped from a family wedding. Tensions abound as the family tries to find the kidnapper & rescue the girl. The ending didn’t work well for me but still good. B

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Not expecting to find great sci-fi when I walked into CAPTIVE STATE but that’s precisely what happened. Earth now under alien control, John Goodman as a high-level cop trying to infiltrate the resistance. A story well told & well acted with impressive effects. Sleeper for sure. B+

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GRETA features a great director and two fine actresses in the story of a young woman in NYC who by chance meets an older woman & they strike up a beautiful friendship. That friendship ends in a creepy way as the movie gets darker & darker. Reminded me of a good 70’s thriller. B/B+

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Cranston, Hart & Kidman remake a wonderful French film and do an admirable job. The true story of an unqualified man is hired to be an aide to a wealthy quadriplegic. A different movie that the first but still very good. Hart is funny not trying to be funny. Heartwarming! B+

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An absolutely charming finale to this great animated series with previous films in 2010 & 2014. Such a sweet story of a boy/young man & his pet dragon, Toothless. Stunningly beautiful animation & strong, strong voice work, This series doesn’t get the credit it deserves. A-

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Not sure we needed this sequel & after seeing it, we didn’t. Five years later we find ourselves in the basement with a young man and sister creating the action/story. It seemed like the movie was created/written by a child. Quite clever but it can’t sustain that level. C

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Take a coat to one of the coldest & exhausting movies ever. Mikkelsen as a stranded pilot in the Arctic must find a way out before the bitter cold & wind take him down. A great performance in a movie that will both inspire and frustrate you. A must-see at the Fleur Cinema! B+

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Rebel Wilson in yet another movie where she hits her head & moves into a fantasy world, this time, her life becomes a romantic comedy! Harmless but brainless, the film is mildly amusing but nothing special. Since the title asks, Isn’t It Romantic? My answer… No!  B-

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Admittedly I’m a sucker for these stupid Liam Neeson movies & this one is no exception. When bad guys kill his son, there’s hell to pay. Don’t worry about keeping up; the movie gives you a title page for each death…Speedo, Limbo & many others. Dark, dark comedy but fun. B 

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Want to be a fashion designer gets involved with the Mexican cartel, drugs & machine guns. Now that’s not a plot you see every day! The movie started well but sagged significantly in the middle before collapsing at the end. Other than a lot of gunfire, not any point to the film. C+ 

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Avengers Endgame

PG-13 | | ActionAdventure

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors:

 Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

The White Crow

The story of Rudolf Nureyev‘s defection to the West.

Director:

 Ralph Fiennes

Writers:

 David Hare (screenplay), Julie Kavanagh (Inspired by her book: “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life”)

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

Director:

 Pamela B. Green

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