Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Tomorrowland’ Serves Up Disney Fantasy Saga

  Decades ago Walt Disney envisioned a futuristic place where today’s problems would no longer exist… He called it that place TOMORROWLAND. Like many other Disney creations that have become attractions at the company’s theme parks, they were eventually transformed into … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential:  ‘Mad Max': Off To High-Octane Man Cave

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a two hour visual attack on your senses unlike any you have probably experienced in some time… It’s a ferocious, almost surreal action extravaganza that grabs you from the start and never lets go. When it … Continue reading

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New Jack City: In-Room Hotel Porn Going Flaccid

  It’s not just newspapers and greeting cards that are getting their lunches eaten by the Almighty Internet… Even the hotel porn biz is starting to suffer. Say dad’s off to the annual industry convention in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, New … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Mismatched Pair Yuks Up ‘HOT PURSUIT’

I have to admit that my expectations for HOT PURSUIT were pretty limited… That after seeing the trailer. On top of which, I’d suffered through Melissa McCarthy’s  TAMMY last summer. So I was prepared—and got exactly what I had expected – as in … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The High Costs of Business Travel

  They’re in, Business Travel News’s cost measurements for the top 100 domestic markets this year… These indexes are used by Corporate America to judge the cost of lodging, food and car rentals in various cities. They also often determine the … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Avengers’ Dropping the Hammer on Ultron

No synopsis, plot or spoilers here! Instead here’s my overview of what will likely be this summer’s top performing movie: While AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is the follow-up to the third biggest grossing movie of all time (the others being AVATAR … Continue reading

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New Jack City: No Obamacare for Comcast-Time Warner Deal

I thought I’d never say this but a tip of the hat to the Feds for putting the squeeze on Comcast’s proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable… A merger that was good for consumers? If you believe that then just look at what these type … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘True Story’—Strange Tale Of Opposites Attracting

Team Jonah Hill with James Franco and you’re in for a laugh-a-minute at the movies, right? WRONG! What we’ve got instead with TRUE STORY is a hard hitting, psychological drama of a psychopath and a redemption seeking reporter whose identity he … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Woman In Gold’ Reclaims Painful Past

Sometimes an individual performance overshadows everything else in a motion picture… So it is with Academy Award winner Helen Mirren—make that DAME Helen Mirren—in WOMAN IN GOLD. That’s not to say that the film itself lacks interest. After all it … Continue reading

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New Jack City:  ‘FURIOUS 7′ On Super-Charged Easter Egg Roll

FURIOUS 7 is kicking butt and taking numbers… Don’t believe it? Look at last night’s pre-opening late show ticket sales. F7’s Thursday evening domestic box office take was $15.8 million. How does that compare to FAST AND FURIOUS 6? This latest … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Furious 7′ Ueber Delivers For Fan Base

Make no mistake about it but FURIOUS 7 could very well become the biggest opening weekend box office winner so far this year… North American premier ticket sales for this seventh outing of the franchise are being projected at $125 … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘GET HARD’—Crash Course For Raunchy Prison Stretch

I had seen it far too often… A high concept storyline that can easily be described in a single paragraph. Back it by a hefty TV advertising blitz and Hollywood serves up yet another goofy quickie comedy. So you can imagine … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Are There Any Kodak Moments Left?

Someone asked me recently how the theater conversion process from film to digital was coming along… Well, I’m happy to report that the transition in Kansas City is now complete. That’s not to say that a few local theaters haven’t kept … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Low Euro Makes for Cheap Euro-Vacations

Can parity be far behind? It’s sure looking that way when it comes to the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro. On my most recent trip to Europe last summer, I was still paying approximately $1.37 for each Euro. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Cinderella’s’ Once Upon A Time—Is Now!

The 1950’s CINDERELLA is one of Walt Disney’s most beloved animated fairytales ever… But that was then and this is now. And just like with ALICE IN WONDERLAND and MALEFICENT, Disney goes back to the well to bring the story’s original message of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: 2015 Drive-In Season On Track To Break Records

We’re not quite there yet… The excellent weather of late may be fooling us but Spring doesn’t arrive until the Drive-In Movies are back for the season. And that first date is Friday, March 20—which coincidentally just happens to be the real … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Vince Vaughn Disappoints In ‘Unfinished Business’

You think it’s easy being a critic? Think again. It’s a job that leaves yourself wide open for many a disappointment. Case in point. I’ve been a fan of Vince Vaughn’s brand of comedy for quite some time now. Loved … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’—Is Just That,

2011’s BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL was a real charmer! It brought out the Medicare crowd in droves. It also had what the industry calls legs. Translation: The film didn’t burn out at the box office after just a couple of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘The Book of Mormon’ @ The Music Hall, Kansas City

 No display ads for the show in the newspaper lately… Hardly any TV commercials either. Did THE BOOK OF MORMON really make it to Kansas City? You bet it did—and for a two week run no less! The Tony Award … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hold On To Your Stubs, Here Comes the Bottom of the Barrel—The Razzies!

Not everything was glitz and polish in Hollywood this weekend… Oscar Eve ushered in the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards—the RAZZIES. It’s Tinsel Town’s tackiest trophy derby honoring the worst of everything the film industry had to offer during the … Continue reading

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