Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

New Jack City: Obama Slums It @ Holiday Inn Lawrence

Perception is everything… But President Obama overnighting at the Holiday Inn during his visit to Lawrence? Give me a break. Was it the indoor pool at the Holidome? The daily housekeeping, the self-laundry facilities, ATM or limited fitness center that … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ SMASHES RECORDS!

This just in… Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper took in $90.2 million domestic 3-day opening weekend – double the industry’s prediicted numbers. The anticipated 4-day Martin Luther King weekend gross: $105 million. Exit poll scoring: A to A+. Warner Brothers distribution chief … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Obsessive ‘Foxcatcher’ Disturbs & Fascinates

Two amazing motion pictures both opening in KC on the same date! Coincidence? Not really. After all it’s Hollywood’s Oscar nominations weekend and both films are taking advantage of the extra buzz and publicity. The first, of course, is the earlier reviewed … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Clint Eastwood Brilliantly Directs Bradley Cooper As ‘American Sniper’

Years ago the actor Clint Eastwood uttered his now famous words, “Make My Day.” Today the phrase could easily be attached to producer-director Eastwood’s latest contribution to the American cinema scene. With AMERICAN SNIPER the 84 year-old filmmaker flawlessly lays bare the account … Continue reading

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New Jack City: So Much for Airline Service Out of Topeka

    Remember when I chuckled at the announcement of United Airlines non-stop service out of T-Town to Chicago about this time last year? Two small jet round trips a day, to be exact. I predicted at the time that without a continued … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Selma’ – Powerful Story of Painful American Movement

Some naysayers have blasted SELMA for its supposed inaccuracies… They say the film distorts the REAL goings-on during those painful days in 1965 when Martin Luther King was well into his campaign for equal rights and passage of the all important … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Sony Entertainment, Now What?

My final thoughts on THE INTERVIEW debacle… Bear in mind that I fully supported the nation’s top theater circuits for having taken their tough hands off stand in not showing the movie. In my opinion it’s got nothing to do with … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Imitation Game’—Eccentric Tale Of Code Cracker

Much of the credit for World War II ending in 1945 instead possibly a couple of years later can be attributed to a gentleman named Alan Turing… Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the brilliant British mathematician and cryptanalyst responsible for breaking the Nazi’s … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Big Eyes’ Paints Imbalanced Courtroom Showdown

Whenever Tim Burton’s name is attached to a movie, curiosity drives me to want to check it out… So it is with Burton’s latest outing, BIG EYES. And yet, but for the fact that it’s a true story I probably would have … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘The Interview’—Not In Your Backyard?

If you want to see that raunchy, goofball comedy THE INTERVIEW, it may take a road trip… Is it a case of freedom of speech with the big movie theater chains? I don’t think so. I believe it’s a matter … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Exhibitors Were Right to Pull the Plug on ‘The Interview’

My take on movie exhibitors pulling THE INTERVIEW from their screens for Christmas? It was the right thing to do. Ultimately the circuits dumping the movie led to Sony Entertainment scrapping the picture for good. Yet as late as early yesterday afternoon,  evening press … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Reese Witherspoon Captivates In Gritty ‘Wild’

If you read Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail you’ll be happy to hear that the film follows the book quite closely… You may also be wondering how well WILD translates to the screen. Rest assured that DALLAS … Continue reading

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New Jack City: “Birdman’ Tops 48th Annual KC Critics Awards

The 24 members of Kansas City’s Film Critics Circle have spoken… Representing local and regional radio, television, newspaper and on-line media outlets— they  voted Sunday for The Best On Film for 2014. And the KC’s Critics Circle’s top pick this year was “BIRDMAN” … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Chris Rock Hits With ‘Top Five’

You’ve gotta give Chris Rock a lot of credit…  After a period of involving himself with—shall we say—less than stellar movie parts, all of the sudden he’s turned edgy again. Rock wrote, directed and stars in his own motion picture … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Holiday Air Travel Tips—Read ‘Em & Don’t Weep!

A few holiday angst travel avoidance reminders… With the legacy carriers all booked to the brim during the upcoming holiday peak travel period, here are a few last minute tips that may keep you from experiencing a ruined Christmas trip. First … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘THE HOMESMAN’ Ratches Up Odd Western Tale

This isn’t your father’s western! THE HOMESMAN has no cowboys – just a few indians – and one of the strangest road trips west of the Mississippi (heading east to Iowa). The film is definitely not for everyone and could easily … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Lowers The Bar—And Then Some

Were there REALLY any good reason for a sequel to 2011’s raunchy ensemble comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES? OK, I keep forgetting the business end. After all the first one grossed $118 million domesticly and another $92 million worldwide. Making it a … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Deck the Halls, Hollywood’s Gifts to Mankind

I give you, Kansas City’s 2014 Holiday Grid of major movie releases: Starting this Friday, Nov. 21—“THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay-Part 1″ (Lionsgate)—Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philips Seymour Hoffman. = = = = = = = = = = = = … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Lives Down to Expectations

Go in thinking stupid and you’ll feel right at home… In 1994 the Farrelly Brothers took stupidity to new heights—or lows as some might suggest. They called it DUMB AND DUMBER which debuted to an impressive $16.4 million opening weekend. The farce would ultimately enjoy … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Interstellar’—Psychological Mind Bending Melodrama

If there is a single word that best describes INTERSTELLAR it would  be AMBITIOUS… Ambitious in the movie’s approach of marrying human emotions and sci-fi physic theories. And if there’s a central theme, it has to be, do not go gently into that … Continue reading

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