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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘PATRIOTS DAY’ *** Boston Strong Tribute Thriller

Terrorist attacks on society today are sadly turning into common events. So when a filmmaker like Peter Berg  sets his sights on a rather recent such occurrence like the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, some people may feel it is … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Cutting Through the Cinematic Clutter

There’s a lot of film product in the movie marketplace right now… So WHAT to see? Let’s cut through the clutter. My five Best Bets at the Box Office: First, of course, there is ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘FENCES’ Promises—And Delivers!

It is not often that we are treated to this calibre of acting… Adapted from August Wilson’s stage play where it won a Pulitzer prize as well as a Tony award, director Denzel Washington elevates FENCES to even greater heights. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Tinseltown Turns ‘La La Land’

It may take a little prodding to get your guy to come along to see something called LA LA LAND… And once you get him into the theater and he sees the opening sequence taking place on LA’s busy ‘405,’ his first … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Jack Does ‘Star Wars’

  The following is not a review… Think of it as more of a ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY overview. First off, bear in mind what we’re getting here is not only the big picture of the holiday season but a … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Nocturnal Animals’—Quirky Dark Tale Of Love & Cruelty

The 2016 holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with a bizarre psychological tale of double-revenge… Think thriller with romantic eccentricities. The first CLUE? A weird opening sequence of overweight, middle-aged women performing  burlesque dances. My reaction: What have I gotten myself into? But … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Who’s On First?

Ever notice how much influence Southwest Airlines seems to have over local leaders these days? They sneeze and Kansas City’s movers and shakers are right there with the handkerchief—and a hardy Gesundheit. Okay, that may be slightly overstating our relationship … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Motion) Picture Perfect Holidays

Welcome to Hollywood’s annual Bye-Week… It’s the week after Thanksgiving when the major studios pretty well release—NOTHING. It’s also the weekend before the first of the major Christmas releases hit local screens on December 9th. So it’s a good time to … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Espionage Thriller ‘Behind Enemy Lines’

MR. AND MRS. SMITH it’s not… That said,  did ALLIED spell the end for BranJelina? Was French siren Marion Cotillard the final straw? Guess we’ll never know. ALLIED is another World War II entry for Brad Pitt playing a Canadian intelligence officer who … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Howard Hughes: Warren Beatty Style

Warren Beatty… He’s still doing what he likes best—making movies. And give the guy credit, for his latest project called RULES DON’T APPLY, he takes on an extra load by not only starring in the film but directing, producing and … Continue reading

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New Jack City: (Hold) The Envelope. Please…….

It’s that time again. The movie awards season has arrived… * The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12. * Golden Globe awards night is January 8. – – – – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Edge Of Seventeen’— New Coming-of-Age Classic!

Bet you wish Hollywood still produced those great coming-of-age dramedies John Hughes served up in the late 1980’s… Who can forget the likes of SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is growing up hasn’t … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Disingenuous ‘ARRIVAL’ a Complex Inter-Species Encounter

I’ve seen the television commercials for ARRIVAL… Complete with quickly edited hints of an alien invasion and the world in a state of panic. The end of the world as we know it? I was ready for another CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Tom Hanks ( And I) Endure Italian Thrill Tide

Tom Hanks kicked off the 2016 fall movie season the weekend after Labor Day… Many in the Industry would have considered that date to have been suicide at the box office, but not for Hanks who overcame the naysayers by turning … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Double-Dosing (Dipping?) On Political Ads

Let’s not kid one another… Major television media companies are still a great investment with their enormous holdings throughout the country. Sure there are ongoing signs of diminishing returns for TV stations as other delivery systems make inroads on local affiliates. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’–I Wish

Did 2012’s original JACK REACHER screen adaptation really warrant a sequel? Depends on how one looks at it. I’ll get to that in a few graphs. In ‘JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK’ Tom Cruise returns as the former military officer … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘American Honey’ Stiffs; Is KC Ready For Its Close-Up?

There’s an old show biz saying that goes something like this… If people don’t want to see it—there’s no stopping them. I guess one could apply that expression to the latest feature motion picture to be partially filmed in Kansas City and … Continue reading

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NEW JACK CITY: Jack Meets Up With ‘American Honey’

This is not really a movie review… But since AMERICAN HONEY filmed some of its scenes in Kansas City and Johnson County, I felt that I better touch on it—all 2:42 hours of it. First off, the basic story line … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Accountant’—What You See ISN’T What You Get!

THE ACCOUNTANT is not who you think he is—or WHAT he appears to be… In one sense he’s an accounting specialist who offers savant-like skills with numbers to some of the world’s most dangerous outfits. His other side is one driven … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Troubled ‘Girl On The Train’ Turns Obsessive Thrill-Ride

At first glance most fans of the genre will want to compare director Tate Taylor’s THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to David Fincher’s modern marriage gone wrong thriller GONE GIRL… Well I’m here to tell you that THE GIRL ON THE … Continue reading

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