Author Archives: Jack Poessiger

Jack Goes Confidential: ‘mother!’—Hallucination or the Apocalypse?

Call me dense, unimaginative or just plain dumb… But I just didn’t get it, at least I don’t think I did. mother! starts out innocently enough. Newlyweds Jennifer Lawrence and her quite a bit older husband Javier Bardem sharing their … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Stephen King’s Creepy ‘IT’ Fires on All Cylinders!

Not every novel-to-screen adaptation can be a winner… But take my word for it, THIS one IS! We’re talking ‘IT’ based on Stephen King’s 1986 best selling novel which literally scared the hell out of readers—and didn’t do much to … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Promises Not Kept by the Kansas City Star

Why does my local newspaper lie to me? It’s Monday morning on Labor Day. My gym has delayed its opening hour. So why not relax with a cup of coffee and browse my Kansas City Star. Easier said than done. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hotels Take Page From Airlines

Guilty as charged! Yes, I admit it. That I’ve double-booked hotel rooms in the past only to cancel them at the last minute—or not at all. It used to be when you canceled your reserved room by 6:00 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Snakes On A Plane’ Meets ‘Deadpool?’

They call this an Action-Comedy… And it is. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is nearly two hours of non-stop R-rated mayhem—with a bloody body count to match. What makes the movie unique is its primarily Dutch setting. You don’t see that too often. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hollywood Cuts Out Print Ads

Say it ain’t so Star gazers—but it is! I went to the library recently to look over some older editions of THE KANSAS CITY STAR from the 1980’s and 90’s. I just wanted to wanted to see what the Friday movie … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Dysfunctional ‘GLASS CASTLE’; Nomination Bound?

Brie Larson’s star is certainly rising… She won the Best Actress Oscar for last year’s ROOM. However that was not so much a mainstream movie as her upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL. But we’ll have to wait until 2019 to meet up with … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Acclaimed Director Christopher Nolan Succeeds with ‘DUNKIRK’

Can you imagine a superhero movie right smack in the midst of summer? And no, I’m not talking about masks, spider webs are pointed ears here. What you get with DUNKIRK is the true story of the nearly impossible battle … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Epic Third Ape Journey Concludes Franchise

Apes together—STRONG! Caesar and the apes are back in a face-off with humans led by brutal Colonel Woody Harrelson. In WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES  Caesar guides his flock while wrestling with his darker inner instincts as he … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: 16th Adventure in Marvel Cinematic Universe Unleashed!

Young Spider-Man to Tony Stark: “What do you want me to do?” Tony Stark to Spidey: “I think you’ve done enough.” It’s been three years since the last installment but this reboot is going for an entirely different feel and time frame … Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘Mamma Mia’ – Here We Come Again—the Frothier the Better

  Now that the MAMMA MIA! national ‘Farewell Tour’ made its “final” stop at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, it’s time for me to reflect… For me, it all started in 200o when the popular play made its US tour … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Book Of Henry’—Refreshing Summer Discovery.

Despite of what you may suspect, I don’t ONLY review big budget, major studio movies… Case in point, the new drama-thriller, THE BOOK OF HENRY, that opens this weekend in limited runs. How to describe it? For starters it’s a so-called … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gal Gadot OWNS ‘Wonder Woman’

DC Comics’ WONDER WOMAN has been around since the early 1940’s—way before Lynda Carter brought the character to television in 1975… That series aired through 1979. And Gal Gadot first exposed the character to the big screen in last year’s (so-so) … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: With Latest ‘PIRATES’ Disney Gets It Right

Let’s be honest, Captain Jack Sparrow had become a bit long in the tooth… Disney’s slightly pickled and down-on-his-luck swashbuckler didn’t fare very well the last time we met up with him some six years ago. Sparrow’s search for the fountain of … Continue reading

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New Jack City: More Non-Stops @ KCI – Who’s Kidding Whom?

Much as I favor a new, modern, single terminal at KCI… Don’t believe for a minute that we’ll see a noticeable uptick in arrivals and departures because of it. Does anybody actually think our international service beyond Toronto and Cancun will … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Amy Schumer Unfiltered In ‘SNATCHED’

When did so-called chick flick comedies take a sharp turn to the left with heavy doses of sex—and raunchy language? To my way of thinking it happened six years ago. BRIDESMAIDS set the stage when Melissa McCarthy and gang potty-mouthed their ways across … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ to Rule Box Office

It’s that time again… The season of change from everyday movies to studio tentpoles. (Translation: Hollywood’s summer movie season is upon us!) For the past several years that high velocity popcorn timeframe has been ushered in by the latest Marvel … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘FURIOUS 8’—Hell-Bent Popcorn Flick

  THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is obviously not intended for critical analysis by reviewers… But what the heck, I’ll give you an overview of this eighth installment in the blockbuster franchise anyway—the first one without its late co-star Paul Walker. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘GIFTED’—Emotionally Spirited Comedic-Drama

  It’s gotta be tough always being the pretty boy… After all he IS Captain America! So it’s nice seeing Chris Evans in a small film for a change—in a role that has him a little more grounded. In GIFTED he … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Whole Foods to Exit Metcalf Location

The rumors have been swirling for some time… Unfortunately, now I have learned that they are true! WHOLE FOODS MARKET will be closing its popular Overland Park store at 91st and Metcalf at the end of the year. It’s something the … Continue reading

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