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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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New Jack City: CinemaCon 2014 — Hollywood On Steroids

Note to naysayers… If the movie industry is in trouble you sure couldn’t tell at last week’s huge international CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. Not only did this year’s annual exhibitor-distributor love fest break all previous attendance records, the convention’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Scathing ‘BAD WORDS’ Delivers On Title!

If  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body count in SABOTAGE or the mighty screen spectacle of NOAH doesn’t float your boat this weekend, then a subversive comedy may just be the ticket… And count on  BAD WORDS getting pretty dark when it comes to … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Like A Fine Wine—’The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Seems like every year a certain little film comes along that’s being carefully nurtured by its distributor and eventually turns into a hit—right along with the major studio releases… A good example would be last year’s THE WAY, WAY BACK. This … Continue reading

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New Jack City: B&B Rescues Kansas City Drive-In Theaters

Kansas City is one of the top movie going markets in America on a per capita basis…  Box office figures show peg ticket sales here at approximately 25% above the national average. Not bad for being the 34th media market, … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The Good, The Bad & The Pissy

I’m a Virgo and I’m not apologizing… Virgos are defined as being picky, exact, critical, methodical with great attention to detail. Which is why I’ve decided to get real bitchy today about the little things on the local television newscasts that really … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Need For Speed’ Delivers for Gearheads

On my way to the screening of NEED FOR SPEED I was fully expecting another FAST & FURIOUS…. However, that’s not what I got. The FAST & FURIOUS franchise has improved with ongoing chapters. So the comparison should only be … Continue reading

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New Jack City: The Kansas City Auto Show’s Ugliest Ducklings

OK, so you went to the Greater Kansas City Auto Show and loved some of the new models… You even thought about buying one but the wife hates your taste in cars and says the one you like is ugly. She … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’300: Rise Of An Empire’—Bloodbath Gone Wild

We’ve all heard of an EXTREME screen, but nothing that I’ve seen in recent memory prepared me for the visual bloodbath of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE… It’s the follow-up to the Zach Snyder-directed 2007 graphic, box office hit ‘300.’ … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Fasten Your Seat Belts for Non-Stop Thriller

Forget those damn snakes on a plane… That was eight years ago and things have gotten even more frightful up in the clouds. In the movie NON-STOP, worldwide, geezer action star Liam Neeson plays a troubled U.S. Air Marshal. His next assignment: a routine New … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Oscar Night – Tight Races, Fearless Predictions

No wagering, please… Unless of course you’re willing to lose your investment. Because let’s face it, my annual Oscar predictions have been less than accurate of late. I’ve been coming in at no higher than 75%, bt fearlessly I carry on. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ’3 Days To Kill’ an Exercise in Absurdity

What a mess… Is this movie a Parody? A Love story? Or an absurd Hit Man Thriller? After watching 3 DAYS TO KILL I’m still looking for the answer to that question. If nothing else it could easily pass for a made-for-tv … Continue reading

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New Jack City: COMCAST Cable Guys Attempt Hook Up With Time Warner

Say what you will but buyouts—or so-callede mergers—among power players are the new capitalistic rules of the game… The latest has # 1 cable operator COMCAST hooking up with runner up TIME WARNER CABLE. The TWC stock price has been … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘ROBOCOP’—Flashy Remake Doesn’t Disappoint

To borrow an expression, crime has an even newer enemy… Director Paul Verhoeven’s original ROBOCOP was quite the subversive and satiric spectacle back in 1987. It even fostered two sequels which were—-well let’s just say less than remarkable. This week ROBOCOP … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Monuments Men’–The Rescue Of 1000 Years Of Culture

Movie casts and be deceptive… And with an all star assemblage that includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett one would think The Monuments Men would be loaded with action-adventure and plenty of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Topeka Airline Angst—Use It Or Lose It

In a KC Confidential story late last year, Hearne questioned the feasibility of new twice a day United Airlines service from Topeka to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport… My being in the travel agency business, he asked my opinion at the time. “Not … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Labor Day’ Counter Programs Football Weekend

The screening was for LABOR DAY, a love story set to open wide on January 31st. But hold it right there. On Super Bowl weekend? Of course. It’s the normal counter programming targeted to women as instituted annually by Hollywood on a weekend where … Continue reading

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