Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential: Coen Brothers  Channel Vintage Hollywood

A new Coen Brothers movie usually ranks as an event with certain cinephiles… And you know who you are! Through the years the brother filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Cohen has taken on just about every genre imaginable. From BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA … Continue reading

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JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL: ‘The Finest Hours’  Sea Disaster Drama Delivers!

THE PERFECT STORM it’s not, but there are similarities… THE FINEST HOURS is the dramatization of the U.S. Coast Guard’s greatest sea rescue mission of all time It’s the heroic, true story action thriller of the incredible 1952 small boat … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘ANOMALISA’—Graphic Puppet Sex & Then Some

I’m having a real hard time trying to describe ANOMALISA to you… The first hint of this surreal outing was the film’s creator Charlie Kaufman who got the cinematic project off the ground thanks to Kickstarter. Never heard of Kaufman? … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’13 HOURS’ — Benghazi Eye-Opener!

“You’re NOT C.I.A.—You’re Hired Help!” That statement from 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI pretty well describes what the security contractors found themselves in upon their arrival in Benghazi. 13 HOURS is producer-director Michael Bay’s dramatic action-thriller about the attack … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jack Poessiger’s 2015 Movies Wrap

This is not another Top 10 list. It’s just my thoughts, surprises and disappointments experienced while spending countless hours watching movies in dark auditoriums this past year. Sure I fall for the Hollywood hype sometimes only to be pleasantly surprised … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Star Wars’–The Force Delivers On All Fronts

If I had to choose just one word to describe STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, that word would be TERRIFIC! Nothing against George Lucas, mind you, but selling LucasFilm to Walt Disney has been the best thing that could have happened to … Continue reading

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New Jack City: A Sneak Peek @ Hollywood’s Holiday Season

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! With this weekend’s kick-off to Hollywood’s Holiday Movie Season, here’s the upcoming celluloid lineup for the greater Kansas City market. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘CHI-RAQ’—Spike Lee’s City of Brotherly Murder

Never underestimate anything that AMAZON bets on… For example, the giant company’s latest venture is into theatrical movie production via its new subsidiary AMAZON STUDIOS. And long as they’re getting thing going, why start off with a bang and a touch of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Tarantino Forces Film–And Then Some

Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino, he’s become one of America’s hardest hitting directors and filmmakers… Many of Tarantino’s cinematic achievements have reached cult status! From DJANGO UNCHAINED to INGLOURIOUS BASTARDS, RESERVOIR DOGS to KILL BILL: VOLUMES I & II and PULP … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Creed’ Scores Big for Stallone & Jordan

I’m going to be honest… I almost skipped the critic’s screening of CREED a couple of weeks back. Did I really need to see another ROCKY? But I am here to tell you that missing that movie would have been … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Spotlight’ Shakes Catholic Church to the Core

This may be a bit premature but I am declaring SPOTLIGHT the best motion picture I’ve seen all year… Of course, that can change with some yet to be screened Christmas releases, but I seriously doubt it. SPOTLIGHT is the sensational true … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2’ Arcs Out the Future

How sad it is to see Katniss Everdeen bid this power franchise adieu… Maybe that’s overstating matters a bit as MOCKINGJAY-PART 2 brings the highly successful ‘Hunger Games’ storyline to a worthy conclusion. The good news is that its millions of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: 10 New Movies Set for Thanksgiving

Ten new movies will be competing for KC’s entertainment dollars during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.. And what’s more, there’s not a turkey in the bunch—well maybe a couple. Here’s the latest KC holiday release schedule. Opening Friday, November 20: * … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Love The Coopers’—Multigenerational Yuletime Angst

Is it time yet for a holiday movie? It may seem a bit premature but LOVE THE COOPERS could easily be set around any holiday. Think of it as dysfunctional family regifting. LOVE THE COOPERS borrows from a lot of movies—even hinting … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Bond’s Back—And He’s Bullet Proof!

I’ve been Bond-ed since the very beginning: 1962’s DR. NO… To think that SPECTRE is the 24th official installment in the longest running movie franchise ever is hard to comprehend. We’re talking half a century here! So to point fingers … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘TRUTH’—’60 Minutes’ Memogate of Embarrassing Proportions

If you can look past left-leaning elements of this film you’ll be intrigued by it the way I was… It’s also a must-see for media junkies! We’re talking the docudrama TRUTH which takes us behind the scenes of what turned … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Steve Jobs’—Mesmerizing Study Of A Brilliant Egotist

This STEVE JOBS movie is not a documentary… Nor is it your typical bio drama. Instead it plays out very much like a stage production presented in three acts. To be more specific, behind the scenes of Jobs’ three iconic product … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Bridge Of Spies’— Tom Hanks Brokers Cold War Spy Exchange

Can a feel-good spy drama set during the Cold War era still work today? It can—AND DOES—when helmed by director / producer Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks in the starring role. In BRIDGE OF SPIES Hanks plays an attorney specializing in insurance … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’99 Homes’ — Ambitious Morality Melodrama

It’s called 99 HOMES… You probably haven’t heard much about this movie. And I would speculate that it will probably have a pretty short shelf life in theaters. However it may find a larger audience when it hits On Demand and … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Martian’—Thought Provoking Space Opera

THE MARTIAN: This could actually happen, you know? A mission to Mars being disrupted and going awry due to a sudden and violent wind storm on the red planet. The exploring astronauts having to seek refuge in their spaceship—except one: Matt … Continue reading

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