Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

New Jack City: Star Adds Insult To Delivery Injury with Phony Cruise Scam

Something for nothing, anybody? To say my newspaper delivery has been irregular at best would be charitable. I’ve been keeping the phone numbers to the customer service departments of both the Kansas City Star and USA Today handy because I know I’ll be needing … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘And So It Goes’ – Geriatric Dramedy Aiming for the Social Security Set

The pickings have been slim for older audiences so far this year… Sure we’ve had LAST VEGAS, CHEF and JERSEY BOYS, but nothing to match previous geriatric breakout hits like THE BUCKET LIST and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL. This weekend marks … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Coming Soon—Spirit Airlines—Release the Hate

Buckle up! The wait’s almost over and we’re in for new, ultra-cheap fares in a couple weeks. Because on August 7th SPIRIT AIRLINES spreads its wings to KCI with a single daily non-stop departure to four cities (Service to the 5th—Houston—begins August 8.) … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Sparkless ‘Sex Tape’ Triggers Viral Coitus Cornucopia

Jason Segel to Cameron Diaz: “Do you remember erections?…..We should have sex sometime.” But 10 years earlier things sure were different. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other—doing the deed in all kinds of places, settings and positions. That’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Hill & Tatum Top Themselves in ’22 Jump Street’

Sometimes sequels can be funnier than the original… It doesn’t happen often but that’s what we’ve got THIS week at the movies. 22 JUMP STREET finds partners Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) back in action. But after making … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow at KCI

Space available at KCI… Two ticket/check-in counters at Kansas City International Airport will be going dark in the not too distant future as a pair of major airline brands fade into history. The first to disappear for good will be The … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Tom Cruise Lives, Dies, Repeats In Sci-Fi Romp

I’m not going to refer to it as Tom Cruise’s GROUNDHOG DAY… I’ll leave that observation to the intellectual critics. After all, that could be an insult to Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy classic. However, there are similarities. In the mega-budget EDGE OF TOMORROW Cruise plays U.S. Army … Continue reading

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New Jack City: USA Today, Whitey Herzog Dump On Royals, Owner David Glass

Talk about can’t get any respect… The consistently down on their luck Kansas City Royals sorry state made the cover of USA TODAY‘s sports section under the headline: “Royals Flushed With Frustration.” The story begins with former Royals wunderkind Bret Saberhagen who won Game … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Seth MacFarlane Takes Uneven Stab @ Raunchy Western

Can ANYTHING touch 1974′s classic western spoof BLAZING SADDLES? Probably not. However, with A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST tv/movie mirth maker Seth MacFarlane gives it a try. And what he’s ended up with is a ‘B Western’ in … Continue reading

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New Jack City: BMW—Guilt By Association?

When it came to the media’s coverage of last Friday’s murderous rampage near the UC campus in Santa Barbara, California I was amazed at the media’s fixation on the alleged killer’s automobile…. Pray tell what the car brand Bavarian Motor Works had … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Adam Sandler in ‘Blended’ Vortex

Hollywood dilemma… How do studios tweak their release schedules around a potential juggernaut? They counter program by reaching out with film fare least competitive to the tentpole opening that weekend in the market place. Or else they stay away from the date … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Holy Cow–Priests Gone Wild

A sad sign of holy times… We’ve all heard the lurid stories of Catholic priests with, you know, problems. And a good number of those even hit close to area parishes and went far beyond the rounds of confessions. However an ad … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jon Hamm Pitches Fast Ball Culture Shock in ‘Million Dollar Arm’

Give Disney credit… Sports movies haven’t much ignited the box office of late. The last to strike out was Kevin Costner’s recent DRAFT DAY. And in the ever more important international movie market football and baseball films have an even … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Yuppie Warfare Against Fraternity in ‘Neighbors’

Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are a laugh factory… Their specialty: raunch comedy, including previous outings such as KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD, THE GUILT TRIP and THIS IS THE END. And let’s be clear, since BRIDESMAIDS raunch has become the new norm. In … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Spidey Spins Fun Marvel Adventure

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is a ton of action, emotions and fun even though it’s about 20 minutes too long… Two hours of the web-slinging would’ve been plenty—for me at least. (I saw the ending approaching at least three times only for the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Other Woman’ Delivers—Until the Halfway Mark

Sure it’s a chick flick but that’s not the issue here… How can a very funny and well-acted tale of double—no make that triple adultery—deteriorate into just another goofy, humdrum, predictable revenge comedy? It boggles the mind. THE OTHER WOMAN doesn’t break … Continue reading

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New Jack City: KC’s Summer Screen Sizzlers

 It may not seem like it but as far as Hollywood is concerned we’re two weeks away from the official kick off to the 2014 summer movie season… It all unfolds on Friday, May 2 as the Spider-Man legacy focuses … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Kevin Costner Scores High Marks With ‘Draft Day

Make no mistake, Kevin Costner knows his sports movies… BULL DURHAM, FIELD OF DREAMS, FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME and TIN CUP to mention a few. Meanwhile filmmaker Ivan Reitman of UP IN THE AIR, GHOSTBUSTERS, STRIPES and ANIMAL HOUSE … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Southwest Airlines Holiday Booking & Rapid Rewards Alert

It goes without saying that Southwest Airlines provides the biggest lift out of KCI… Yet despite what you may believe, Southwest is not necessarily the lowest ticket in the market anymore. It all varies by where you are flying to. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Captain America–The Winter Soldier’ Delivers The Goods

Some would argue that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER doesn’t stack up to Marvel Studio’s original 2011 movie… Then again everyone has an opinion. For my money it comes mighty close and plays well beyond its fanboy base. Make no … Continue reading

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